Did not go today but my brother went; he reckons Johnson was excellent, Lolley getting back to his best, Gabriel very good again, in fact the whole back four was solid in the first half, Yates and Colback were solid with Colback playing more in the box to box role and looking good.
Mighten disappointed and Bong was shocking.
The team lost all of its composure once the changes were made in the second half
I only got to read articles on it unfortunately but was pleased to read that Lolley and Johnson were firing. If Gabriel is showing promise that is also good news as is Colback bring back - for all his limitations.
Soh was always going to be limited at left back but may be useful as a back up right back.
If Gabriel and Johnson step up and Soh starts to get some game time then that is no bad thing at all. There is still going to be a way to go but hopefully it won’t be so difficult…
So two games next Week before ko. Villa won’t be bringing their strongest team but should be a reasonable standard. CH must have clarified some of his thinking but other issues remain.
Gabriel looks good and has to be pencilled in for Coventry. As does two CB. Leaves LB where all problems lie. Does he go Richardson, Mbe Soh or Bong. He obviously hopes he has an addition to solve that problem but in mean time?
Two defensive midfield has a variety of options. Pick any two from Colback, Fornah, Yates, Cafu. If Forest do get Garner we can assume Man U will be keeping him till they have to name their squad. Thus v Cov it is any permutation one likes. Feel Yates starts but the other position is to fight for v Villa and Burnley.
Upfront Johnson, and Mighten have laid down markers with goals and Lolley had some good touches.
Feel CH will experiment with players a bit v Villa but is likely to be playing mainly the starting 11 v Burnley will be the shape and personnel v Cov. Be nice to have some new faces but it maybe some more weeks yet before we see any. Hope not.