Well I’m not getting my Calvin Klein’s in a twist after the 4-1 reversal at Anfield. For starters, we were missing two key centre backs as in Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose.
Already some people are leaping on Grant Hanley’s back, but he was (not arguably but factually) our only available centre back on Friday night. Over to Daniel Farke:
‘I know no-one wants to speak about it now after this result but in that first half we had nearly the same possession, we had more chances and more shots, but the reality is they had four shots on our goal and were 4-0 up at half-time.
‘That is unbelievably unlucky. Our performance deserved much more, and we were not too far away from a good result at Anfield. We will speak about the lessons we need to learn but I honestly believe there are more positives to take.’
Plus we were playing the Champions League winners. Away in the first game of the season. And only Hanley and Tim Krul had ever played in the Premier League before. Okay, Patrick Roberts had a handful – if that – of Premier League games a couple of years back with his parent club Man City but he ended up on, and staying on, the bench.
I reckon it will be much different against the Mags at Carrow Road on Saturday. Only time will tell of course but I remain confident. As for Hanley, who may or may or not take the field against Newcastle, sure he made a terrible howler with that early OG.
He knows it (his hands-on-knees reaction confirms that) but the last thing he needs is to be castigated by the likes of me. We all make errors, although maybe not in front of 50,000 people at Anfield and a worldwide satellite TV audience. I think we should leave it there. He doesn’t deserve further stick. It happened. Let us and indeed him get over it.
Gary G made a very pertinent observation on Friday that there are people about on social media bemoaning a perceived lack of spending and apparently there have been a few derogatory comments floating around following Friday’s result.
I will not partake in the use of said social media. It’s not because I’m a Luddite, just a case of personal choice. However, a couple of mates often send me some snippets if they think they will either make me laugh or cry. A couple of these concerning “lack of spending” and “Grant Hanley” have actually induced both emotions.
Until the arrival of Stuart Webber and Farke plus coaching team I have often been very vocal in my criticism of the Board, but ever since the arrival of our dynamic duo my mindset has altered.
We have a clear policy off the pitch, dictated and implemented by Webber and his team. So far, so very, very good.
We have a clear philosophy on the pitch, and we play some very entertaining stuff, even in a 4-1 defeat against maybe the third best team in the world. All credit to Farke and his coaches.
Add in the improvements at Colney and our much-improved recruitment strategy (particularly with the acquisition of so many good young players for the future) and it’s easy to see a cohesive plan and a lasting structure in place, which simply didn’t exist three years ago. So much achieved in such a short timeframe.
So many of us seem to back this approach and accept that the idea of splurging a la Villa is not our way forward.
There will always be some who disagree of course. It’s always easy to spend somebody else’s money, after all.
I still think we’ll be fine.
But if not and we do end up in the Championship we will not go gentle into that good night, and equally importantly we will not have any obscene wages or egotistical players to hinder our return, simply a squad that has done it before and will be more than capable of a return to the Premier League
Although with 37 matches to play I reckon I’m leaping ahead a little too much. I repeat, we’ll be fine.
As The Clash said, I’m Not Down.
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