Great win, but we have got into the habit of doing it the hard way.
We really should have had it wrapped up before half-time. A quick glance and summary of our seasons chance to conversion ratio is now the worst in the Top 6. we are creating, and creating well. But we are simply not being clinical enough this season, and that has to change if we want to regain our top form and start putting teams like Burnley away. Chance after chance went begging in the first half, and missing these gives teams like Burnley the sort of encouragement that gets them to nick points they should not have had a hope of.
It’s worth noting that I called for Alli to be rested, Poch did what he has to do and make the big calls and played him from the start – and it worked a treat, he looked close to being the sort of player he was last season – so let’s hope the Pundits and commentators recognise it as quickly as they have put the boot into him.
Talking to the London Evening Standard
Poch said ‘I think it’s an important victory for us,’ he added
‘Not only the three points, I think the way we achieved the victory was very good. It means a lot for us to be in a position again to compete for the top four and change a little bit the feeling from last week.’
Poch went on to applaud Kane’s incredible achievement of equaling Shearers record;
‘His contribution not only with goals, with attitude, professional, ethic, how he works, I think it’s fantastic,’ said the boss.
‘He’s a massive example for everyone and of course I’m so happy for him because not only we achieved the three points but he equalled the record with Alan Shearer’
Of course he needs one more to set the record and I think it’s a massive individual achievement for him.’
Anyway, here’s the tale of the tape:
Them – Us
5 Goal Attempts 18
2 On Target 8
4 Corners 4
10 Fouls 10
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
40 % 60