Bassey, Helander, Hagi, Itten, Barker, Stewart, Barjonas, Dickson, King
Who out of that stops the midfield being completely overran the last 20 minutes? We could bring Helander on for a forward but that just invites more pressure.
We should have shored it up. Gutted Jack wasn't available to bring on but hey ho. All in still a good result
Okay, but would Itten or Bassey or Helander have done the job in midfield?
Let's bring in sam Allardyce then.40 matches were played this week in European competition. Gerrard was the only manager not to use at least one substitution. It's awful and a major flaw in his managerial ability at the moment.
Let's bring in sam Allardyce then.
Honestly, some on here seem to think we're up there with the top european teams.
We're punching well above our weight, maybe something you would do well to remember.
Sounds great.We were going to freshen it up immediately before they scored their first. The game was changing we were running on empty. It was obvious.
Itten Barker and Hagi were all coming on.
As soon as they scored it should have been Helander on hold what we have crowd the box. Break up play with the next sub Barker for Roofe, as soon as Barker is on their defence is sitting deeper not pushed up to the halfway line.
The two goals we conceded were sloppy goals down to tiredness. Players not staying goalside.
For the second game in a row they have made full use of their subs and came from two down on both occasions.
I don’t think playing through us was ever likely to happen.I remember at Rugby Park we brought on Balogun as a 3rd centre back when we were hanging on so they wouldn't play through us.
We should have done that in Benfica when they made it 3-2.
And we should have done it tonight at 2-1.
Kent was out on his feet, the team had put in a monumental effort and we were getting more and more tired. Go 5-3-2 and cut down the spaces in our box they could exploit.
It's not a bad result, they are a very good team, and so are we. But it's bloody frustrating to have failed to see it out twice like this.
Maybe tomorrow I'll be more positive!
Didn’t think we really had the subs available for were we needed change, it was our midfield 3 who tired but we didn’t really have an option off the bench for there
Tiresome reading this stuff from the OP. Other than bringing Helander / Bassey on, what could SG have done? Stewart for Morelos? Barker for Roofe? Barjonas for Kamara/Davis? Played a very good and very expensive team that were probably a bit too good for us tonight.
Why do you think he didn’t?This is a problem with SG, and could have backfired big-time on him. Fresh legs, using up time was obvious the right tactic. I can't believe he didn't react.
I don't know why he didn't, but a few players were spent. It's as if he is so engrossed that he loses track of time.Why do you think he didn’t?
He must have had a reason.
If so many can see it, why can’t he?
Not just Gerrard but all the back room team?
Same old on here. Some people just can’t accept that an after match criticism is not hindsight and it’s not just people looking for an excuse to have a pop.You really don’t need the benefit of hindsight to see that we needed fresh legs and that could have helped relieve the pressure and prevent 1 or perhaps even both goals.