Don't agree with Souness that we were poor.
We won the bleedin' game..taking the race to the brink...Sky and the rest should thank us from the bottom of their bank accounts..
No they don't. The headline was written "The league will be decided this weekend", as if they are disappointed that "the greatest team the English league has ever seen...will win the league by a dozen points..." were supposed to win it a month ago, and now putting the finishing touches to a bash in front of their cameras, for this weekend. Whatever happens over the next week, the plastic party will be postponed. Instead they have to set out on the long trek to Brighton and get a result against a team they scraped into the cup final against on neutral ground, and we dug a hard fought win out of there. By contrast, our away programme is over, and our fate this season in both competitions, will be decided in our own ground, in front of our own fans, party or no party.
As for Souness, he was handed a ready made successful side when he arrived, but reckoned Torben Piechnik was a better option than Gary Gillespie, and Mike Marsh was able to better do what Ray Houghton was doing for years. It certainly was a time when having 94 points with a game remaining, was a rank impossibility. So when he lashes out at how poor we've played, take what he says with a large pinch of salt.
We were sh*te tonight, looked slow and lethargic at times, understandable considering the efforts midweek, this game should have happened tomorrow but brought forward to accommodate the semi 2nd leg, it should have been left as it was and the second leg played on Wednesday, but of course the tw*ts that changed it didn’t want to lose out commercially the greedy kunts, Anyhoo, f**k them,
What a win tonight, what a fantastic 3pts.
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All that matters now is the win. Doesn't have to be free flowing football to entertain the neutrals. Nobody will care how it was done if the trophy comes home. We have won 10 games by one goal this season. That's 30 points alone won by scrapping results out when everyone else said we couldn't do it.
We played this game on the only date available. When that became the only option, it looked like it was going to be the 12.30ko, further limiting our prep time, so the time we were eventually given was the best available we could hope for. UEFA have their own schedule for the European Cup, and they don't change for anyone. Tuesday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Tuesday, with the exception of Days 2 and 3 of the group stage. That is a fixed schedule for the past 20 years, and no doubt will be for the next 20 years.
Just a note for the doubters, who had the obituaries written, prepped and ready for posting, until Origi showed up, and vanished off the face of the forum after he scored. Of course, a select few couldn't even wait that long.
One of the most famous expressions in the sport is "Never Write Off The Germans". German sides don't panic, they don't give up, and they usually find a way through even the most stubborn opposition, in the last minute if necessary.
The game lasts 90 minutes + injury time. It takes just a couple of seconds to put the ball in the net. We are resilient when we need to be and don't panic. One sub, one move, one cross, one shot, one header, one deflection, one opposition error, etc is all we need to win 3 points, and as we've shown against Everton, Spurs, Newcastle and others, if we have to dig a win out in the last minute, we can do that as well. We can play, we can entertain, we can fight, we can scrap, we can score, we can defend, we can pass teams off the park, we can pepper their box with 3 shots in 3 minutes if we really have to. And of course we have Anfield, now an impregnable fortress, where most opponents head home with nothing more than their bus fare.
We may be in the EPL, but for obvious reasons, we're now very Germanic in our style and how we go about winning games, and that's why as a team, we can now finally see the top of the mountain.