A few weeks ago I said we were down. I just couldn’t see a way out. I can now. All we need is a draw at Old Traffdord. After the way we played today it’s by no means beyond the realms of possibility. So I eat my words.
In 2001 I made my only trip to Man U. We won with a goal from Jermaine Defoe. It was one of the greatest days of my life. I vowed never to back as nothing could be as good as that. I hope I will be able to eat my words again.
And so to today. The first half made me feel like I was watching the West Ham of last season. Attack after attack after attack. Three superb goals. Carlos Tevez was on fire. I can’t remember the last time I remember being confident of us getting a goal from a free kick outside the area. I was today. And Mark Noble’s goal would have been one Paolo di Canio himself would have been proud of. He will never hit a sweeter volley. Mark was one of my men of the match today. Shame he gave away possession which led to the Bolton goal.
The second half was a bit of a nail biter. I just had that niggle in the back of my mind that we would contrive to throw it all away again. And we nearly did. But the defence, especially James Collins, played well and held out. And finally, two more mentions – Bobby Zamora and George McCartney. George is making the left back position his own through a string of excellent performances. This was another of them. And Zamora held the ball up better than I have ever seen him do before. He was great in the air and full of commitment. All in all, an inspirational performance. One more is needed…
Green – 8 Dealt with everything that came his way apart from the goal
Collins – 9 Simply immense in the air
Ferdinand – 8 Solid and at times creative
McCartney – 8 Superb
Neill – 8 Love his forward rampaging runs
Reo Coker – 8 Commitment personified
Benayoun – 7 Good attacking overlaps and total commitment. Even good tackles
Boa Morte – 6 Too fat still, but showing much improvement in attack
Tevez – 9 Superb first 45, faded a bit in the second half
Zamora – 9 Fantastic at getting the ball and holding it up
Noble – 9 The lynch pin of the team and a wonderful goal