Even at one and two nil I thought it clear that we weren’t playing well. Row 2 isn’t the best place to see from, maybe it was obvious from a greater height or on telly and everyone else thought so as well. It seemed we were yet again unbalanced and terribly lacking width without Lennon. Van Persie was looking a handful and they were getting far too much possession in the middle. Our best chance of clinging on for the win was if the gooners heads had dropped or we kept managing to hit them on the break. We’d already quietened the crowd, which didn’t take much and if we could’ve made it to half time and allowed Harry a few words – “track the runners, start passing and stop hoofing it” – things might’ve turned out better.
We didn’t though and after we gifted them the third to make sure that they kept the momentum, that was that. Two nil and we effed it up, a two goal lead thrown away just as the goons home and away against us last year.
Keeping perspective, that’s our first NLD league defeat in two and a half years and with 12 games to go we’re still seven points clear of fifth so still on target for our main goal of a CL place. Perspective doesn’t remove the bad taste from the mouth however. An hour of football to forget.
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