File that under 'Missed opportunities´ Miss Anstruther
and hand me that complimentary copy of 'Tactical Substitutions´ by A.Wenger
from the waste paper basket would you.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Oh dear, but at least we didn´t lose. Two tough derbies in a week and one point from six is not title winning form and Leicester seemingly going from strength to strength. So second or third place it is, hopefully.
I didn´t see the whole game, family Junior football commitments. I followed it on my phone initially but watched the roller coaster second half when I got home.
And saw the highlights of course. From Deli Alli´s back heel, and Harry´s wonder goal which was fit to win any game on the hour until the bitter end. 'Bitter end' what an apt phrase.
But at least we didn´t lose which but for Wimmer's fine tackle at the death on Ramsey we might we might well have done. Wenger went boldly for the win and was rewarded.
Fortune Favours the Brave they say. Pochettino's negative substitution of Lamela, who was on a´yellow, for Mason to protect our lead didn´t work out although on another day it might have done.
Lloris may be a God in some household´s but he was palpably human for Sanchez mishit equaliser. Would Vorm have saved it? Maybe. But we played into their hands by not continuing to press against ten men.
In an NLD even with ten men nobody is going to crawl into a corner and rock with their thumbs in their mouths. At 2-1 up we should have won it but as at West Ham some credit must be given to the opposition Manager.
All the stats demonstrate that we are on for Top Four finish but we have lost invaluable momentum and perhaps confidence and need to regroup and re-assess.
We have the distraction of the UEFA games against Borussia Dortmund amongst highly winnable games at Aston Villa and home to Bournemouth. But beware wounded prey fighting for it's life at the other end of the table.
Of course going through to the next round of UEFA could be just the inspiration we need but a second string might struggle and the search for inspiration could backfire.
A man once said that 'April is the cruelest month' but so far March has certainly rivalled it for it's impact on our season. We don't have a fixture on the 15th. the Ides Of March but we've two either side so Beware.
For what it's worth I think that Leicester will win the league with Man. City second. We should get third but need to dig deep and prioritise the Premiership. The UEFA is a long shot and key players need a rest.
The folly of not buying a genuine back up to Harry will almost certainly come back to bite us as wonder goal apart he has not played with enough swash or buckle lately. Son has been increasingly poor. N'Jie is still in the treatment room.
Alli, Harry, Dembele and Dier need some time off to lick heir wounds, figuratively speaking that is. Onomah, Winks and Carroll should slot in somewhere. Son and Chadli might start too.
A draw away would be fine achievement but I can't see it myself except with a full strength team which would be folly.
Musings Meltdown. Not on my watch. We would have torn their hands, arms, legs and possibly their heads right off if offered our current position at the beginning of the season so let's not lose heart now.
But for missed opportunities we could be top but that's life, football and the Universe, and there will many more twists on the road to the end of the season. Opportunity knocked but no one answered this week.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Worth watching for the Deli Alli moment and Harry Kane's goal. Enjoy!