A tale of two halves and a sensational finish after a lead had been squandered. Lots to talk about and many of you are on the message board including this from bangsection
Looked to me like we believed our own hype in the second half. It’s great to have a skilful player like Ledesma in the side but the other players have to realise that they are not suddenly playing tiki-taka at the Camp Nou. More than once in the second half we were guilty of overelaborating when we should have put our foot through the ball (Sadler’s mistake for the penalty being the most glaring example).
The ‘camera’ celebration was a nice moment but I prefer that kind of thing when you’re 2-0 up in the 90th minute rather than the 38th. That was Coleman’s half time team talk sorted. For whatever reason we just didn’t turn up in the second half. The midfield were non-existent and we missed Macken terribly – Bowerman is not a ball-retaining target man and Ledesma was much quieter, in part because of an utterly cynical late tackle by their right back which the officials somehow missed. They targeted Westlake mercilessly and he looked well out of his depth. I can see Smith’s dilemma – rushing Taundry back if Beevers is injured would have been risky but one of them must start on Saturday.
I’m finally reconciled with the point – partly because I suddenly remembered that Butler’s goal had won me £50. But let’s hope that’s the last 45 minutes we see like that this season. The substitutions? You’ll need to give me a bit longer on those, I’m afraid.