I thought we were fantastic at the Hawthorns.
After yet another slow start when we might well have conceded and, if that had happened who knows what the outcome may have eventually been, we set about imposing ourselves and playing our new brand of football in an impressive manner.
Indeed, such was the quality of the team performance that it is difficult to single out individuals. All of our midfield players had a good day. Kouyate drove on imperiously, Lanzini was busy, busy, busy and a constant threat, Payet was back to something near his best and Noble even managed to get on the score sheet from open play – twice! In fact, his second goal and our third was a thing of beauty, prompting the cry from the faithful ‘too good for England, too good for England’ in some sort of mock irony, not that Hodgson will either have been watching or even care.
Antonio was once again magnificent too albeit more in terms of supporting the attacking play rather than acting as a right back. Some of us were incredulous that he was again selected in that position but as someone pointed out on my Twitter time feed, Billic was obviously keen to play both Sakho and Carrol and in so doing the only way to accommodate the excellent Antonio was in the right back position. I guess, if you look at it like that, it has some sense to it. Kind of feel for young Byram though, whose time must surely come/