Phil LUFC wrote:I'm working on the idea Firpo needed to be LCB as the only left footed option available. I don't like Ayling at CB really, not even in a 3 but especially not on the left side of it. He did well enough today though.
My mates who were at the game thought we improved after Harrison came on, so they'd probably agee with you about the substitution, at least in hindsight. We always struggle with a back three, but I thought our overall play today was mediocre. Luckily that will probably be enough this season. I'm constantly surprised when I think back to our time in the championship, and how the gulf between us and any EPL team seemed so gigantic at the time. Surely the average quality of EPL teams is lower today than it was pre covid?
Most positive from today was Firpo who is starting to look a lot more confident.
It's hard to really judge but ultimately football is just football, there's not a lot to separate most teams, just consistency (within the game as well as across games). When we came up the gulf was big for us but we play in a way which was a bit of a leveler. We still find our opponents regulatory state that know they've been in a game but they also happen to be taking away a result with them more often than not now. They have first hand experience of what we're like and not just their mates telling them we're tough to play.
If we could put our best performances on the pitch more often we'd be European challengers, we've undoubtedly improved since the promotion season but we're generally against teams much better than Preston and Birmingham.
I felt Brentford deserved something from the game, they exploited the momentary reasons with Phillips injured and after taking the lead they were disciplined enough for us to be unable to lay a glove on them while our own fuck ups threatened to give them a 3rd. We were better than them but not be enough to nullify them.