Burnley

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Pic Shkodran scores his first goal
Funny old game….with Moss, aided by Taylor, reffing, maybe thinking of Burnley as a walkover was a trifle precipitate. For sure they were more than prepared to improve their abysmal away record. But for once we had a very good first half bar that minor problem of putting the ball in the net. It seemed just a question of time but time came and went and we were at half time no better off than when we started.

PNE

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Rambo gets his first of the season. Source D Mirror

I have to confess that there are times when keeping the faith is a trifle difficult. Two self-same first halves in the same week puts a strain on the best intentions.

Bournemouth

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A great volley from Lucas gets our second. Courtesy D Mirror

Crystal Palace

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Goal of the century? Courtesy d.mirror

WBA

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At last Foster is beaten. Source D Mirror

Inspired goalkeeping behind a packed defence is a formula that most of us have seen far too frequently. Other than giving our back line a day off serious work, it’s not designed to keep away frustration. The relief of Olly’s header from Oz’s cross was something else. Another 1-0 to the Arsenal but who cares?
I did find myself thinking of days of Mark Ovemars and Anders Limpar, let alone Bobby which to my mind seems to be an element missing when meeting up with the park the bus sides.

Man City

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Our one happy moment

Let's not beat about the bush, we lost to a better team on the day. And that better team weren’t aided by one of my bête noirs, Martin Atkinson. Yes there is evidence that City’s equalizer was fractionally offside but blame the lineman for that. Equally their winner, according to the offside law as it is now written, was OK. Petr’s view may have been harmed by our defenders but he had no interference from the City lad. Atkinson may have been too harsh when he booked Elneny but otherwise, he seemed to have a fair game and we can ask for no more.

Everton

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Desperation as Petr joins the attack. Source D Mirror

“At the weekend a story emerged about how Arsenal have been using a forensic psychiatrist, Ceri Evans, to provide a bit of edge.”
And for our next lesson we will see what can be done mentally about the opposition kicking the shit out of you and a referee that lets it go on. This will be our priority until the end of the season.

Stoke

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Oz delivers a perfect header Source D Mirror

What a pleasant surprise…a Stoke side wanting to play football in preference to playing gladiators. OK let’s leave Charlie Adam out of that; they should field him with a net and dagger (Retiaritus for those of you up to date with Roman linguistics).

Southampton

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One of our few shots Source D Mirror

Oh dear what can the matter be? 11 young men locked in the lavatory

And most of ‘em should have bloody stayed there. This really was a case of 10 changes too many and with too little on the bench to get ourselves out the hole we dug for ourselves.

Bournemouth

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Pic: Theo nods in our second from great cross by Nacho. Courtesy The Guardian

An interesting game from many points of view. No less than 7 changes to the side played on Wednesday including Matt Debuchy for the first time in many months. It must have been heart breaking for Matt to go off with what appeared to be a hamstring after his very promising start. Some good tackles and well timed passes showed that he might well be back to his best. As a result of the changes our bench looked as strong as I can remember.