79 minutes on the clock and we could and should have made it 3-0, but ten minutes later and we were fighting for our lives to get a point.
What was so nearly a polished performance and a huge 3 points turned into a bad result – let’s just hope it’s not one we live to regret in a few months time.
It’s a game where you’d probably have taken a point before hand, but when you’re two nil up with ten minutes to play, it really is gutting to come away with a draw.
It’s another point towards safety, but it’s not been a good day for us down at the bottom as a result. Brighton saw off Swansea, whilst Huddersfield took all three points at West Brom (all but sending them down), which means we’ve actually dropped from 13th to 15th – despite being 10th in the table on 31 points at half time.
Don’t get me wrong, it feels like a defeat but it isn’t. We’d have bitten your hand off for 4 points against Man Utd and Bournemouth away, so let’s try and take the positives.
It’ll be little consolation for most, but there were plenty good performances out there today and it was generally a very dogged display. If Shelvey takes that big chance and we come away 3-1 winners then we’d be sat here lapping it up – and that so nearly happened.
We had the rub of the green to hold onto our lead against Man Utd, but we didn’t get those breaks today.
At two up we were cruising, but some missed chances to make it 3-0 and a late capitulation meant we now end the day in worse position than we started in.
On the plus side, Gayle got two badly needed goals and the likes of Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie and Dubravka put in strong displays, with Diame and Shelvey also getting the better of another midfield battle for the vast majority of the game (See player ratings here).
We ran out of steam and will be left to regret some massive missed chances. A really tough to take, but we move onto Liverpool next weekend.