After that incredible game of football there was a mixed bag of good and bad performances – which I guess you’d expect when we score three but concede four. Here are our thoughts on the heroes and culprits;
Vito Mannone – 6
Whilst he does avoid any blame for the goals scored, he was pretty awful with some of his distribution. Pulled off an excellent save mind.
Phil Bardsley – 4
No getting around it I am afraid he wasn’t great. At the end of the day, when a winger pulls out a performance like that and nobody fancies helping you – you’re always going to have a bad day. His own goal proved the winning goal too despite making amends moments later. He didn’t shy away from the match at any point and was involved in most aspects of it. Still has something to offer, can’t afford to let him go with our current squad.
Andrea Dossena – 5
Always very willing to get forward and certainly makes a reasonable impact doing it, but this is the Premier League and you need a full back who can defend – he finds this very difficult. What on earth he was doing for Lampard’s goal I’ll never know.
John O’Shea – 7
The four goals conceded don’t do the centre backs any justice, they were very good once more. Needed help from his midfield and fullbacks but didn’t get it. Nice finish.
Wes Brown – 7
Same as above minus the goal, such a good footballer this bloke though.
KI Sung-Yeung – 6
The only midfielder not to look out of his depth and was his usual tidy self.
Jack Colback – 4
Probably should have seen red, probably should have been culpable for a Chelsea goal is Fernando Torres wasn’t so useless. Definitely poor.
Craig Gardner – 3
I’ve got no more patience for this lad. Doesn’t follow his man, doesn’t link the play, doesn’t get in the box, doesn’t win tackles and doesn’t do anything. Surely has played his way back to the bench.
Fabio Borini – 7
I really liked watching him today. Unlike some of his previous appearances – he was constantly there, constantly looking for the ball. Often wasteful, but I’d rather see a player be wasteful in trying to force an attack than passing sideways or backwards.
Emanuele Giaccherini – 5
Meh, he was okay. His biggest struggle seemed to be deciphering whether he should be helping out Bardsley or Altidore in their respective roles – ended up stuck in the middle doing neither.
Jozy Altidore – 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
Well and truly justified his inclusion, led the line very well, took his goal even better. Nice and direct, Gary Cahill in particular really struggled to deal with him. Steven Fletcher has competition.
Seb Larsson – 6
Considerably better than Colback was, but that isn’t saying a great deal.
Adam Johnson – 5
Bottled it in the last minute.
Steven Fletcher – 5
Used just to hoof balls at, only won one of them and just generally wasn’t involved in the short time he was on the pitch.