- Apr 30, 2013
- Reaction score
To be fair, perhaps I explained it poorly (very likely). The preference would be for us to win every game while playing sexy football. If we had held on for the win v Leeds and in the process moved up to 4th in the table, despite having reservations over the tactics/performance, it would be difficult to argue with that.
If we lost every game playing how we did v Spurs, despite being entertained, we'd have still lost and people would have (rightly) been critical.
There has to be some middle-ground.
My main point here, is that we've literally flipped from creating loads and playing good football, to being a side that doesn't look like it can string three passes together. The results have been alright over the last 4-5 games, so the performances have kind of been swept under the carpet - but when we're defending for 60+ minutes against a side that we're more than capable of beating, it's only fair to question those tactics when we don't hold on for the win.
I agree about middle ground, I don't think some of the reaction from the majority of people to Saturday came from there.
The results haven't been 'alright' over the last five games, we're fifth in the form table for that period!
At no point have I said results are the be all and end all, or that I don't share some concerns about our performances, but I think there's a lot of blase attitudes around.
Every win in the PL is a big deal, a point away at Elland Road is hardly a gimme, and also this Holy Grail of 'playing great and getting points' is incredibly hard and usually requires massive investment to achieve.
I agree we're (very successfully) treading water, I also will be questioning it myself if it's the same in another 9 games, but for now I'm happy with some points on the board