I spent literally four or five hours on Sunday, trying to post something saying how chuffed I was that we’d got another win, but I had to concede defeat against the chronic internet over here.
I’m now on a paid-for connection and whilst it’s still poor, it does at least work sometimes hence I’ll try again.
So no doubt I was as elated as it seems most of you were, but I still had the overwhelming feeling that it’s too little, too late.
Never mind though, as it isn’t yet impossible that we might survive and Garde is saying the right sort of positive things, even though he must be gutted at the lack of support last week.
It’s a shame really, as without looking, we must have moved up the form table a fair way, something that has to be seen as a major positive, given that we’ve been bottom for so long.
Going back to the game for a minute, I couldn’t have got it more wrong, could I?
A set piece goal, Gabby scoring and win too!
Seeing as I got the Palace game wrong too, I think I might start predicting us to lose more often.
There’s not a fat lot in the news from what I’ve seen, but the stories about Garde doing one at the end of the season seem to have died down.
I’ve still to make my mind up about him overall, but as I’ve previously said, I don’t believe he’s the man to keep us up because he doesn’t seem to be the big motivator type to me.
That said, he doesn’t strike me as the “yes man” the board were probably hoping for either and he’s certainly ruffled some feathers. Let’s face it, anyone who can get Gabby in to actually score a goal can’t be all bad can he?
And while I don’t think Garde will keep us up this season, I’m very much coming round to the fact that he might just be the bloke who can actually manage the club when we do go down.
And no, that’s not just based on the back of a win against a dire Norwich side.
It’s based more around what I see as a man who very much knows how to handle himself.
He has something about him; an assured man, who knows what he wants and doesn’t panic in his thinking.
I think the way he reacted to the West Ham defeat proved that, after all the speculation about him resigning and the Ayew debacle.
I’m very much sticking my neck on the line here, as the following might well haunt me for years, but do you know who he reminds me of?
Alex Ferguson or even Arsene Wenger.
Take your pick, as either will do for me.
Feel free to mock me, as that’s what it’s all about.
But I definately feel this bloke is the best/only chance we’ve got amongst a hierarchy that doesn’t have a clue.
Oh and Happy New Year!, if indeed we have any Chinese readers lurking in the background (I wonder how that push at China has gone? No doubt another failure, imo).