A lovely way to come out of a bad patch of form, a thumping win at one of the most in-form sides in the division away from home. Big names dropped, players returning and some proving a point after some horrendous games in recent times. How do we rate them on today…
Andy Lonergan – 7 – I though he was better today, his distribution was better and it was clear he had been working on it during the week. Pulled off one very good save and was assured throughout. Has taken his chance after Wiedwald was dropped.
Luke Ayling – 7 – I thought he was better defensively today than he has been in the last month. His passing was a bit rushed at times but he was proving a point at a club who didn’t think he was worth much and he proved that point. Love having him at the club, celebrating his new four-year-deal today.
Matthew Pennington – 7 – I thought he and Liam Cooper worked very well today. They defended within the area of the box and were solid. Bristol City did put us under pressure but Pennington looked very aware of what was around him and dealt with it.
Liam Cooper – 8 – I thought Cooper led us once again today. He hasn’t been playing well but he seemed up for the fight from the first moment today and he was very good at reading what Bristol City were trying to throw at us. Impressed.
Gaetano Berardi – 5 – I actually think even before the sending off he was having a poor game. He was misjudging things and missing tackles, it didn’t look great and the sending off was just daft. 0-3 up, why even get involved, just walk away. Three game suspension.
Ronaldo Vieira – 9 – #PASMOM – Back in the side and bossed it from the start of the game. Bullied Bristol City’s midfield at times and Lee Johnson said he controlled the game from start to finish. Has shown Thomas Christiansen what we have all been saying for weeks, Ronaldo Vieira is a starter every week.
Eunan O’Kane – 7 – Much better from O’Kane today and that was helped massively by the fact that Ronaldo Vieira was winning the ball back for the midfield time and time again. He didn’t have to run and run because the energy of Vieira covered the ground and he complimented him well, passed the ball and did his thing.
Kalvin Phillips – 6 – Frustrating at times but I thought he got about much more today than the last few weeks. Needs to drive into the final third and use his power on the ball more, not just when he goes into tackles. Played the most advanced of the three in the middle.
Gjanni Alioski – 7 – Much better on the day than his recent performances. Works his arse off for the side, always does even when he isn’t playing well. Thought he ran out of steam but he had caused a handful throughout and had left gaps for Saiz to exploit.
Samu Saiz – 9 – Another quality show today and really should be man of the match but Vieira’s comeback was pretty special. Saiz scored two early on and then just cruised through the game, he began to hold onto it a bit longer and should have had a hat-trick but just couldn’t stretch enough.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – 8 – Led the line with intent for the first time in a few games today and really caused the likes of Aden Flint massive problems. Wasn’t afraid to get shots away and scored a beauty of a header at a crucial stage of the game.