Like everyone else I was disappointed that we didn’t manage to pick up the three points against Swansea on Saturday, especially given our dominance in the first half, but to be honest there were elements of the game that I enjoyed.
We’ve been fed a diet of crash, bang, wallop for years in the Premier League…best league in the world blah, blah, blah. Like many I’ve become totally disillusioned at the times we’ve had to put up with games where big, physical, well drilled and organised sides who just want to put the boot in and have no intention of actually playing football against us.
I’m sure you know the type; Blackburn, Bolton are the type of teams that immediately spring to mind. They normally leave St James’ Park with points on the board and us bemoaning our luck.
I’m not saying Swansea didn’t come looking for anything other than a point but at least they tried to play to feet, keep possession and had plenty of movement about them. They played on the edge of their own box for most of the time but to be fair to them at least they didn’t resort to the ‘big boot’ we see so often.
They didn’t appear to be scared of passing to one of their own player’s feet, even if he was in or around their own half. So different to the big boot behind our back four in order to ‘get them turned’.
It made me nostalgic for our season in the Championship when we came across teams of all shapes and sizes who at least try to play against us and ensured most matches were ‘open’ and enjoyable.
I’m sure I wouldn’t have been so nostalgic if we were still in that division but it did bring home the reality that much of what we have had to watch over the years from your ‘average’ premier league team has proved that at times, it may be the most exciting league in the world but the best?
The two Manchester teams getting knocked out of the Champions League has made people sit up and notice.
Maybe knocking the ball about and ‘playing football’ is the way ahead