Friday, 26 December 2008

A first, or not

Fagan's tap in today was the first goal we have conceded in a league win this season. They have gone 3-0, 3-0, 6-0, 3-0, 3-0 and now 5-1.

Given the state of the game though (4-0 up on 80 minutes) it was not a particularly meaningful goal. So the point still stands: we have not conceded a meaningful goal in a league win this year.

This could mean two things. Either that when we are good we are very very good, or that we are incapable of battling to a win. Both the statements are true, but the second more so than the first. We are clearly capable of wonderful attacking football, albeit only once a month.

But we cannot deal with fightbacks, nor can we mount any of our own. We were ahead against Chelsea, Liverpool (by two goals!) and Spurs and then lost. Against Newcastle, Hull (away) and Fulham we went ahead and drew. We equalised against Villa, Wigan and WBA before losing. We failed to mount any sort of comeback against 'Boro, Bolton or United.

Today was a fantastic display of football. But we've seen that already. Grit? Let's see how we do on Sunday.

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