Before Dirk got injured he wasn't looking his usual self to me. It looked like someone had replaced his Duracell batteries for an inferior brand. Whether thats due to the new instructions from Hodgson, lack of fitness (due to World Cup), or a dip in form, I don't know. The players are struggling to come to terms with Roy's methods from what I can see. I cannot think of a player signed under the previous regime who is revelling under Hodgson. Maybe that's because of the tough fixtures we've played so far, and players low on confidence with all the uncertainty at the club?
Maxi vs Kuyt? Kuyt's not impressed, and is now injured. So, it's Maxi, Johnson, Babel, Cole or one of the youngsters? Or maybe Gerrard should do a shift there? I'm struggling to see what Roy's "vision" is so I don't know how he wants us playing. For me, it wouldn't matter who played there. The team on paper against United looked pretty good to me, but didn't start performing until the second half, (a common trait of this side this season). It was interesting to me though that the team started performing when we went 2 goals behind and he threw on Ngog to partner Torres. A bit of positivity maybe, an act of courage? The shackles seemed to be off though, or maybe that was just a coincidence? Thought Benitez was supposed to be the negative one, and Roy would be taking the shackles off? Seems just the opposite to me, but maybe I'm just thick.