I attended this game with three grandsons and one of the son in laws in tow and it turned out a decent day, as the kids really enjoyed the family fun day. I’d highly recommend that, if anyone is contemplating taking their kids down a game.
And I certainly enjoyed it more than the game itself.
After a pretty bright start, things soon settled down into what was a game that just lacked any quality.
I mentioned the other evening that I was concerned about the state of our passing after the Albion game and we were just as poor in that area today. It amazes me that professional footballers can’t make simple passes, especially when they’re not under massive pressure. You can see the ideas are there and some of the through ball attempts would be great if the execution wasn’t constantly so poor.
As for formation, I still don’t see what we’re doing. We actually started off with five across the back, but it then quickly changed to a four. At one stage, it actually looked like we were playing four up front.
Sometimes we’re so narrow it’s crazy in my opinion, but I’m not the professional coach and you would expect Lambert knows what he’s doing.
My point is though, if I can’t see it stood high up in the Holte and am confused, it has to beg the question “do the players actually know what they’re doing?”.
Many of us had this down as a banker, including myself and ultimately this is a pretty poor result.
We were again limited to mostly speculative punts and rarely got the ball in the area to create decent chances.
Yes, we worked hard and I really can’t complain about anybody today as, erm, as per usual they all worked hard.
Except maybe Benteke.
For me he was incredibly poor and should have been hooked at half time. It seems he hardly wanted to get involved.
Perhaps I’m being harsh there, as it wouldn’t surprise me if he still hasn’t got over his injury.
That’s a few games in a row though, so he won’t be getting the benefit of the doubt for long.
If I’m honest, I think Sunderland possibly deserved it more than we did. I don’t know the chances stats, but I’d guess Sunderland might have edged it although the SIL thought we were the better team overall.
Don’t forget Sunderland at least had the ball in the net and hit the bar.
My eleven year old grandson summed it up for me as we were walking out. His opinion was that if we were playing first goal wins, we wouldn’t have seen a goal for ages. Pretty astute, I thought, as it did seem that the game had 0-0 written all over it with about ten to fifteen minutes to go.
Gabby got MOTM, a decision I can’t disagree with, as at least he offered something different with his pace, as opposed to the mediocrity everywhere else.
And regardless of the scoreline, the two (six year old twins, bless ’em) virgin attendees quite enjoyed it in the end.
They were even starting to sing along with myself (not the swearing songs of course).
I remembered attending a home Sunderland game in the late seventies, that was also pretty drab.
At that game, we sung to the tune of “give peace a chance”, “all we are saying is give us a goal”.
I was close to starting it again today, as it seemed incredibly apt and I wondered why we’d stopped singing it these days.
I bottled it in the end.
As the title says, at least we didn’t lose, but is a point at home against Sunderland a decent result?
Not for me. Just no way.