Was tricky because he was going one way and the Burnley player was right in front and had flick at the ball (but missed it) hence the first touch, he did then get his hands On the ball but didn’t quite gather it and had it kicked out of his mitts. I wouldn’t put the blame on him, in truth if TAA has stepped up the lad blocking his view would have been off side
If you want someone to blame, the lino is the one responsible, because that goal should have been ruled out for offside. VAR would have done that, no sweat. Could have cost us two or more points.
Usual kick and rush fare in that rotting dump, hasn't seen a lick of paint in years. Apparantly, I hear some of the seats are still made of wood. For some reason, the fixture list always seems to send us there around this time of year, when the weather is schiedt, our resources are stretched, and the game is awful to watch, which it was again, for at least an hour. With no goal scored by us before half time in any of the past 7 visits to Burnley, I wasn't expecting a goalfest this time either, which didn't materialise. Funny though that none of our past 5 trips there have been shown live by the broadcasters. Both of them love showing our away games, but obviously they must hate the kip as much as I do. So it's off to the pub to watch the game live then, with no sound, no commentary, and blaring music in the background.
No surprise then that the tackles were flying in, and that someone was going to come off worst. Losing Joe is a huge blow, not in the short term perhaps, but we have big games coming up and his cb partnership will now have to be broken up.
Not much more to say really until the ghost goal was scored, when an already difficult task was made twice as hard. I could see the headlines, and the posts here about the result, without even having to look at them, but credit to the lads and Jürgen, within 15 minutes we had repaired the damage. With all the changes made though, just seeing the game out was not really an option, so we looked for more goals and should have scored more. Then that corner came in, of course we don't put players on posts for corners, so there was mayhem in the box. Eventually the ball was sent towards the top corner and Alisson somehow saved the day. That is a world class match winning save and you will seriously struggle to see a better timed one for us this season. Then he set up the insurance goal and finally we could take a well earned breather. It's the first time we've come from behind to win in 8 months, so this was a big one as we had to dig deep to get it.
Last year, we would fly out of the blocks and destroy the opposition in the first half. This year, we're saving all our firepower up for the second half, with only three first half goals in the league since beating Southampton. But we are managing games well, so the 10 minute brainfades that followed goals last year are not happening anymore. The goal at Chelsea is still the only goal against us in the first half this season.
So we're halfway to equalling the unbeaten record from 1988, and on course to go top of the league again at the weekend. Even if it's just for a few hours, it will give City something to think about, and remind the fruitcakes in the media who dismiss the title race as a City cakewalk, that there's plenty more football to be played before anything is decided in this title race.