I only heard the last 20 minutes or so of the game and it seems a fair chunk of that was probably the worst part.
Certainly it didn’t sound very good, as the home team put us under some serious pressure.
One of the commentators asked a very valid question as to why we were suffering such pressure from a side who are basically very poor and it’s a question that nags at me still.
I personally think some of us are getting ahead of ourselves in how good we really are.
That said, getting a little carried away is what you get when you win three on the trot and you can’t knock an away win at all.
It’s actually a good feeling to see that even though we didn’t have the run of play at that stage, we still managed to get the second goal.
That’s a sign of resilience, which has been lacking for far too long.
Having just watched the extended highlights on AVTV, the game seemed a totally different prospect and we actually looked quite good, with Hourihane particularly, beginning to look a threat. It’ll be interesting to see if he can maintain that against the better sides. If he can, it’s surely only a matter of time before he scores.
I’d have said the same about Bjarnason, but he’s not going to be playing for a while by the looks of it.
Which brings me onto the bad side of the game.
How unlucky are we to have lost Andre Green, Bjarnason and Grealish, all left-sided players, in such a short timeframe?
Injuries are of course, part and parcel of the game, but it really does seem like we’re cursed.
We have the best part of a team out, after all.
Still, although Steve Bruce has said he’ll bring one of the kids in, we still have Amavi, who you’d guess would be the next option on the list to play on the left.
There have been many, myself included, who think the defender would actually be a better bet in a more forward role, as he’s a decent crosser. While he’s limited defence-wise, he does have at least some ability and he seems perfect as a wide player to get forward, yet still cover the Right Back, Taylor.
Back to the game and Bruce has been a little critical us not being clinical enough.
It’s a good point seeing as we had 18 chances, but if we can keep the momentum going, that should surely improve.
And you never know, we might be able to keep it going, as confidence should be a lot better than it has been of late.
Against Huddersfield though?
Well, I’ve been looking at the form tables and things aren’t as clear-cut as you might immediately think.
I’ll go into that closer to the game, but the fact that I can see a remote possibility on Tuesday must mean things are improving.
Or maybe I’m just getting carried away.
It’s easily done after winning three on the trot for the first time in years.
In the meanwhile, discussing footy at work is much better than it has been for a while.
Happy days are indeed here again.
For now, at least.