Just what is it about this football club?
After the soul-destroying hammering at the hands of Mr Sickly at Selhurst Park, I fully expected us to be firmly rooted in the bottom three and worse, cut off from those in positions of safety.
So what happens, we deservedly win the Klopp derby before giving Tottenham a head start on their own patch and turning it round in a fashion not too dissimilar to last season!
I would imagine quite a few of you will be thinking now – what has changed, can it continue? What I do know is that the clubs in and around the bottom like Norwich, Sunderland & surprisingly Swansea must find this all quite soul-destroying.
They would have looked at the fixtures, seen the relative positions of both us & Bournemouth and been quite confident.
Instead, we get a very tasty six points, as do Bournemouth, and the three clubs mentioned above now find the pressure back on them.
You will notice I ignored Aston Villa and Chelsea, more of Aston Villa in a moment but Chelsea won’t stay in that position and it would be lovely if their revival starts this weekend (home to the mackems).
So it’s Aston Villa at the weekend.
Now our club has a remarkable ability to shoot itself in the foot and it is essential this does not happen on Saturday, a win will possibly put us out of sight of them, it may actually give them too much of a mountain to climb to harbour hopes of the escape.
So come Saturday, the team that turned up over the last two weeks must put in the same sort of shift and performance against Aston Villa, no mistakes please – just a solid win.
Let’s be honest, Villa have looked awful this season, and if their new manager is going to turn things around it CANT start against us, make no mistake they will see it as a game they can win, so I repeat – no mistakes please.
Do I harbour a grudge from that miserable May day at Villa back in 2009? Hell yes I do!
Their bed sheet brigade with their stupid banners…to this day I still don’t know why they celebrated our demise with such gusto. I wonder who their next saviour will be, could it be some member of the royal family who goes to a game once a season (strange how he never misses an England rugby game) or some spotty necked, unwashed looking violin player who seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth over the last few years, I really don’t care.
My ideal scenario would be for them to pick up a few points, give themselves outside hope of beating the drop with a couple of games to go, so come May 7th 2016…..hope you can see where this is going, might be a struggle to get tickets for that one! All I need now is a bed sheet and a pot of paint!
Let’s not FUN before we can walk, three points this weekend first.
Moving back to us and more specifically Ayoze Perez.
Some pundits have said that the Spurs goalkeeper should have saved his beautiful last minute winner last Sunday, and maybe he should have. However, Perez has a remarkable ability to hit the ball early and that always takes the keeper by surprise, remember his winner against Bournemouth a few weeks ago, he hit the shot early and the goalkeeper is caught out. He is a precocious talent and must not be allowed to leave, are you reading Mr Ashley.
I know he is just being edged out at the moment by Siem De Jong, but his chance will come. Talking of De Jong – opinion seems split on him, mine for what it’s worth is that I believe he is a very good footballer who will only improve with pitch time, just maybe Steve McClaren is getting this balance right. I know one thing, De Jong’s rocket was heading into the top corner last Sunday before striking Papisse Cisse on the side of the head, get out the way man!!
Also, I again have to credit Rob Elliott, proving again that he is capable at this level, his saves on Sunday ensured we were still in it at half time.
And what of Moussa Sissoko? I vilified him on here a few weeks ago for being a coward and then he suddenly turns in a performance like last Sunday, maybe he read what I wrote? It’s a fact that if he plays well then so do we, consistency please.
So what else is happening around the premier league?
I am quite enjoying seeing Leicester mix it with the big boys, seeing Jose’s Chelsea struggle to get out the bottom echelons and LVG’s Man Utd simply being s*** at times!
It’s a very open league for once and Leicester are showing the rest that it is not impossible to get amongst it, Mike Ashley take note…
I can’t go without mentioning our friends from down the road, their smiles from a few weeks ago now being replaced by worrying frowns, their next three games could make or break their own season, here’s hoping.
Ok back to Saturday, no mistakes please, get out, get amongst them, grab the game by the scruff of the neck, after our last two results nothing less than a win will do, oh and make sure you celebrate with gusto when we win.
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