When the conditions are like they were yesterday you just need players to do their job, especially when they are down to 10 men. I thought we were easily looking second best before Adam got sent off, they had more fight and desire and they actually looked like a team whereas we didnt. Lambert looks like he is doing a good job, with what is actually a very average squad.
Pickford was his usual solid self, the commentator I had was bashing him every time he didnt cant the ball cleanly, but in those conditions he did everything he needed to do. Stop the shot and control the ball enough to get your hands on it before anyone else does. At the other end Butland was poor. Im not sure what he was doing for our first, he should have done better with the second and he also tried punching that Keane shot which was right at him. He had no control over where that ball was going and it could have even gone in the back of the net if he wasnt careful. Of those two, Pickford is definitely the better keeper.
Baines and Coleman were solid and dependable as always. Nothing special, just doing their jobs in tough conditions.
Jags and Keane showed themselves to be forming some form of partnership. I was underwhelmed by Keane again at time, Jags covered him at least 3 times in open play where he had been beaten and Crouch had pinned Keane just outside the 6 yard box before Jags came in and nicked the ball off him. He is still a risk IMO. Jags was not foot perfect himself, I havent watched their goal back again but my first impression was that he was at least partly responsible for it, but you could see he was the leader at the back, he was doing his job and helping those around him.
Gana and Davies were as bad as each other, although I at least had sympathy for the latter who was trying to press, trying to get forward, trying to make something happen. Gana only seemed to want to know in the last 10-15 minutes and he seemed content to let the game pass him by. The moment that typified him was when he gave the ball away with a shocker of a pass only to jog back after it when Stoke countered. If that was Schneiderlin he would have got slaughtered. Both Gana and Davies are better than they showed today and I back them to bounce back.
Rooney was a bit quiet early but he slowly started to run the game for us. With Gana and Davies below par, he was doing everything in midfield, but doing it simply. It was the exact type of performance we needed in the circumstances and on most weeks he would have been MOTM. When you talk about leaders on the pitch, that was him and Jags all game.
Walcott and Bolasie were also much of a muchness. Walcott did a lot more between the thirds but when he came to the big moments, where I would expect Walcott to outshine Bolasie all day, there wasnt much between them. I have mentioned Walcott in his own thread, so I wont go into him any further but, Bolasie did f*ck all for most of the game bar whip in 2 almost unplayable balls, one of which we scored from, and one which we probably should have. He probably has one of the wickedest deliveries in the side, real pace and whip, but my God you have to go through a lot of head banging to get one.
Cenk scored to good goals, he maybe should have done better with the first bite of the cherry for the first goal, but his second goal was a really brave header. The ball wasnt meant for him but he gambled, something where a certain previous striker would have sat on his heals with his head in his hands, but Cenk got in there, ahead of the defender in case it fell to him. He was slow to get going but he just improved minute after minute.
The subs didn't really do much, DCL missed a great chance and ultimately tried hard but lacked quality and Schneiderlin and Holgate barely had a kick.