Well, that’s more like it!! Get in. Where to even start with this one. What an absolutely ridiculous game of football.
There were eyebrows raised before the game as Jonjo Shelvey came back into the team to partner Issac Hayden in midfield, with Matty Longstaff dropping to the bench. Those eyebrows stayed raised for various different reasons. We simply tore into West Ham and deserved to win far more convincingly than 3-2.
Wether it was sensing unrest in the home crowd, a point to prove, or tactically changing things up, it was just wonderful. The most entertaining half of Premier League football we’ve played in years, 2 goals, dominant man for man, dominant in every area, yet still nervous at half time.
I honestly have never felt how I felt about Saint Maximin at half time, he was simply sensational, and both him and Almiron tore West Ham to shreds. Yet both of them managed to miss glaring opportunities. Really, if the score had been 5-0 at half time it would have been just, yet it was Clark and Fernandez that got the goals via two headers.
I expected the second half to begin with an absolute onslaught from West Ham. It didn’t. It begin with Jonjo Shelvey curling one around the wall for a glorious 3rd!
The second half seemed like a bit of a formality to be honest but as expected we dropped deeper and deeper as West Ham tried to save face.
They ended up doing that by making the score line look more respectable than it should have ever looked, but despite two late goals from them ,the second a smart finish from Snodgrass, we hung on for a brilliant win. I
t would have been a travesty if we hadn’t taken 3 points today.
I’m sure there will be more time for more thorough and forensic reports in the next few days, but all credit to Bruce and the players for a wonderful win.
We bounce into next weekend’s game with Bournemouth and if we play like that again against the Cherries then another 3 points beckons.