Defeat in the Swamp

Saturday 7th February 2015

Athletico played Real in the Madrid derby today and hammered them 4 nil. It can happen. We have seen our team lose to our geographical rivals before and life dictates we will see us lose to them again at some stage in the future. Fortunately in the many many times I have seen us lock horns over the last 35 years or so defeats haven’t been that regular.

Overall I cannot deny our hosts played pretty well today and their fans celebrated as if they had won the league like they tend to on these occasions. I assume the dvd will follow.

We've seen our team win the league from here....

We’ve seen our team win the league from here….

The reality is however, the most frustrating aspect is we have dropped important points, especially given we have been on a run of good form of late.

We didn’t play particularly well today, that is definitely true. I don’t think we played any better last season either. But the result was totally different of course. My point is those dividing lines are so so thin.

Again today we tried to be compact when defending and rely on our dangerous attacking options to provide our threat at the other end.

And whether deserved or not, for long periods it looked like it could work.

At one-all and possibly for the only time in the match, with about 15 mins to go, I felt we could go on and win it. And for me, although this sounds a bit obvious, it was during this period that the game was won and lost. Welbs drew a fine save and from the resulting corner Laurent saw his thumping header saved when if it had gone anywhere else it would have gone in. And if it had, I am convinced we would have gone on and won the game.

Just when it looked like we would come away with a point our hosts’ ex Gooner supporting ‘one of their own’ headed in and we made the journey home with nothing for our efforts.

Overall, on a day when our opponents played well, we were disappointing and the result doubles that emotion.

There is only one way to deal with that kind of situation and we have a big week ahead in this country’s 2 biggest domestic competitions.

Grabbing a hugely important three points comes first as we look to overcome a team that ended today’s hosts’ FA Cup adventure in the shape of Leicester City.

For me its a game that can’t come quick enough.

Keep the faith.



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