There were those of us who thought we may have turned a corner at Craven Cottage, but today that corner only took us into a cul de sac. To me – Malcolm Dawson – it seemed as if nothing much had changed from previous home games and the first half was another dose of “Groundhog Day”. The midfield was static, the team lacked purpose going sideways rather than forwards and it was only after we were two – nil behind that we showed any attacking threat. Was it a penalty? I’ll watch the replays tonight but it was certainly a needless one (M Salut, watching on TV, saw in Liam Ridgewell an accomplished diver at work). Those around me were less than happy but the manager remains upbeat.
We gave some crazy goals away today but there was a big fightback from us in the second half.
For the second goal, Simon [Mignolet], who has been faultless for us all season, was very unlucky and from there we had an uphill task.
We were trying to force the issue for most of the game and that left gaps at the back, which West Bromwich Albion were always going to try and exploit.
The fourth goal came because we had everybody piled in their half looking for the equaliser.
There were some unlucky instances in the game. Things like that are going to happen throughout the course of the season, but they do tend to even out.
We reacted strongly in the second half. We put absolutely and utterly everything into the game and almost forced a third goal just before they scored. For them to be awarded a penalty when we had the impetus didn’t help. At 77 minutes we were still in it and it did knock us back. But we came back again, we showed some spirit and fight and now Tuesday night is a big game.
They’re all difficult fixtures, there’s no easy game. After having our confidence restored on the back of our recent performances I thought we might have been able to get the win today. That confidence did show, but we were hit with those goals at a crucial time.
We’ll be ready to go again on Tuesday.
All the best,