As you will have seen from the previous post, I really thought we might get something out of the Liverpool game, and I wasn’t far wrong. OK we flew by the collective seats of our pants, but this was the third clean sheet in a row, and it is a game which we could have won. Our performance was full of tenacity, even if it wasn’t pretty. Parker and Behrami in particular deserve praise for not allowing Liverpool to get control of midfield. James Collins had another awesome game too. Craig Bellamy caused trouble up front and came within a whisker of scoring when he hit the post – although thanks to Setanta going down I didn’t actually see that.
Man of the match was, without a shadow of a doubt, Rob Green. Let’s hope Fabio Capello was watching. He pulled off several spectacular saves and kept us in the game.
This performance demonstrated that we can play gritty football when we have to. OK, we all like to attack, attack, attack, but in games like this it is not always possible. It also demonstrated that Zola is more tactically aware than many people think.
All in all, a job well done.