Having just sat and watched a full re-run of the game here are some quick thoughts:
- We defended very well and it is no coincidence that since we have had Fabianski in goal, the defence is more organised. I never had him down as a talker but in the first half he was yelling at Cesc when we were about to defend a corner – Cesc either didn’t hear or ignored him, Fabianski then grabbed hold of his shirt and pulled him into position. The corner landed on Cesc’s head, I’m sure he will listen next time!
- Denilson looked very tired and considering the amount of ground he covered last weekend and played a big part against Newcastle I think we can forgive him for that..
- It was stupid to allow Cesc to play on with his hamstring problem. You do have to wonder who makes some of the decisions – we have some massive games coming up and need our captain fit, on a different note his hamstring is fast becoming a chronic problem that needs sorting out desperately. On average he is out for at least a game a month with hamstring trouble.
- Chamakh didn’t have a bad game. There were a few people gloating about how Chamakh had a shocker and van Persie should now instantly come back … It was the type of game that doesn’t suit Chamakh as much, we were stacked in their half and he played a vital role in the build up I thought. Added to that, he produced some wonderful skill late in the second half. He has the touch and skill of Berbatov but is the hardest working player I have seen in a long, long time.
- I always believed we would win. I was on my lunch break at work when Theo hit the post, it was noticeable everyone was getting downbeat and it looked like it just wasn’t occurring to people that we score a hell of a lot of late goals. Sure enough we did. Check this over on Twitter…
- The three points were vital. United beat Spurs. Wolves beat City and we are now starting to separate from the big body of teams from 3rd downwards. There will be a chance to create a gap over United and close in on Chelsea, we just have to keep on winning. Easier said than done.
One last thing to say about Scott Parker – a player I like and rate very highly. This picture shows the result of the first of two tackles within a couple of minutes that should have resulted in a yellow at least… he wasn’t carded for either:
There is no reasoning for it and just because he is frustrated about playing in a crap team doesn’t mean he can completely clean up players in tackles. Denilson was very lucky to escape without injury. Chamakh and Nasri both stuck up for themselves yesterday… De Costa elbowed Chamakh in the stomach, the Moroccan responded with a swipe at his leg and grabbed hold of his shirt, he then went berserk at him when the ref blew the whistle. He wasn’t a happy bunny. Nasri also took an enormous swipe at a West Ham player and got away with it. He is one of those players that will just wind you up more and more.
It has been three clean sheets in a row now and that is a habit worth picking up. The players seem to have learned that if they don’t score they can’t win. Time to keep this run of clean sheets going and the winning run of five consecutive games in all competitions. Extend that run to ten games and I reckon we will be top of the table.
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That is it from me, whether I will be around tomorrow I don’t know. There are a lot of miles to be covered in the next 24 hours for me.