Best player on the pitch. Man of the match by a mile. Could have won the game for us with that magnificent outside of the foot shot.
Kuyt could be seen as a hindrance to his game tonight.
Sorry to disagree pal but I err...... disagree
Johnson was just about ordinary tonight. As were a lot, if not most of our team on this occasion.
I'm not being being unrealistic, or a hopeless romantic when I compare the football on display on the television screens the last couple of evenings to what was on display tonight. Nor am I being a pessimist by what I'm about to say. But I'm sure that that we all witnessed the differences ourselves without some nameless/faceless individual pointing it it out to us. And yes I'm talking about me, not Sky Sports.
Johnson hasn't done anything nearly enough to warrant a start ahead of Kelly, and Kenny as much as agreed that by stating that Kelly had been left out as a precaution or 'for a rest' due to the knocks he's had lately. to be honest I think we'd struggle to find anyone who'd disagree. That's not saying that Johnson hasn't played well either. He's been doing alright in his new position(s).
But lets not allude ourselves, if we want to win the best honours year in and year out then he's not the answer, not at right back anyway. And certainly not at left back.
We did a job tonight and we ended up with a good result, one that league winners& leaders of two other countries would have dared hope to have had at this point, but the fact remains that there are far too many 'average' players in our team for us to even pretend that we're back in the big time. Things are looking up, even without the Torres goal machine, but we need to continue to grow year in year out before we can 'expect' again.
Nothing wrong with hope though, I'm a big advocate of that and I'll always dream of what might be. Fourth place and a Europa win it is then