We looked good with two strikers – Amazing, I know. We played with both Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole for the final period of the match, and would you believe it? We only went and scored! I wish Big Sam would change our system up earlier in the match sometimes, as Carlton Cole must be at full fitness by now and we did look much better in attack when he came on.
Our away fans are amazing – I think when all you can hear are the fans losing 3-0, you know they’re bloody good. I think my personal favourite chant from Old Trafford was “you’re nothing special, we lose every week.” However, our Twitter fans were quite fickle – after singing Sam Allardyce’s praises for beating Tottenham Hotspur in the cup, they were calling for his head when we couldn’t win away to the Red Devils. Now I’m not his biggest fan by any means, but surely we weren’t ever really expecting anything from that match?
We can’t wait for Winston Reid’s return! – James Collins and James Tomkins were both poor and looked out of form against Manchester United, and you all know how sad it makes me to write that about JT! Winston Reid is a calming influence in the back four and we really do miss him. It’s been reported that he’s aiming to be back for January, so let’s hope that’s the case.
We’re all feeling the danger of the drop – It’s December and I know I’m already anxiously watching results from other teams coming in, hoping that they will have slipped up like we have. I know there are ‘worse teams than us’ and ‘we’ll be alright’, but this season is reminding me more and more of the Avram Grant relegation campaign, and that frightens me!
We may be hard pressed to hold on to Carlton from January – Ok so this is clearly a tongue in cheek point, but the one thing that used to frustrate me about Cole is that when he had too much time to think about his shot and what he had to do, he would make a mess of it. He looked really confident slotting the ball under a diving De Gea, and it was great to see. I genuinely think it’s worth keeping him if Andy Carroll’s fitness is shaky.
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