The big call here was Albion’s second goal in the first minute of half time.
My understanding of the game has always been that if a player contacts the ball and knocks it onto his own arm, it’s an automatic handball.
And that’s exactly what happened.
I think it was Rodriguez who headed the ball and as he was diving forward and hit the ground, the ball hit his hand and went into the net.
That’s handball for me, plain and simple, hence the goal shouldn’t have stood.
But it is what it is and it’s swings and roundabouts, where we’ll probably get one go in our favour at some stage of the season.
It’s galling, but what pleased me was the performance from the whole side.
They ran their socks off today and it’s hard to criticise anyone, especially if we’re talking about effort.
If I am going to be critical though, the big one has to be Nyland. He’s incredibly unconvincing when the ball comes in and he’s actually worse than Freidel was at dominating his box. I really struggle to believe that Dean Smith will stick with him after the January window.
Abraham had a boat load of chances again. One in particular should have been buried, but it wasn’t to be.
He is getting in the right positions though, so I can live with it. It just annoys me that we’re educating a player for Chelsea, as we’ve no chance of keeping him, in my opinion.
I’m being really critical though after what was a very good performance and a game that I think we deserved to win, the illegal goal apart.
If you look at it like me, where I think we should have won, that means we’ve done Derby, Boro and Albion all on their own turf.
Where do we think we stand when we look towards the rest of the season?
I’m incredibly encouraged and for the first time in a very long while, I now think we have a very good chance of winning every game we play for the rest of the season.
Injuries apart, that is. A few players went down tonight with knocks and general injuries, which is a bit of a worry.
Are the players being pushed just that bit too hard?
I don’t know, but it seems the lads are happy to apply the work rate.
So, all in all, things are looking good.
And this is before Smith has bought a single player of his own.
It’s quite incredible really and again shows to me how Bruce got it so massively wrong.
Which is exactly what I think.
We’re going up this time, unless something goes drastically wrong.