There was a lot to be happy about in last night’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
First, the result. A point against arguably the strongest German champions in the last five years in front of their ferocious home support. Absolutely satisfactory in my book.
Second, the determination shown. We were on the back foot for most of the game and defended reasonably well, particularly in the second half. But what mattered was the work-rate and energy put in by our back four and midfield three to preserve the lead for as long as they did.
Third, the goalkeeper. He’s confident, he’s charismatic, he’s realistic and he inspires calm in the players in front of him. If great teams are built from the back (and they are, which is why Manchester City’s attack is now looking so spectacular) then there is no other goalkeeper I would want in the world between the sticks. And I REALLY mean that.
Fourth, the rut is over. We’re not playing great football by any means but in the two games since the Manchester United pasting we have achieved good results. We’ve also integrated four of the five new players (with three of them starting games) and looked a cohesive unit in patches.
There’s still a long way to go for this team to look anything like title contenders but with new players on the books and a renewed energy around the club there is a lot to be excited about.
A quick note to the lads on Twitter who helped me find a stream last night at extremely short notice: @MorningPint, @danrose24, @tomneilson, @Dr_Isaksson, @PFBSuperDave, @Luxinho77 and @GoonerOz. It shows again how powerful Twitter is for that sort of thing and how great the @AFCBlog community is on there. Get involved!
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