I’m not really going to talk about the game, save to comment how it affects us.
Yes, we lost to a penalty that never was, but there’s more to it than that, in my opinion.
We are going down.
You can see the signs. They smack you in the face, just like one of Benteke’s elbows, when he’s climbing for the ball.
And it hurts.
You can see the willingness is there, but in my opinion, we simply aren’t good enough.
Yes, we created chances late on, but did anyone really think we were going to score? I certainly didn’t, because you just see the signs.
The first half, we were second best, simple. Where was the urgency? the fast closing down we displayed earlier in the season, that made us look like even if we weren’t quite good enough, any opposition side would have to at least work their balls off to beat us? There was none.
We created loads late on. But bear in mind, this was against one of the weakest defences in the league, that had also only won one game away up until today. How typical that Southampton got their second away win against us. It’s just another sign, isn’t it?
I suppose the good point is that we never conceded from open play. But when you consider that Southampton are struggling along with us, it’s not saying much.
I’m sorry, but I don’t see us turning this round. I don’t believe Paul Lambert has the ability or the tools to avoid us going down.
I’m seriously hurting today and am looking where to point the finger as to what’s happened to our great club.
I haven’t quite worked that one out yet, but I suspect I know.