Saved by a last gasp goal again!By: Allan | September 21st, 2010
The one thing the lads showed in abundance on Saturday was spirit. I didnâ€™t really agree with Steve Bruceâ€™s assertion that we played well. I think for the second time this season, weâ€™ve snatched something in the dying seconds when weâ€™ve scarcely deserved it. When you consider we were at home, I thought we were a little too negative on Saturday. By filling up the midfield, we allowed Darren to become rather isolated up front. It was still nice seem him get his goal though â€“ he deserved something for all his unselfish running. Their goal was fluke, although in general play, Arsenal certainly deserved something from the game. In situations like that, you got to hold your hand up and say: â€śwe got luckyâ€ť and move onto the next one. The funnies bit about Saturday was Ellis and Sir Nialâ€™s celebrations at the end.
Looking back a week, maybe itâ€™s time the gaffer thought seriously about taking the captaincy away from Lee Canttermole. Leeâ€™s a decent player, but Bobby Kerr he ainâ€™t. Bookings and sendings off are becoming a recurring theme, and as Iâ€™ve said time and time again, does he really want to play international football? If the manager takes it away from Lee permanently, who should be captain? Lets face it, thereâ€™s a distinct lack of leaders in our team. Iâ€™ve not always been Antonâ€™s biggest fan, but I think heâ€™s been playing well of late, and maybe now it the time to change it.
The team hasnâ€™t played particularly so far this season, and weâ€™re languishing dangerously close to the drop zone â€“ one win away from the top half and one defeat away from the bottom three! Although itâ€™s still early days, we still look well short of being capable of achieving the widely published objective of a top ten finish. Looking at the situation with a degree of objectivity, itâ€™s hard not to believe that Steveâ€™s jacket isnâ€™t on a shaky peg, if the current form continues and we stop scoring last minute goals.
Before Anfield, thereâ€™s league cup business to attend to. A good cup run is something weâ€™ve been sadly lacking of late. A semi or better still, final appearance would show the fans some real tangible signs of progress under our present manager.