Monday 20th October 2014
Last May an extremely memorable Wembley final was added to our long list of historical trophy winning moments and our opponents on the day of course, were Hull City. Our memories of their visits to London N5 however, could not possibly be more opposite.
At the moment it seems quite easy to work out what needs to quickly change for our results to improve. If we had kept clean sheets in our last three home games (or only conceded 1 in 2 of them), we would have 6 more points and sitting in 2nd place.
That is not the only reason of course but it is difficult to find another when analysing why we didn’t win on Saturday.
With so many decisions across the course of the game I wouldn’t blame a referee for a result. I will however, criticise if a decision is so obviously wrong and it leads to a result changing incident.
Although our first half performance wasn’t outstanding we played ok and certainly deserved our one goal lead, arguably our best player on the day putting us in front with a fine individual moment. We weren’t absolutely battering our visitors but we were extremely dominant and comfortable.
When Hull equalized i’m sure it was the first time they had been in our box. And if the referee had made the right decision we would’ve remained in the lead. A foul in everybody’s book, it’s as simple as that.
Saying all that, Hull had done nothing to impress me so come half time I was still confident we could and would go on to take the three points.
I didn’t however, allow for the fact we would be caught so cold straight after the break. Yes, it was great movement from the striker and a good header but our lack of concentration and application was simply not acceptable.
One point is better than none, even when a draw at home to Hull is so disappointing so our equalizer was pleasing. A winner in the 6 minutes of injury time would have been fantastic but we cannot deny it would have papered over the cracks in our current defensive frailties.
A trip to Brussels means we have absolutely no time to dwell on the two points dropped. The last time we took on Anderlecht was a two legged affair that ended a 17 year period without a trophy in the cabinet. A huge couple of nights in our history, although I am slightly too young to remember it, those Gooners who do always look back with extremely fond memories.
My journey to Belgium starts tomorrow afternoon. The full details will be revealed over the coming week.
Come on you mighty Gooners!