So just getting home.....my thoughts are:
They came out very sharp, very strong for the first twenty minutes and our boys seemed a little bit put out by that which is disappointing as you've got to battle in these games from start to finish. Jan I honestly have no idea what was going on with him today, you simply cannot give opportunities like the one he did away in these kind of games, away from home especially and get away with it. Just wasn't his day not only with the penalty but a few positional plays he wasn't at the races with, the same must be said of Aurier who took a big step back today regarding his defence nous. He got targeted by that lot and rightly so as he wasn't sharp, focused and in tune with the pace of what was happening unfortunately.
Juan will get some blame but only short sighted ball watchers who don't understand the steps he's taken recently will do so. I thought he looked so good until a lapse in concentration made him lose that ball and just his luck at the moment they scored from it with so much still to do.
We didn't get into their faces, we looked a bit groggy and stifled which I can stomach but throwing away a lead we were fortunate to have at half time just reeked of a lacklustre and negative attitude. They did a number on Eriksen and rightly so and I do think that quick fire, out of nowhere equaliser shook us a bit and we never really gained any composure thereafter.
When they scored the 3rd I was keen to see how we changed our mentality as we would need to attack and they would inevitably sit back as the clock ticked on but that quickfire 4th made the game dead and buried. It's a shame but we need to re-focus, need to keep focus that we've now played NINE away games in 14 games and have a glut of games coming up that we can make amends with.
Losing to that lot is never niceand the ref was, as predicted a **** that made some needlessly useless calls but away at their place with the whole of the stadium revved up for it because of how far they've fallen and how far we've come was never going to be easy.
Don't blame Juan, he's the pup of the group. If you need to blame anyone I'd suggest the guys who never got out of third gear or made them feel like we weren't going to be powderpuff in the 2nd half. It happens, its football but I'm not going to lie I'd have liked to see a bit more brains mixed with a little more brawn when they equalised, I'd have like to see us go for the throats a little more but onwards & upwards, our fanbase, players, traditions are far classier than they ever will, let's see what kind of Woolwich turn up in the return fixture when they haven't got 60,000 meatheads backing them.