The Debrief: Gilmour and Abraham key to change of shape

While the stats did not award him any key passes, he was also influential in our third goal as he picked up the ball in space and played two first-time forward passes to Callum Hudson-Odoi, before the winger crossed for Abraham to complete his treble.

Reece regains attacking verve

Reece James was back to his best at right-back, showing strength and maturity in defensive actions but spending most of his time offering attacking width. With the front four quite narrow, the emphasis was on the full-backs to bomb forward and only Kurt Zouma had more touches of the ball than either James or Emerson Palmieri.

No player attempted more dribbles, with the 21-year-old successful in all three runs he made, and it was his clipped cross that Abraham nodded in to make it 2-0 early on. He also made a game-high five key passes.

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