Here’s five things from our first away victory of the campaign.
I have to start on a sour note. Bafetimbi Gomis was poor again, he was outmuscled and outthought too many times for my liking and of course he was caught offside three times needlessly once again. At the moment his performances are not good enough so I suggest giving Eder a chance in the next couple of games which should give Gomis a much needed boot up the backside.
Williams stay back
He very rarely threatens to score from corners so there’s no point at all in our skipper going forward for set pieces. In fact it cost us yesterday as from our corner he failed to get back in time which left Jordan Ayew unmarked to put the hosts in front. If Ash had stayed back then this probably wouldn’t have happened.
Sigurdsson’s back on it
His work rate hasn’t wavered this term despite his influence not being as big as it was last term. Yesterday he was back to his best though and was very sharp and of of coure he topped it with a brilliant free kick. Hopefully that’s him up and running now.
Barrow from the bench
There’s no doubt for me that Mo Barrow is a better impact player than starter and it was proved once again at Villa Park. He appears to lack discipline and intelligence when starting but when the game opens up he causes havoc and Kieran Richardson could have been sent off if he’d had to face him for much longer. Also what about that touch to Naughton for our winner ? Simply sublime!
Not convincing but we needed that
We didn’t play at our best, especially in a very dull first half but once we equalised there was only one winner and you could see the spring in our step in the final twenty minutes. This win should give us confidence going into the Arsenal game next week