100% made the right decision fielding the weakened team tonight - imagine if we lost Allan as well tonight.
Not his fault that the squad at his disposal is a joke.
All eggs rightly need to be in the Premier League and FA Cup basket. Beggars can't be chooses, but we get through another couple of rounds, draw City A and lose in the 5th round. What's the point.
I'd much rather concentrate on the league where you can generate moment.
Bitter pill, but until the squad gets sorted out, it is what it is unfortunately.
That's fine but this team played just about the same level as the 'first team' has. i.e. really not that good and based on nothing but graft which quite simply isn't enough, because you need to have quality on top of it.
I've seen zero to suggest there's been any change or shift in how we play other than the players run about a bit more. Defensively we are just as open whenever we do anything but sit deep, except now we also can't defend set-pieces (or attack from them).
It's going to take time, but this idea we were seeing any shoots of anything other than being able to build 10-minute spells of momentum is bonkers to me. Our best performance was just a classic sit deep and play on the break, which we did loads last season anyway, albeit v Brighton we did at least have pace on the break which we didn't last year.
I also don't agree with the team was awful shouts. I think, Keane aside and maybe Doucoure, that wasn't the worst side to put out. I was expecting a lot weaker, tbh.