Could of brought big bassey on in midfield just for his running power going forward, ball just kept coming back at us after 70mins
Re Bassey in a driving supporting role to a forward that option didn’t come to mind at the time but i see your thinking now .I agree that the one possible sub that could have made a difference was perhaps Hellander. However replacing for a forward wouldve equally meant being totally under the kosh for the last 20 min without having any realistic goal threat. We may well have held out but given Benficas constant goal threat there was no guarantee, they were bloody good. Both our midfield and defense done well to contain them, but I think it was our lack of midfield options on the bench last night that cost us. Someone clever enough to hold the ball up better in their half and at the same time still pose a threat.
maybe Goldson n helander as CD and balogun in front or even between would have been possible . Of course what we have to recognise is of it was entirely unrehearsed then it is a high-end gamble but we have used it before briefly in another game .