Pure Poyetry: no goals but a bright performance against the Swans

Malcolm Dawson writes….it wasn’t a bad day. The match was OK for a nil-nil. Afterwards, Pete Sixsmith, Doug and my sister and I all went off to The Davy Lamp Folk Club at Washington for an excellent evening of Bob Fox (currently appearing in “Warhorse”) and what’s more Shildon beat Stalybridge in the F.A. Cup to keep our ace reporter happy.

Jake bemoans our finishing and comes to Rangel's aid: 'Never a red card & our  strikers couldn't hit a cow's bum with a banjo'
Jake bemoans our finishing and comes to Rangel’s aid: ‘Never a red card & our strikers couldn’t hit a cow’s bum with a banjo’
Meanwhile, Senor Poyet was penning his e-mail to M Salut (and others) purring about a performance that brought no goals but maybe a few green shoots of improvement. Here’s what he thought.
Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox
Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Dear Colin,

I think that’s our best performance of the season so far.

We made it difficult for Swansea today and I thought we were outstanding, the way we defended and stopped them from playing, we forced them to play a different game and we were very brave going forward.

We created all kinds of chances; unfortunately we were just missing a goal.

Obviously I’m happier when we win games, but I’m happy after our performance in that match.

We attacked well and we had that little extra threat on the wings; I think the subs came on and showed what they could do. Ricky came on when the game was a little more settled and had the chance to show what he can do and the quality he has with that left foot.

Everything is in place; we just need to get that first win on the board. We are convinced in the dressing room that everything is going in our favour; I think we just need those extra breaks. We were just short of that goal; the game was just waiting for someone to take tomorrow’s newspaper headlines.

Connor [Wickham] did well today, he did everything we asked of him and all he was missing was the goal. He held the ball well and was really strong up front; if he had got a goal he would have had the performance of the game.

Thanks for your support,

Gus Poyet

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3 thoughts on “Pure Poyetry: no goals but a bright performance against the Swans”

  1. I thought Wickham did well too.
    I was encouraged by the point. Before the game I predicated (wrongly) a Swansea win.
    They are a very good team. I’m surprised Bony didn’t start actually.
    Good signs from Alvarez. The only player I was not encouraged by was Rodwell. But hopefully he’ll come good soon.
    Cattermole immense as usual.

    • Good hold up play from our champagne lover but he fluffed a great chance to score with a header and tried a long range shot when there were options wide. But he looks more at home at this level than he did eight or nine months ago.

      We never looked like conceding yesterday, Johnson had a better game, Alvarez and Gomez both looked good when they came on, Vergini was cultured in the centre back slot, Seb and Catts were tireless.

      A kind of reversal of the Spurs game in terms of dominance but we would have been better off winning one and losing one.

  2. If the best performance of the season results in a 0-0 draw with Swansea at home, then there’s really no need to comment; so I won’t.

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