Very disappointing tonight. Too many players went missing in the second half. My rating of the players is:
- Looked very dodgey at times tonight.
- Normally a solid defender but he just doesn't offer enough going forward. Our full backs need to over lap the wingers more. Carragher gets a nose bleed when he passes the half way line. Poor again. I would prefer Phil Neville at right back. Sorry
- Our best defender todate. Hopes its not a serious injury.
- Not playing to his best ability and not commanding enough yet. Will need to improve if we are to progress.
- I'm worried as Cole normally is so assured at full back and I would guess our best left back. But he is completely out of sorts. Maybe due to his lack of games.
- We will do nothing in this World Cup if he is not dropped. No pace. Can't defend and offers very liitle apart from the odd set piece. Even his crossing has been poor these last two games. Lennon offers so much more.
- Another top class player not performing.
- Considering the amount of stick he has received I thought he was one of our better players tonight.
- One of the few players to come away from this game with any credit. Great goal and looks dangerous going forward.
- Looks to be out of the competition but will we miss him? So much was resting on Owen shoulders but with his lack of games and not being match fit he was going to struggle without his knee problem.
- Desperately needs games to improve his fitness and maybe a gamble too far.
- Didn't do much tonight but always a threat with his ungamely style and height. Maybe our only chance of silverware with Owens injury and Rooneys lack of match fitness. Thought Walcott should have been given a chance but wasn't. Why was he taken?
- Another who has hardly played this season and is lacking match fitness. He will always give his all but will it be good enough.
- Maybe a candidate for M-O-M and only played 21 minutes. Much better than Lampard and our best midfielder by far.
- Completely useless tosser. His gamble only taking 4 forwards has now backfired. Should not of been offered an extension to his contract. Clueless. But is still the luckiest manager alive. Still undefeated but the group was one of the easiest and we still struggled. We will be lucky to progress further if we play like this again.