We showed good resolve to come back and win the game so fair play to the players. However, everyone knows Wales play 3-5-2, with 3 centre halves, so the idea of playing Kane as a lone striker made no sense at all. I like Kane, but he's not the quickest across the grass and it was a hard game for him, he was taken out the game.
Lallana and Sterling had a tough task because the Welsh full backs just had to show them inside where the Welsh midfield were or show them down the line where they cross into an empty box.
The switch made sense, Rose and Walker provided the width and let Gunter and Taylor worry about them and not the other way round. Vardy and Sturridge pressurised their 3 and that allowed them to lose the ball quickly meaning we could all push up and attack constantly and pen them in.
Bale at this point is on his own trying to be an outlet but is starved of service and Ramsey is having to put in a shift defensively.
The changes at half time were right and I salute Roy and Nev for having the bravery to stick on young Rashford who caused a few problems. Well done to all but the 4-5-1 4-3-3 4-2-3-1 or whatever you want to call it was illogical in the first place.
If we get through and face a big hitter then we cant be tactically naïve anymore, we have to get it right from the start or we could find ourselves having a mountain to climb by half-time.
I'm not moaning, just reflecting on the game, we have to be smarter.
I know I haven't put this across too clearly. But basically Dier can watch Bale and between Henderson and Wilshere Ramsey can get snuffed out.
Allow their central 3 to have the ball and Alli can find space when we get the ball.
Vardy and Sturridge would really threaten them with their pace and can find the gaps in between their centre halves and full backs and press their defence when in possession.
Going 4-2-3-1 like the other night means our central midfield two wont have protection and Ramsey and Bale can find pockets in behind. Whilst Gunter and Taylor will have space to run into. Also we would have one striker against 3 centre-halves and so that player could end up chasing shadows.
Made me realize how fit you have to be to play at the top level. Frantic stuff, end to end with not a second to settle on the ball. Both teams panicked a bit in the final third but that's probably down to how knackered the players were more than anything.
Am I the only person who doesn't think he's that great? Most of the time I've watched him he's mucking about in his own penalty area and putting his own team mates under pressure, and is also prone to a few mistakes.