stu1 wrote:FYI I think Creswell, Kouyate, Ogbonna and Adrien were also partially to blame for the goals.
Chicken Run Supreme wrote:I didn't say Reid had a blinder -... he had a part to blame in both goals. By virtue of saying Reid was partly to blame of course it means there were others - Cresswell especially for the first goal was very static.
I think Reid and especially Cresswell are being rather unfairly scapegoated for the first goal.
Cress & Reid react to the loose ball at the same time, Reid is closer so Cress eases off. Bolasie darts past Cresswell and slides in to nick the ball from Reid.
Perhaps Reid should have shown more urgency in his clearance, or perhaps he should just have poked it out for a corner, but if he's unaware of Bolasie coming from behind Cresswell, then he's going to think he has time to look up and retain possession. He was probably looking for an option. Somebody needed to alert him. The two defenders (Ogbonna and Kouyate) just outside the six-yard box, who are looking at Reid and ought to be able to see Bolasie's run, don't say anything. Both ballwatching.
Even more crucially, they don't bother to pick up the two Everton attackers that had run past them and into the six-yard box, leaving them both free and unmarked when Bolasie's cross comes in.
Yes. they probably thought Reid would clear the ball and they'd be pushing up, but it was sloppy and lazy to not mark two onside strikers five yards away in such a dangerous position.
A very similar thing happened for the second goal. Ballwatching.