After Chelsea, the TIFOSI will file in their reports, presumambly some are still lost in space somewhere. Or pissed.
Maybe I shouldn’t be such a cynic. AP may have lined up his excuses pre-game, but he had no reason to trot them out come the final whistle. The less said about the first half to be better. It was cold, the football was drab and the crowd was less than lively. However, most of us would happily have taken a repeat performance in the second period. What we got was infinitely better. The game burst into life about 10 minutes in as we finally showed some attacking intent. A lumbering Shola was replaced by Papiss and Cheik limped off for Anita and all of a sudden we looked a different side. Now don’t get me wrong our stand in skipper was having a decent game, but its become clear for all to see that the little Dutchman has the ability to make us tick. Gouffran, fresh from 120 minutes of tireless running midweek, got his just rewards when he nodded us ahead from Yohan’s free-kick. Credit where its due to Pards, he did have a quick word with Cabaye about whipping the ball into the box, but even he couldn’t have imagined just how well the set piece would be executed. Time ticked away agonisingly slowly, before Remy got a second after some great work by Anita. We’ve got to find a way of getting that lad into the side next week. This took the pressure off and injury time was much more relaxed than it might have been had our lead remained slender. Another cracking game plan and this time it worked to perfection. Hatem is going to have to work to get back in that side. Oh and a late cameo from Obertan set a new record for the most mistakes in such a short space of time.
I think we must be the most “Jekyll and Hyde” team in the league. We go from getting beat by the worst team in the league to beating one of, if not THE best side. The first half was a non-contest but we fully deserved to take all three points in the second. My boy Mbiwa was brilliant again as was Willo. Anita needs to start every game. Better than Xavi….maybe.
Ignoring the game for a moment, I was a bit dismayed checking out the ol’ social media following the game. It was full of nonsense like “Yeah we won…but Pardew is still this. Ashley is still that”. If you can’t enjoy beating the Champions elect, then I don’t think football is for you. I love social media – but it’s turned us all into amateur politicians. We all think we know best. Life is so much less complicated if you put aside all of the politics and who is actually running the club. Ultimately at 3pm on a Saturday (or whatever ungodly time telly companies force us to kick off) it should be about what’s going on the pitch. Forget your petty gripes with Ashley or the fact you don’t like Pardew’s accent. Just enjoy it. The fact that people were putting a dampener on things is really disappointing. Of course, I’m probably talking about a minority here – but it’s quite a vocal minority. As much as football can kick you in the balls like it did last weekend, the game on Saturday reminded us all why we all bother.
Well done to everyone involved yesterday – both management and players.
I think I joined the ranks of the majority of our fans, slouching through the freezing rain, expecting little else but a heavy defeat at the hands of Chelsea. last season’s 3-2 was one of those fluke occurrences wasn’t it? We weren’t going to beat them again…not now. Surely?
For me, today was more about a few pints out of the house rather than going to the ‘football’. To be honest I didnt actually want to go out at all, my wing man was overseas and we couldn’t give his ticket away…its becoming a regular problem when we have spares.