Pony New Year

Thursday 1st January 2015

Happy new year to all.

Thirteen points from a possible fifteen and progression from our Champions League group made it an excellent end to 2014. That doesn’t take away any of the disappointment having been comfortably beaten by a mediocre Southampton side in our first outing of the new year.

Football on January 1st is very much a tradition in our country so consequently year in year out the way we all feel totally depends on how full on the previous night’s celebrations have proved to be.

On this occasion they were entertaining and enjoyable but waking feeling pretty confortable was still a pleasant surprise! Living on the south coast Southampton away was gratefully received too so all in all we looked forward to the days events.

Our journey was smooth and pre match fare in our usual haunt was nothing less than lengthy and thoroughly enjoyable. Everything then was perfect and looked set for a fine day.

Then the football happened.

Away End St Marys

Away End St Marys

In many ways I thought the game matched West Ham away in the early stages but a defensive error saw us go behind and it set the scene for the rest of the afternoon.

We had 2 great chances in the game. Santi could and should have put us one up and the Saints keeper made a great save from Alexis when we were one down. Both situations of course could have made it a different story.

Don’t get me wrong however, in amongst those incidents our hosts enjoyed many chances and overall thoroughly deserved their victory. The fact there were 35 minutes left when Southampton doubled their lead and we never threatened once probably sums up just how much we were second best today.

So, what do we do? Well, the fact I would definitely have taken a point before a ball was kicked means we are one short. In all the accurate and correct negativity surrounding our poor performance, that makes it sound a little bit better.

We need to move on and win our next game and hopefully some of our many missing players will be available to help us do that. In addition of course, the transfer window will be open and hopefully our squad will be strengthened to assist our progression.

Twelve months ago our next game was an FA Cup 3rd round tie at home to an over confident Tottenham. It was to prove a thoroughly enjoyable day and the springboard to not only our season but our fantastic run to Wembley success.

Sunday sees Hull City come to London N5 and our first obstacle as we bid to defend our trophy.

Disappointments like today make me want to win our next game even more.

And today is no different.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

Frank
@stubbsy70

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