17 points from the opening 8 games is better than any of us imagined but after the performances so far we were left shocked by how poor the side played at Millwall today. The 1-0 scoreline doesn’t reflect the game in any way, shape or form and if we had been beaten 4-0 we couldn’t have much to complain about.
We simply didn’t show up today and I have little doubt that Thomas Christiansen will know the problems. He was quick to address two issues at half time but with only three subs available it was hard to rectify them all, maybe eight or nine subs would have been more suitable on the day. players looked shattered and were second to every ball from start to finish. We pulled out of tackles, had no composure or creativity and were all over the shop at the back, the absence of Liam Cooper clear despite Conor Shaugnessy not doing too much blatantly wrong.
Even the reliable players were struggling today. Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling were dragged about all over and Vurnon Anita was left exposed and looking like a player who simply couldn’t cope with his opponent in Jed Wallace. Felix Wiedwald made some important saves but his distribution was off, and at the top end of the park it is fair to say we had absolutely nothing, Stuart Dallas the only player looking like he could create anything, but there was nobody to create for in reality. Saiz wasn’t given the ball much and we were second best in the middle of the park, like we were all over.
The season has started so well that we can’t get hung up on one bad performance but we need to address the issues we had today, and with what we know about Christiansen he will analyse and look to pinpoint what went wrong today. The players have proved they are playing to a high standard and today they simply were not good enough. The players have taken the praise so far and this will be the first time they face criticism and how they react in the next couple of games is now the most important things. The ratings for the site will be revealed later on this evening.
It’s no time to stress, we are top of the league.