Coulda, woulda, shoulda. These are the games we have to at least get a point from. When you dominate you have to make it count. Hopefully this isn't a repeat of past seasons. This always seems to happen after the first international break.
Here they are. Puke.
Reina - 6 - Nothing good, nothing bad. Rarely called upon. Nothing he could do for the penalty.
Carragher - 4 - Piss poor defending for the penalty. While I think it was a soft one with a slip and some embellishment, it was still a penalty. You don't wrap your arms around someone's waist in the box.
Enrique - 7 - Very good in the first half, tapered off a bit in the second, but does such a great job supporting the attack, but never seems to get caught out.
Agger - 5 - Indifferent, Stoke had few chances, but that wasn't really due to any fantastic defending.
Skrtel - 5 - Shaky performance, although he is playing out of position. He just isn't as good as Johnson at supporting the attack. I don't know how he gets away with the shirt pulling, but he always seems to. Living dangerously.
Henderson - 4 - And that is generous. WTF?! How do you miss a one on one not once, not twice, but three freakin' times??? Quiet all day and his passing and movement just seemed a little off the pace from everyone else.
Lucas - 7 - Another solid performance, although his passing was lacking in the first half. Nearly every through ball he attempted was cut out in the first, but the second half seemed much better for him.
Adam - 6 - Eh, not good, not bad. Did put in some great crosses, but also made some bad ones. I suspect the ridiculous mind may have effected him more than we would think.
Downing - 5 - Was he a sub or did he start? I didn't notice him until the final ten minutes. He makes such a difference when he asserts himself on the game, but today was not one of those days.
Suarez - 8 - Should have scored, although I will admit, it was a difficult one to take at the end. He is just so positive and even came tracking back to put in a crunching tackle in the first. Earned us an uncalled penalty.
Kuyt - 6 - He and Suarez were great for the first 15 minutes, then he faded a bit. I would have liked to see Bellamy and Suarez together for the second. Kuyt just lacks the overall creativeness needed to breakdown a team when there are 10 men packed into the box.
Carroll - 5 - Needed to step up, but hardly got a touch. I don't know what to say other than, he is still young. I wouldn't be surprised to see him dropped from the England squad based on his current form.
Bellamy - 6 - Looked lively, but wasn't given enough time to really impress. It did give a glimpse of what may turn out to be a very good signing.
Johnson - 5 - Did he get hurt again? I hope not. But he was brought on to help in the attack, but never got forward.
Clattenburg had a decent game, other than all the missed penalties. Carra's was legit, but still soft. However, if you are going to call them like that, we should have gotten 1 of the 3. Just a little consistency please.
I need to go take a shower. I feel dirty, like we just plowed in the poop chute. Oh yeah, it was Stoke, someone probably did.