What has been most impressive for me is the fact that we aren’t conceding goals like a thought we would. I thought this was one of our weakest points of the team at the start of the season with only 3 premiership-worth defenders in my opinion; James Tomkins, James Collins and Winston Reid.
So after racking up another clean sheet against Newcastle things are looking tight at the back and finally Jääskeläinen is looking like he is picking up his game and gaining confidence. This to me is a classic Sam Allardyce type of football; big, strong, hard to beat and doesn’t concede many goals.
So is this key fact the reason we are doing so well? Well yes to be honest if your defence is strong and you’re not conceding a goal that’s half the battle won. Is this going to keep us up? Well, time will tell…
With the likes of Joey O’Brien, George McCartney, Guy Demel and Jordan Spence along with James Collins, James Tomkins and Winston Reid its promising if they keep this kind of performance going in the League. I was unsure of O’Brien, McCartney and Demel at the start but they are proving me wrong and I am more than happy with that.
But the problem comes if we get a few injuries like we have been seeing lately and the defence has looked stretched with no defenders on the bench. I just hope that we add a couple more to the back in January so we have sufficient cover.
But am I happy with them at the moment?? The answer, I am more than happy, they are doing themselves and the club proud and long many it last. To me this is where we have the upper hand over the likes of QPR, Reading and Southampton, our defence looks strong were as they look weak.
This could be where the battle for survival is won!!
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