Overall a very underwhelming game from 2 pretty average sides. Obviously a great start from us with the goal for Gonzalez and we probably should have had another but we got a few great breaks and just didn't get the lass t bit right.
Then in first half injury time we gave away a needless foul ( lattibeaudierre), they lump it across and from inside the 6 yard box and unmarked goon heads it in. Stupid to give away the free kick but criminal for nobody to challenge for the cross. Felt like it should have been the keepers.
Great to see Mendy getting some game time. He really looks strong and powerful with his runs from deep even if nothing too much came from them but he really worried Utd. Times his breaks really well I thought.
The 2nd half was weird as Utd had two golden chances early on. Breaking through far too easily and only great one on one saves by Grimmy kept us in it. Apart from that though I didn't feel they would score. Trouble was I couldn't see us scoring either. We had a number of exciting breaks but sadly nobody knew either how to make the right pass or even bothered to pass at all. Very frustrating and as a result I am not sure we created anything at all bar one break down the middle where a slightly heavy touch by Gonzalez allowed a big defender to get a toe in at the last second.
Gonzalez did ok, Poveda is a talent. I was disappointed with Smith tonight which is unusual. He just hardly featured at all. He seeme to be playing well forward tonight and never seemed to get on the nall. Normally he plays from deeper , even a sitting role, so maybe it was a learning night for him. Hope so as I really like him as a player.
All the others worked hard but nothing stand out ( bar Grimshaw's saves). Our movement up top I thought wasn't great and it all left me thinking that Simon Davies is not the coach we need for our young players. Nothing new there.