John McCormick writes: I’m frequently surprised by stats showing how little possession we have when we look untroubled for long periods. Today was another example. Saints pressed but rarely bothered our keeper and when they did he rose to the challenge on every occasion but one. Unfortunately that one time gave Southampton a point – I was going to say gifted a point but, in reality, our attack was poor and we didn’t threaten much ourselves.
Looking untroubled must mean our defence is improving, mustn’t it? I thought it not only looked solid in the centre but also coped with wide balls and tricky wingers, so I do think things are looking up.
But does David Moyes? The letter he sent to M Salut (and perhaps a couple of others) immediately after the game is a little short on optimism:
I’m happy to get a point, but disappointed we didn’t get three and that we couldn’t see the game out.
Jordan Pickford knows he could have done better for the goal, but apart from that I think he did very well throughout the game.
It was always going to be hard coming here as we know Southampton are a good side and they did well against Manchester United last week.
They had a lot of the ball and there were times we had to defend really well. We had a period just before half time where we did really well but we know we’ve got to improve on that.
We’ve still got work to do and we know that, we must stop dropping points in games and see them out until the end.
It’s important that we’ve got that point on the board, especially from a difficult away game. I said I thought we were unlucky to drop points at Man City and I think the same here today.
We’ve now got to work on turning around the stuff that isn’t going in our favour and get more points on the board.
There’s an international break coming now and that hopefully gives us time to get players in and get injured players back fit again.
Thanks for your support,