Surely Ole could have said to him that we don't want you to go, Lindelof is my first choice but you're our most experienced defender and you can get back in the team if you're willing. I might be wrong but I think virtually every other defender was given more pre-season games than Chris, the message seemed pretty clear from Ole.That would be Smalling.
So pretty much a standard performance then. Looks good for 89 minutes until he fecks up/gets injured/injures someone else. He looked better than usual because he didnt directly cost us a goal this time, he had help from others.Think he was quite good but at the same time he could have done better at both goals.
I wouldn’t say laughable however he was not alone at fault for any goals. The first goal came after he clumsily gave away a freekick and Maguire but also Jones should have covered better for Matić in case he did win the header.Excellent personal display from Jones last night. Laughable that anyone is trying to blame him for either goal. Have to stick with this pairing now and hope Jones can stay fit - he is several levels above Lindelöf if he can get a run of matches.
Good performance? He got skinned multiple times by players who have spent most of their careers in non league football. He was awful.Good performance in a very easy game. City next is the real test for our defenders if he plays. Good goal that should help his confidence.
They created nothing. Was really no troubles for us at all.Good performance? He got skinned multiple times by players who have spent most of their careers in non league football. He was awful.
The fact that they managed to make him miss a tackle and get past him is bad enough tbh.They created nothing. Was really no troubles for us at all.
They had one counter where Jones missed a tackle and got past him. No dangers apart from that.
Watch bloody Liverpool today. They got totally destroyed by a league 1 side and they have the best defense in the PL.The fact that they managed to make him miss a tackle and get past him is bad enough tbh.
Wouldn't happen to a player who can actually defend.
Within 10 minutes he fell face down into the mud, looked like he was covered in shit and got a yellow.
Phil Jones being Phil Jones.
To be fair to him, the opposing player had hold of him, and did the normal thing when challenged by a defender, he fell over, earning a free kick, and Jones a booking, very unfortunate in my eyes.