I think first half we ended up stooping down to their levels of niggly shithousery which took any flow out of the game whatsoever. Helped by a referee who had no control, it was a first half which made us look worse than we are. How we can see shirts being pulled at set pieces from the stands but a weak official 10 yards away can’t, I don’t know.
I put this on Twatter at half time but I feel we need to be a bit smarter at times. If the refs pulling 2 players out for a word before a corner/set piece, 9 times out of 10 he’s going to give a free kick as soon as it’s played. At that point, play it short - don’t give the ref a reason to penalise you.
Second half once we’d composed ourselves it was a different game. Considering the hype surrounding them and their football, there was only one team trying to get the ball down.
Has that number 8 taken any of those free kicks on halfway yet?