It’s a funny old game isn’t it?
But that’s exactly what makes it so good, in that the stats don’t suit what actually happened.
This was nothing like the defeat against Norwich and frankly, I thought we battered QPR tonight.
Ok, we didn’t get the win, but I was highly encouraged by what I saw.
We played with massive intent and even if it looked like we were occasionally looking to play sideways or backwards, you knew there was only one way we wanted the ball to go.
We had 70% possession of the game for a long period of the match and while I’ve always said that doesn’t mean anything in itself, I’m seeing it as a seriously big change in the way we’re playing.
Of course, we didn’t get the goal and that’s still a bit of a worry.
But I’m convinced after seeing what I did tonight, that it will come.
We still have major liabilities and certain players just do not suit the system, in my opinion.
But this will change.
I believe we have enough skillful players who can play Dean Smith’s high tempo game.
McGinn is one. He’s a bit reckless at times, but can handle it. My MOTM again, for what it’s worth.
So much energy in one player.
Others include Kodjia, who I know some might disagree with.
Surprisingly, Bjarnason, who was great until contact lens-gate?
Bolasie, Abraham, Grealish and erm, Hutton.
And then we have others, who just can’t.
I see quite a few changes come the winter window.
But in the meantime, while the result was disappointing, I don’t think you can say the players didn’t try and that’s important to me, at least.
There’s been some serious arse kicking after the Norwich game and it showed.
In short, I was pleased with the performance, if not the result.
We’re not going to win them all, but if we take it to lesser sides than QPR, who are on a roll, we’ll win more than we lose.
And jeez, wasn’t it better to watch?