So it’s a bit late. Sorry, but there probably won’t be much to debate over the next few days anyway.
I suggested that this might not be the sort of game where we’d win and sadly, I was proved right.
I’m still minded to think that we really ought to be beating this sort of team if we are really looking to challenge, but going back to my previous post where I said that I really need to lower my expectations, I’m seeing this game as a typical indicator of what I meant.
The first half was totally unforgettable and as much as it got better in the second, I didn’t think much of that either.
Was the ref poor? I think I’m going to be in a big minority in saying, no, not particularly. I do think I have some special ability in staying neutral though. Or perhaps I’m just totally misguided. I just tend to think decisions balance out in the longer term.
I don’t think Unai got much wrong and his subs were spot on too, in my opinion, but ultimately, we couldn’t out-muscle them, as I thought we might need to do.
I’m not going to pick any individual player out, but we just didn’t do enough in the middle to upset them.
That said, I thought we were the better team for most of the game.
Just not good enough on this occasion.
I find myself wondering how much not getting the points against lesser teams is going to cost us at the end of the season though.