A WIN! Not the best, or prettiest, but we’ll take it. We weren’t great in the middle of the park, but in the final third we looked more alive than we have for a while, and could actually have scored more than one goal. But that utopia will wait for another day.
ADAM BOGDAN: 7 Calm, commanding, imposing. It was all a bit mad really. Feels the ball into his gloves like a test match wicket keeper, rather than looking like a cat trying to grab a ball of wool. Like no-one in particular.
CONNOR RANDALL: 6 Looked a bit hurried out of it at first, but grew into the game well. Ran some great attacking angles, like the rugby league player he looks like.
KOLO TOURE: 4 That’s got to be it now, surely.
DEJAN LOVREN: 7 Might have been a Kolo comparison, but thought he did well. Looked quite happy, too. Got some clean sheet record this season now.
NATHANIEL CLYNE: 7 Poacher extraordinaire. Did well on his wrong side. Won a few tackles when they looked like they might break.
JOE ALLEN: 5 Started like it was him making his debut rather than the young lads around him. Got into it eventually, probably helped by the change of system. Wasn’t exactly a performance that played him into contention though. Which is what he should be aiming for.
CAMERON BRANNAGAN: 5 Don’t wish to patronise him by giving him higher. He did some things ok and didn’t do a lot wrong.
JOAO TEIXEIRA: 6 Did more things better and more worse than Brannagan. Great for the goal. Showed flashes of more, but I can’t imagine him rocking up at Stamford Bridge.
ROBERTO FIRMINO: 7 Looked the classiest player on the pitch. How you stake a claim. Lively and dangerous, without having a huge amount to hit ahead of him.
JORDON IBE: 7.5 Man of the match. Aggressive in the first half, twisting and turning and picking the right moments to cross. Intelligent second half, coming inside and creating space for others. Most mature performance in red.
DIVOCK ORIGI: 5 Good for the goal. Better when he comes deep and runs with it, than his back to goal. We need him to do the back to goal stuff, though. As well as the scoring in the box.
MARTIN SKRTEL: 6 Wasn’t Kolo Toure
LUCAS LEIVA: 7 Wasn’t Kolo Toure
ADAM LALLANA: N/A Wasn’t playing long enough
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