Henshall more involved than most, but still lacks a bit of real quality when required, Stewart similar but he seemed like he wanted to be there last night which is more than recent games - hopefully someone comes in for him soon as not nice seeing a career just dwindling away.
McDonnell will be a player, great passing range and ability on the ball, loves a tackle - he needs to bulk up his upper half a bit but think (and hope) he'll really kick on this year.
Emmanuel had a decent half going forward and defended well in the most part but did get beaten a couple of times when he shouldn't have been - Yorwerth is very no nonsense defence wise, but think he gets a bit too involved as giving everything 110% at 100mph which he needs to calm down from.
Goalkeeper - Gerks doesn't convince, wouldn't say he was at fault for the goals but too many occasions he made saves and just put the ball straight back into a dangerous area. Doesn't relieve defenders of pressure ever - Bart all the way for me.
Defence - Shambolic at times, even in first half where 2 straight balls took Smith and Berra completely out of the game. Second half showed sadly that none of the youngsters are ready to be starting against Brentford so reinforcements urgently needed.
We weren't great defensively from New Years Day onwards - think some sort of reshuffle needs to take place to solidify it.
Midfield - Coke looked neat and tidy, but doesn't look fit to lace Skuse's boots. Too many times marauding runners from midfield just cut through our midfield and put pressure on defence, that's a big worry if you are the holding midfielder.
Bru looked as good as I've seen him, Ambrose looks quality with the ball but still struggles at times without - think he'll be a decent squad option. Toure showed a couple of things on the ball but was totally shot after 15 minutes.
Bishop and Fraser add class, Maitland-Niles will be a great impact player when he gets game time.
Forwards - There's plenty of goals in there and such a great balance.
Colchester - Agree with those who think we should look at Moncur, looked an excellent player.
Overall thoughts - sign at least one defender before Brentford, preferably 2. Am surprised Clarke has been sent away without back up in as he would be making us stronger currently.
....we could have had a better player in Donaldson and £3m in the bank
Dare I say it? by KuqiCoup10 Jul 13:22 I think that Clayton Donaldson is actually a better player than Murphy.
I love Murphy. My favourite player. My favourite player of the last 10 years probably. A terrific all round player.
But Donaldson for me just edges it. He's also a superb player.
I'd be thrilled if we got him. It's only knowing Murphy may go that stops me being excited. Donaldson caused our back four (in the 4-2 win) more problems than I've seen anybody do for a long, long, time.
I don't want Murphy to go but if we got £5m and made a £3m profit after signing Donaldson that's great business. Just not the businees we want for sentimental reasons.
Was an excellent youth player, I remember one time watching the U17s in a national final against Man U (who included Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Paul McShane and possibly others) - we were 1-0 down and brought Barron and Bowditch on with half an hour to go as they were mostly playing first team/U19s by then and they absolutely tore Utd a new one.
Think it only finished 2-1, but those 2 were in a different class - shame neither went on to do much for Town.
Him and his company, represents one of the new scholars, alongside Richard Lee the ex Watford and Brentford keeper.
"Although the club is continuing to work towards securing full Category One status, the Premier League has promoted the Swans to the higher level ahead of their forthcoming audit at the end of the year."
Phil - any idea how they get this and we don't, and potential to get a comment from Milne/Milts to see why we aren't getting similar treatment?