Good, compact performance and managed point without playing too well. Not big fan of Turner but we was outstanding today, as was Onuoha. Far better second half after substitution. Big test on Sunday but can go into game with confidence.
Ratings (from online stream)
Gordon - 6 did well first half but at fault for goal
Onuoha - 8 - subdued Bale well
Ferdinand - 6 - thought he stodd off Bentley a bit too much before injury
Turner - 9 - outstanding, some great interceptions
Bramble - 8 - one mis-kick on halfway line, otherwise solid
Henderson - 7 - quiet but harried well and more involved second half
Cattermole - 7 - closed down well, unlucky with booking
Riveros - 6 - quiet but did nowt wrong
Zenden - 8 - very good, showed his experience
Richardson - 6 - didn't get involved, gave away a lot of free kicks
Gyan - 8 - little support but battled and took his goal superbly
Bardsley - 8 - closed down well and Bentley was subdued as game went on
Welbeck - 7 - couple of good runs, worked heard for team
Malbranque - no rating - only had five minutes, nearly won penalty
Was worried when saw teams before kick off and first half we were poor in possession. Fair play to Bruce for having courage to change it at half time, much improved second half.
Another decent performance on Sunday hopefully and then have slightly easier run (on paper). Having seen every game (live or on internet) except the Mags game this season, cannot comprehend how we lost 5-1 from what I have seen in other games. Occasion must have got to us and Mags played to their best.
"What's that you say, Joker? You'll be back? Somehow, I don't think so....."