Aston Villa give me kittens and are not at all good for my ticker, even if there’s nothing wrong with it.
I honestly don’t know what to think after that, but it’s easily concluded.
We were awful in defence, everytime we were threatened. Burnley had one goal called off and while we did too, I’d have given both, because they were not clear and obvious errors, hence VAR should not have become involved. The powers that be really need to look at this, because it’s ruining the game. The trouble is clear and obvious then becomes subjective and I just don’t see a solution.
I blame us fans. We called for it and the game resisted for probably a couple of decades. We’ve got what we deserve, in my opinion, but no doubt it adds to what the telly companies want, in entertainment.
And then, we couldn’t hit the target for toffee. Even the normally assured Luiz’s penalty ended up going in off the bar and I think that says a lot about where we’re currently at.
Things just aren’t going for us the way they have been previously this season.
That said, you do make your own luck and ours seems to have run out somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, we created lots of chances although we couldn’t finish them. Diaby needs a few lessons in how to stop leaning back and punting the ball. Not that he was alone.
But I do feel I’m doing our attack a bit of a disservice, especially as their young goalie did well.
Our defence, on the other hand looks horrendous. I think Konsa actually showed some good stuff up top today, but I still think he’s better in the middle of a defence. It appears Cash’s shoulder injury has kept him out and we had no choice in playing Konsa as we did. I’ll keep saying it and we all know it. We need another right back, simple.
And then, I thought Longlet was a total liability, who I couldn’t really care if he leaves. Perhaps I’m being a little unfair there, but while he’s shown flashes, I can’t say I’m toatally convinced.
Overall, I think the defence looks totally unbalanced, although you could probably argue that we never even saw them get a chance to form any shape, so were we put in trouble every time Burnley hit the ball long. I feel we’ve been found out there and Newcastle have even better tools to take advantage. We look way too leggy and it was noticeable that on one occasion, Diaby was far faster in getting back to defend, compared to the defenders. It’s a serious concern.
Perhaps I’m being overly harsh and you think we were well dominant.
Yet, we should remember they were down to 10 men for a third of the game.
Then we should also consider that this game never got close to being in the bag.
I think we could easily have lost this game.
Which would have meant a draw and a loss against the two bottom teams. At home.
Fortunately we didn’t.
But such are the very thin dividing lines of football.
At the end of the day, we’re up to second place and you can’t knock it.