Malcolm Dawson writes…..anyone who thought that the euphoria of last weekend was the precursor to a change of fortune and a rapid rise up the table would have been brought back down to earth by today’s performance. Sure, just as we had seen in the first half of the West Ham game there were signs of positive attacking intent and we could have been two nil up, but just like in the Leicester and Norwich games our defensive frailties were evident. We look like a team that will always concede more than we score. Big Sam is apparently looking to address this but his defensive options are limited and injuries to O’Shea and Kaboul limited him still further. Already it seems that once again our best chance of staying up is the fact that there are other teams, The Mags, Villa and Bournemouth who are equally bad. Cold comfort perhaps. In his post match e-mail the manager struggles to find the positives. Let’s hope he has some answers.
We’ve thrown away an opportunity to feel good this weekend. We went behind when we really shouldn’t have done, clawed our way to 2-2 and then, for me, that’s when we should have been at least coming off with a point today.
If Everton had scored a wonder goal from somewhere then you can say ‘there’s not a lot we can do about that, but the last four goals were all stoppable by us and there was nothing brilliant about Everton’s play.
We seemed to get carried away by the euphoria of getting the equaliser and we had really good opportunities to get 3-2 up, but instead of taking one we left the back door open for Everton to make it look like an easy win.
That’s a lack of understanding of where you’re playing and who you’re playing against. You’ve got to keep emotional control and you play at this level via the intelligence you’ve got – ability is all well and good, but if you don’t have the intelligence with it at this level, you lose control.
It’s a great shame, because at 2-2 it was looking comfortable for us and we should have protected that.
Thanks for your support,