Today’s article is from our very own Gf60
Neither offside nor handball as clearly shown by this image, courtesy of Arsenal.com
Andy Nic chose a very good weekend to visit the D Day memorial in Normandy.
Even his cultured prose would have had problems with this game. As Steww mentioned in his preview regarding fans’ superstition of travelling North of Watford after a Euro game: “The best we can hope for is to survive and nick the points…”.
By the way, where did all those virgins go Steww?
Superstition 1, Steww 0.
Having watched most of our ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ games it is no lie to say that this was probably the closest finish we’ve experienced, with no time to even kick off after Kos’s winner… or was it Ox’s winner? Whatever it was, it must be termed our scrappiest goal of the season and Burnley supporters will argue that off-side and/or hand-ball should have been called.
Incorrect of course, it was 1-0 to the Arsenal and that is never wrong.
No changes to the side from the Basel game, bar Petr coming in for Oosp, but we definitely saw a change in tempo. Perhaps a return to planet Earth was due and the stygian gloom of the North-West would not have helped. For sure we seemed to be playing at half the pace seen during the previous eight days and it took us some fifteen minutes to acclimatize.
Even then, it was noticeable that our midfield was a bit heavy-legged, nobody doing much wrong but having nowhere near the control that we’d previously shown. Fortunately our back line was working well and despite a couple of chances were holding Burnley at bay. The Koshodra partnership was very sound as was the covering for any defender caught upfield. Petr made some good saves when needed, one particularly special in the second half.
Up front, Alexis was running around like the butcher’s dog but not getting the reward his energy deserved.
He’s such an unselfish player and had a few shooting possibilities that were laid off to others. Time to get the selfishness back Alexis? You did that on Wednesday as well trying to give Theo his hat-trick.
Theo’s good work in defence continued. He really has improved in that area. Pity that his shooting let him down, as was the case with Oz. Theo however was responsible for the header that led to our goal so he can be forgiven.
Oz just had an offish day.
Now for yet another interbloodynational break …
Let’s hope all the guys called on come back fit and ready to eat some roast swan.
Keep the faith.