History will have its say on how much can be read in to this annoying loss. Either Villas-Boas had finally found the formula that would unlock the best from our players and Adebayor’s dismissal snatched defeat from them, or the red card distracted from the ongoing weaknesses in each area of the team that would’ve been exposed by Arsenal eventually, his removal only speeding up the process. However we view the game in the future, the fact now is that with a very busy period coming up Adebayor’s suspension has loaded a further burden on to an already embattled squad, though he will be able to play in Rome I presume.
After the Togolese javelin had flown at Cazorla the loss was as inevitable as Webb’s reaction to it, more because of the makeup of our side rather than anything the home team were likely to produce. Holding on to a lead has proved challenging in many of our eleven man outings this season, the chances with ten were never good.
Project AVB is currently not meeting its milestones. That’s not to say it won’t in the longer term, the pressure though is most definitely on.
West Ham have proved often enough already this season that they’re no mugs and, given that we’ve a tough game on Thursday that we can’t afford to send a weakened team to, I think it’s not ridiculous to say that we’ll head into next weekend as second favourites. One thing AVB can’t be described as at the moment is a lucky manager.
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