Don’t get me wrong folks, it’s devastating to lose a game 3-2 when you’re 0-2 up with just over 20 minutes to play, but I refuse to accept that it’s all doom and gloom after several signs of improvements.
Yes it’s another defeat – and a tough one to take when all three looked likely at one point – but there’s definite positives to take from it.
Here’s a few:
- Muto a breath of fresh air – He’s everything we haven’t had up top recently and was brilliant on his first Premier League start. He made great runs, used the ball well, looked to have a real turn of pace and took his goal very well. Considering we’ve looked toothless in attack, it was great to
- Kenedy’s best performance of the season – He took his goal superbly; a moment which could kickstart his season. He’s had some shockers so far and had looked like he was struggling to recover from that horror show at Cardiff, however he looked more like his old self on Saturday. He showed his quality for his goal, he gave us an outlet down the left and got back well to help out Manquillo defensively.
- Signs of life from a group that had looked half asleep – It’s not just our defeats so far this season that had worried me, it was the nature of them and our total lack of attacking threat; with me walking away from last weekend’s defeat to Leicester struggling to find a single positive to take. This time we actually had a go, had enthusiasm in attack, were daring and creative. Yes that faded, but the effort and willingness to get forward bodes well ahead of a run of fixtures we should be attacking.
- Shelvey finding form? – As many people say, if Jonjo Shelvey doesn’t turn up, we quite often don’t turn up, however he was brilliant on Saturday; showing his creativity and control on the ball but also putting in a good shift defensively.
- Dubravka brilliant; and I have total faith in the two ahead of him – He really does look more and more like one of the signings of the summer at just £4m. A superb shot stopper, confident from crosses, a brilliant communicator and a leader on and off the pitch. We may have conceded three but I have faith in us defensively with him, Lascelles and Fernandez at the heart of our back line.
We need points on the board soon, but play like that against Brighton in two weeks time and I’m quite confident we’ll come away with our first win of the season.
Let’s keep the faith.