I thought about trying to write something about the game last night, with a headline of ‘Hands knees and bumps a daisy’ but thankfully thought better of it, but our second and third goals were more or less just that – a bit of hand from Song, a bit of knee from Eduardo and a whole lot of offside thrown into the mix –
I don’t like us being allowed goals which are clearly offside, but hey, how many times have we lost to goals like that so ‘am I bothered’ ? …
No, we won, I still don’t know how, but we have three points after the first Champions League game and that is all that matters.
For me there were two differences between the sides last night, desire and fitness. SL had much more desire to win but we were by far the fittest, and that is what won us the game in the end.
I don’t see the point in doing a player by player rating as time has passed, it’s all been discussed and to be fair I don’t think anyone really deserved a rating over 5!!
My man of the match was the ref, no-nonsense, pretty consistent throughout – the only decision I am still unsure about though is the penalty, but hey ho we had an offside goal allowed so all is fair 😉
Three away games at the start of the season, out of the four played is not good for any club, especially when its our own, but maybe when we get to the end of the season, we will be glad that the two trips to Manchester are out the way.
Our next six games are all at home apart from Fulham on the 26th September, three of those are in the premiership and on paper that should mean a definite 9 Points, and to be honest we ‘should’ get a further three points at Craven Cottage – shouldn’t we??
Hypothetically – by the second week in October we may just be floating around the top three, and those two away games will be well and truly forgotten, well, nearly.
Saturday see’s us back at home then, against Wigan who are still getting used to their new manager Roberto Martinez – they sit just two places below us level on points, but having played one game more. Wigan have had a mixed bag of results – they beat West Ham, got thrashed by Manchester Utd, beaten by Everton and thrashed by Blackpool – so for me this is a certain home win for us, and I feel another thrashing for them is on the cards.
This Saturday will see us get back to our winning ways, a more convincing display, maybe even a goal or two from a striker (in the league I mean) Just that in itself would make me a tad happier, I currently have very little faith in Van Persie, Bendtner or Eduardo and I so wish Chamakh had joined us, but I know, not point in even thinking about that now..
The good news is that Arshavin may be back for Saturday, Rosicky is definitely no longer a sicky and they are the two that still believe it’s a good idea to shoot when you have a sight on goal – Unlike some… 🙂
Denislon is still out as is Walcott, Djourou, Nasri, Vela, Fabianski and Almunia, so I hope our line up consists of:-
Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Gibbs
Wilshere Ramsey Song Rosicky
But no doubt we will see
Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Cliché (just for Ave)
Rosicky Song Fabregas Diaby
Saturday 19th September is the date, 3pm is the time – our season starts all over again, this time though we will get it right!
I am going for a 5-1 home win 🙂