Never really got to grips with Stoke's physicality, Fletcher in particular used his strength, height and experience to teach the defence a lesson, it wasn't really until Konsa came on and he got tired that he stopped bullying everyone. Joe Allen sitting on Buendia, (another experienced player who knows his job) made the lack of other creative outlet obvious although we still picked them apart everytime we upped the tempo.
The first 20 minutes they put the back four under a lot of pressure, Young struggled and Bogarde was getting ruined by Fletcher. AEG was appalling but that is the type of player he is.
What is encouraging is there is a clear identity to the team, hugely confident on the ball anywhere on the park. They made multiple mistakes trying to knock it around the back, these can be forgiven in games like today but they need to smarten up.
Carney was good when he came on, would like to see him be a bit more selfish but what a player he will become.
Less said about Wesley the better, all over the shop again and loses his head. I feel for the guy after what he has been through but crucial that there are no passengers.