Chuck another three points on the pile. I’m sure our rivals are looking at us playing certain games and thinking ‘they might drop some points there’, only to see us register a comprehensive win to piss them off. I know we have done this many times with our rivals over the last few years, as we desperately tried to hang on to their coat tails while we floundered around down in sixth or seventh position. I am certainly enjoying those particular tables being turned. With every win, it makes it harder and harder for us not to dream of glory by season’s end. It’s the hope that kills you. Everybody be cool, and try not to get carried away. Keep supporting the team and remain positive ; we can do this.
What was a difficult game on paper turned into an easy win on paper ; those two late goals flattered us a little bit, but that is what good teams do ; when defending a lead late in the game and you get the chance to break, you do it in numbers and decisively ; by smashing the ball into the back of the net and ending the game there and then. Come on. More fantastic performances from our big players, and even when Ozil has an average game, he still sets up two goals. Ramsey and Szczesny continue to take the headlines, but being of the George Graham era, I am loving the clean sheets as well. Earlier in the season, we were winning but still letting in sloppy goals ; a nice little run of shut outs seems to have dealt with that problem, and the ‘goals against’ column is most agreeable. Every title challenge is built upon strong foundations at the back so you can’t underestimate the importance of this.
A draw at WHL and a defeat for Liverpool made the weekend even better in regards to results for our rivals ; and by that I mean our rivals for the title, so I only count United from the early match. Congrats to Spurs for managing to score from open play. Wankers.
We now have two massive home games in the next week, and nothing less than six points will do. The team have done well so far to ensure there is no complacency when we play the smaller teams, so we must ensure this is the case again on Wednesday ; I still shudder at the 2-1 home defeat to Hull a few years ago, back when we had a team of spineless tossers like Eboue, Almunia, Denilson, Clichy etc. Hopefully those days are gone. I would be astonished if the same thing happened with proper professionals like Arteta, Mertesacker and Cazorla in the team. Win the game, and then we can look ahead to the next one.
Come on you Reds