If we can go on scoring goals like this, from Fabio Borini and only by then for pride and goal difference, we’ll be all right.
Having spent Christmas in France – just three nights – I was driving home when the match against Manchester United kicked off. I’d boldly gone for 1-1 at ESPN FC, more from the heart than the head though I did think we had a chance.
From the radio snippets I heard, we played well in the first half, had a couple of decent chances and perhaps deserved to feel aggrieved at having gone behind. Second half sounded different but we clearly defended reasonably well until the Didier Ndong clanger set up the second goal (I hear the third, astonishing as it may have been, was offside but we were beaten by then).
The two bright spots:
- Borini’s fabulous strike makes him our fourth player to score this season and will make him believe he can go on scoring.
- Swansea, Hull, Leicester and Boro all lost. Palace and Watford drew
The bottom half could have looked a lot worse than this tonight ….
11 West Ham United P18 GD-9 22
12 Stoke City P17 GD-5 21
13 Bournemouth P18 GD-8 21
14 Burnley P18 GD-11 20
15 Middlesbrough P18 GD-4 18
16 Leicester City P18 GD-8 17
17 Crystal Palace P18 GD-4 16
18 Sunderland P18 GD-15 14
19 Swansea City P18 GD-20 12
20 Hull City P18 GD-25 12
Nothing is lost. There is every reason to hope and believe we can pull clear. But with Liverpool at home on Jan 2, a result at Burnley on Saturday becomes a rather important and necessary target.