Tuesday, 6 April 2010
One Point From 21 - Reality Hurts
We were all on a high after that late equaliser on Sunday but, listening to the manager and players and fans, you would think the Great Escape had began. We need some perspective here. We got a point. One point. And that is ONE POINT from the last 21. Hull play Burnley and Wigan play Portsmouth next up. If we don't get a result against Sunderland, we could be as good as dead and buried by next Sunday. That is the ugly truth of the matter. Even if we beat Sunderland, and that is a big if given our inability to keep a clean sheet, then we will still be deep in the mire if Hull and Wigan achieve anticipated victories.
That is the problem. Unless we win 3 games from 5, we are in desperate trouble. That means there is NO margin of error given one of those games is away to Liverpool. We HAVE to beat Sunderland and Wigan at home and probably Fulham away. I don't fancy us against Unreal City on the last day of the season.
And the big problem with that is that, unlike Hull and Wigan, we have not managed a victory for 7 games now. Our players have forgotten how to win it seems to me. Look at the Everton game. We played well. Green did not make a single save in 90 minutes. But he STILL picked the ball out of the net twice and Everton were denied a penalty. Had Webb pointed to the spot, as he should have done, we would probably have suffered a seventh straight defeat. I know we can reverse that and say if Mido had tucked away our penalty, but that was down to our incompetence, not to the incompetence of the referee.
The good news is that our record against Sunderland at Upton Park is good. Their form this season away from home is also poor. But they looked good against Tottenham and Bent is exactly the sort of player who has been causing us problems recently. Do we fancy Upson and Da Costa to achieve a "shut out"? If not, then we need to tuck away chances at the other end which is not something we have been doing lately at Upton Park.
The key will be to score first. If we go a goal behind at Upton Park with this group of players, God help us! Talk about living on a knife edge!
Come On You Can Do It Irons!
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:22