Of course we're Paranoid: They're out to get us.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.We needed to win this one, as 'Musings' predicted, though with Arsenal and Liverpool losing it isn't quite as tight as it might have been. City nearly threw it away after total first half dominance against Swansea.
Brazilian wonder-kid Jesus clinched it in injury time with help from ex-Arsenal keeper Fabiansky (edit). Ex Spur Siggy gave us all hope with an equaliser but we are still clear in second after the weekend. Funny old game!
We are one point up on City, 3 points on Arsenal, 4 points on Liverpool and 5 points up on Utd. with a superior goal difference to all of them. Chelsea are out of sight and are not likely to come back into view until next season.
Next week's game at Liverpool is a classic six pointer and I would take a draw now but then I always would against close rivals. It's the Middlesbroughs we have to beat and we did.
Totally dominant once again but we had to rely on a Harry Kane coolly struck penalty to get the points in the end. Son was positively frenetic and won the penalty with a sharp turn that deceived Bernardo
But he was so wasteful with the ball. It was a better performance than at Sunderland: higher pace and more movement. Dele and Eriksen both played well without exactly busting a gut. The defence was solid though little troubled.
But the dominance of the midfield by Dembele and Wanyama was almost embarrassing. In fact by half time it was clear that we didn't need belt braces and a length of baler twine and Harry Winks might have added some extra creativity.
However compared to last season we are higher in the league with more points; we have scored more goals; conceded less; we have won more games and lost fewer.
2015/6 after 24 games..
2016/7 after 24 games
All this despite sustaining more injuries to key players and in a more competitive league this season with Chelsea, Liverpool and Man.Utd arguably stronger..
Missing are Champions Leicester who have an evens chance of being relegated from the top flight, the first club to do this ignominious double in 80 years. (Win a free subscription to The Musings if you can name the last club to do so).
The Bad News is that the season doesn't end after 24 games but all the signs are promising except injuries.
Valdes roughing up Dele after some pushing prior to a corner. Hand to face automatic red normally. Or a retrospective ban (See Moussa Dembele and Diego Costa). No FA action to be taken apparently
It was not even mentioned on MOTD or on the commentary but was caught on camera and not punished by the match referee. Howard Webb declares it a straight red.
No videos easily available so we have to make do with an earlier technology. At least they won't get taken down.
Take that, and that, and that
Just before there's at least two penalty fouls on Dele and Toby.
Following the failure of Lee Mason to send off Rodwell against Sunderland for a wild hack it does seem like an agenda. Just because we're paranoid it doesn't mean that they're not out to get us.
Out for anything from two weeks to three months according to rumour. I'd prefer the former. Davies has done OK but it changes our whole approach and he's no Danny Rose.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
How about coming out to this at the new stadium. The original recording and video of Black Sabbaths's 'Paranoid'. Who you calling Paranoid?. I just know all the facts (William S. Burroughs)