Our match vs Stoke City has come and gone, and while fans still revel in our hard-fought victory, I feel it’s important to point out the unusual thing that happened in that match.
Against the Potters, our attack was at its brilliant best, giving the opposition exactly what it asked for, however, our defence was for the first time suspect.
Since our current winning run began, we have stood out as the best defence in the league, and opposition teams have had great difficulty breaking us down. The closest to doing that were Tottenham and Manchester City, but even they with all their firepower could only score once against us. But against Stoke, we conceded twice, the first time that happened since our run began.
Our defence started very well in that game, sniffing out all danger, and kept it tight, but at some point, things seemed to be out of control, and that was very worrying. For a team that didn’t concede at all in well over 5 games to suddenly concede twice against a Stoke side, was disturbing. Although, one can understand if these guys make mistakes like they did against Stoke, they’re humans after all, and perhaps, fatigue is starting to take a toll (and one goal was indeed offside), but it’s also very important to keep our momentum going. We’ll be coming up against Tottenham next, and unless we keep things very coordinated and tight, we may be on the losing end of that game. Yes, the lads have tried immensely this season, every single one of them, but they must remember that the fight isn’t over yet. This season is a keenly contested one. We must keep our eyes on the price, and keep going until the end. There’s so much left to play for. Having said that, I wish the lads more luck in forthcoming games.