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As usual Des, you make a decent point but I think you arent putting enough
emphasis on the fact that these were tough games, AWAY from home.
Anfield, Stamford and Goodison are very hard places to go.

If we had lost these leads at home (even against these teams) then I would
whole heartedly agree with you. But scoring these early goals hasnt helped us
really. We have backed off when in front but thats only natural, especially in
these tough games away from home.

We have to remember that during this time we have had players trying to get fit
or others that were injured.
They were Berba's first few games and Ron had just comne back from injury.
These are our big players and they werent quite ready.

Also, going 1 up at SB and Anfield is decent. We cant just expect to be going 2/3/4
up each game, especially there.

We are in a decent position in the league with the easier games to come in the new year.
I dont think we have much to worry about.
 

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desmondo said:
Another side issue here is the inability to be clinical and provide that killer strike. During all these games I mentioned I'm watching it (at 1-0) thinking "come on lads , step it up and kill them off while you have the chance". To me it's like watching a great boxer who strikes a blow watches his opponent stumble but then doesn't think to hit him again hard after he gets up.
Good analogy Des. I see your point and you are right.
I just think its the players natural reaction to 'sit' on a lead.
Thats how my team plays its football as well as most teams out there. ;)
Sometimes we get the 2nd goal and sometimes we dont.
Ya need the bit of luck too. I see your point although I wouldnt consider it a 'major' problem.
We cant win every game.
 

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Cant argue with any of that Des (for a change) ;-)
Top post!

Only thing Ill add is that we now have the tough games out of the way.
We have played Fratton Park, Goodison, Anfield and SB all done and dusted for the season.
If we started sitting on 1-0 leads when we play this lot at OT then Id be really worried.
 

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Im not sure this is the right thread to bring this up but since everyone else is,
Ill fire ahead. Goal difference is NOT that important imo. I think the league has
only come down to GD only a handful of times. Obviously its nice to have the
extra cushion of the 'point' but its rarely needed if we are being honest.
Just cos we havent scored more goals than Chelsea doesnt mean we arent
going well. Too many people seemed p1ssed off with yesterday's result. We won ffs.
GD rant over.
 

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spellbound said:
I agree with you Jazz but dont you think it would have been a different champion if Chelsea had been the team with the better goal difference before the last game last season?

Priority is to win the games and by winning the game the goal difference will look good in the newspapers too.
Who knows? We won by 2 points in the end so I guess it didnt matter in the end.
Lots of goals does look great (who doesnt love tons of goals?)
but points are far more important. Even if we won every game this season
4-3 we would win the league and we would have to be happy with that.
 

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moondog said:
??????????? :confused:

Jazz, you could argue with some conviction that goal difference actually won us the league last year.

I was watching both the United and chelski games (as you may have been) on the final Sunday last year - once we went up 0-2 (with Chelski was winning at the time) it was obvious as the news went around the bridge that United would win the title. The chelski players basically stopped trying and allowed Bolton to tie the score in injury time.

There are your two points.

GD is especially important psychologically when you are coming from behind.
Ok Id agree to some extent that GD is important, but not how most of you are making out.
Its NOT the be all and end all. Yes its nice to score loads and have a great GD,
but its the points on the table that matter the most. Thats the point Im trying to make.
 
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