Sunday, 23 March 2008
A Bridge Too Far*
No complaints really - a very even first half, followed by a goal for us from an unlikely source (a Bacary Sagna glancing header from a corner? WTF?) and then a masterclass in persistent finishing from Drogba (ably assisted, much to my annoyance, by AFC old boy Anelka). Large hint of offside for the first of theirs? Yes, but they had more than enough other chances to clinch it and Almunia had to make some smart stops. We suffered from the yips up front again; Adebayor was anonymous (he should never have had his hair cut) and whilst van Persie showed some glimpses of his brilliance, his 5 months out showed and he tired late on. Hleb created a bit and Theo came on too late to make a difference but we were disjointed and yet again couldn't hold onto a lead. Chelsea could yet win the title; but it's Man United's to lose, really.
And if we don't get anything this season? Well, it wasn't really today that was pivotal; the four draws coming into this derailed us (and how). Was Eduardo's sickening injury too much for a young team to cope with? We may never know. I know it's not over but it just got a whole lot more difficult - and now it's essentially out of our hands...
* what price this being a tabloid headline tomorrow?