didn't get home till 12:30am and didn't get to be till past 1 so just couldn't make it up at 4:30am... so sorry if you n=missed my drivel.
dragged myself out of bed at 6:00am to watch the tape and...
what a game
remember that Liverpool game I'm always bleating on about where we just went at them from the whistle and ended up 3-1 winners?
That's exactly what we did today. It was a joy to behold (and nicely proves my point)
a goal after 6 minutes... both players were off side... but to be honest... we were so on top... so dominant... so unstoppable that i think no one cared that we were offside of got the goal... everyone - including Man Utd - just wanted a break in the action to draw breath.
The TV put up the possession stats after two minutes and determined somehow that Man Used had managed a grand total of 1% possession.
Everything went right today... we were fit, sharp, determined, dogged... passes were crisp, we tackled, we harried, we contested every ball...
and the result?
we were totally dominant... completely on top
we scored, scored again.
Yes, the Yarmolenko goal was a horrible deflection for an own goal... but it was totally deserved
Noble had probably one of the best games I've seen him play - his pinpoint pass for Arnie to slot home goal #3 was awesome... and who'd have thought I'd ever say that again?
The defense was almost perfect... Zabaleta dominated... Drop made a tackle in the first half that was easily as good as any of the ones Bobby Moore put in against Pele.
Balbuena was solid.
Anderson played well... everyone did.
This was the team we'd all been hoping to see from game 1.
This felt like they had finally decided to christen the OS and make it home
There were choruses of 'ole' for several periods of the 2nd half as we just played the ball around
Even Diangana got on in added time to make his first team debut... it really couldn't have gone any better.
Kudos to each and every one of them... this was just what we needed and exactly what we deserved