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Player Ratings : Hull City


WE WON! Let’s rate….

Lee Grant – 7

Made two good stand out saves, nearly ended up having a brawl with Pieters due to some silly miscommunication that could’ve cost us big time, couldn’t do much with Hull’s goal due to the deflection.

Ryan Shawcross – 7

Nearly got himself a cheeky assist after a ball into Berahino who finished but went just a few seconds early. Solid enough at the back too.

Player Ratings : Liverpool


Another defeat that can only be blamed on some stupid choices from Hughes….

Lee Grant – 6

Made some decent saves and stood no chance with both goals. Again, could question his distribution.

Glen Johnson – 7

Much better than his performance against Leicester, went forward well and did his defensive duties to a good standard. Linked up with Shaqiri well.

Player Ratings : Burnley


Boring first half followed by a shambles of a second….

Lee Grant – 6

Nothing too difficult to do, no chance with the Burnley goal, did the basics well although questions must be asked about his distribution.

Ryan Shawcross – 7

Pretty solid display, nothing caused him any major problems, making his fair share of clearances and as always, strong in the air.

Play Ratings : Leicester


Poor performance once again, however some stinking performances stood out more than others…

Lee Grant – 7

Left with little chance of saving both the N’Didi and Vardy strikes. Some good reflexes in making some close range saves and did well to push a couple of long range efforts around the post, distribution wasn’t too bad. Definitely made up for his shocker from the Chelsea game.

Glen Johnson – 4

Not sure were to start with this, was torn apart by Gray, couldn’t find a man when trying to help out with an attack, pathetic defending for Vardy’s goal, stared at the ball and allowed Vardy to get goal side. Terrible, Hughes certainly needs to look into our full back situation (We’ll get to Pieters)

Ryan Shawcross – 6

Picked up a stupid yellow card going in dangerously late on Gray, done the basics alright with his clearances,blocks and interceptions but struggled to deal with the pace Leicester have.

Bruno Martins Indi – 7

The better of the back four once again, very good on the ball and some solid defending at times to prevent things for getting even worse. Again, struggled to deal with the pace of Leicester although did deal with it better than his defensive partner. Not so dominant in the air, got beat a few times up there.

Eric Pieters – 5

Two Pathetic attempts at a headed cleared that should’ve ended in a Leicester goals in the first half, struggled with the basics, Mahrez caused numerous issues for him and got caught out of position a few too many times. Eric Pieters continues to add to his consistently poor performances.

Marko Arnautovic – 7

Looked our biggest threat throughout, put one on a plate for Crouch who put it wide. Shafted out of a goal with a bizarre offside decision.

Glenn Whelan – 6

Gave the ball away which ended up with Leicester’s first and provided little protection to the back four, another painful performance to watch from Whelan. Shows how much we need Cameron, the two are multiple levels apart.

Joe Allen – 7

Slow to close down N’Didi who unleashed one in the top corner. Did graft well and made some important tackles, pretty good on the ball but struggled to make any significant impact.

Ramadan Sobhi – 7

Created a couple chances and looked threatening at times with some lovely runs. Remained positive all game.

Johnathan Walters – 6

Used his strength and held the ball up well, like others, made no impact in the time he had.

Saido Berahino – 4

Grafted but did nothing. Made no impact at all. Had a shot that was the easiest save Schmeichel made all day.

Mame Diouf – 5

Subbed on as per usual, ran around for 20 minutes. Other than a lovely ball in that Crouch should’ve buried, did nothing.

Peter Crouch – 4

Should’ve scored twice with Diouf and Arnie putting it on a plate for him and had a header from a corner saved easily.

Charlie Adam – 5

Came on for 20 minutes, had the right idea in putting the ball into the box although due to his lack of technical ability he couldn’t actually pick out a teammate.

Mark Hughes – 0

Got the formation and tactics wrong. No game plan and couldn’t motivate the players. Manager rating will be a regular thing from now on just so I can express my frustration at Hughes still being employed.
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By Glenn Urwin (@GlennUrwin_)

Player Ratings : Chelsea


Good performance but a bad result, we can take positives from that but certain players really do need looked at…

Lee Grant – 5

Horrific goalkeeping for first goal, although this didn’t put him down and made some good saves from Alonso and Pedro in particular. Butland shouldn’t have a problem walking into the starting 11, hopefully for Leicester. Take nothing away from Grant, who up to today was our most consistent performer his season.

Phil Bardsley – 4

Picked up two stupid yellow cards, one for a needless and high challenge, the other for a dangerous late challenge. Went missing at times and struggled to cope with Pedro. No question Johnson is the superior fullback.

Player Ratings : Manchester City


Good point. Good performance. Good ratings…

Lee Grant – 7

Didn’t actually have much to do after a superb defensive performance. Made a pretty simple save from a Kolarov free kick and that was about it. Knocked the ball around well close distance but didn’t find his man too many times going long range.

Phil Bardsley – 8

Kept Sane in his pocket, stuck to him all game and ensured he did not cause any threats to the point we took. Only lost him once which realistically should’ve ended in a stoppage time winner but somehow Sane failed to connect. Quality performance from Bardo, kept one of City’s biggest dangers in his pocket.

Player Ratings: Boro


Easy three points against one of, if not the poorest side in the league. Lets rate…

Lee Grant – 6

Done nothing worth mentioning. Did well with the ball at his feet. Gets a 6 for just turning up.

Glen Johnson – 7

Pretty solid performance, Traore looked the most threatening player going forward, Johnson coped well with him in the first half. Supported attacks well as always.

Player Ratings : Spurs


Following that horrific display, expect lots of low numbers….

Lee Grant – 6

Couldn’t do anything with the goals. Questionable Kicking but made some superb saves to deny Kane a 4th and from Dier, yes the flag was up but Grant knew nothing about that. Can’t put any blame on him.

Phil Bardsley – 5

Wasn’t the worst defender on the pitch, caught miles away from his position numerous times yet made a couple of decent challenges and knocked the ball around well.

Player Ratings : Crystal Palace


I’m tired and lacking motivation after watching that for 90 minutes, but a win is a win even if it was over the poorest side in the league at the moment. Anyways you know what I’m here to do by now, lets go…

Lee Grant – 7

Literally had nothing to do worth mentioning, not his fault in fairness, gave him the standard average goalkeeper performance rating. Can’t fault the man.

Phil Bardsley – 7

Zaha caused him a tiny bit of hassle but coped well the majority of what he played before going off injured.

Player Ratings : West Brom


After another defeat to West Brom that really was painful to watch, we look into who performed and who didn’t.

Lee Grant – 8

Not too much he could’ve done with the goal, some great saves from Rondon’ and McClean’s powerful strikes and picked out a Stoke shirt nine times out of ten. My man of the match.

Phil Bardsley – 6

Difficult time dealing with Chadli, should’ve done more to prevent him playing the ball into Morrison for the goal, not forgetting his usual pointless long range effort.