Having watched the game last night, and the short higfhlights today on Youtube, I offer the following on the goals conceded:
First goal: when the opposition are attacking in the 'last third', it is incumbent of our midfielders to be at the edge of the penalty area to cover any pull-backs to intercept/pick up any low crosses there. No one was tight enough on Plug, who was able to steer his shot with his weaker foot. Not the first time this season that that area has been bereft of our misfielders. Midfielder error...
Second goal: Two things. 1) When we are attacking, we need at all times to maintain a defensive shape and mark the opposition attackers who stay upfield. Sadly Digne was yards away from Salah when the pass to him was unleashed. After that, Digne was never going to catch him. 2) Pickford's positioning, given that every man and his dog knew where Salah was going to place his shot. Take a look at this screen print. Pickford was too far over to his (Pickford's) left, and left the major area where Salah was going to shoot wide open. He should have been at least a yard to his right, to give himself a good chance to make the save. Two positional errors.
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Third goal: Coleman was given a ball to control that was waist-high to him. Terrible header by Allan. Not Coleman's fault in my view. Allen could have headed the ball to safety, had he had the spacial awareness required to note that Salah was simply going to take chance on charging down Coleman. Error by Allan. Into the mix, we should also put the corner we had, which didn't beat their first defender. That corner should have hgih right in centre of the 6-yard box, like every one of their corners.
Fourth goal: Good turn and shot, but stay upright Pickford, DO NOT go down in an instant!
At 2-1, they did look to be a bit rattled in the second half, and then we let them in with the softest of chances...