You could argue that having been 2-0 up that today represented 2 points dropped - but credit where credit is due the overall performance was much improved on the last five games
AN when asked why we didn't try and look after the lead with a change in tactics
'we sink deeper & they just hit Carroll in the air'
'Whenever we have retreated we tend to concede. I wanted us to stay on the front foot.'
Fair enough, and I admire the attacking intentions, with Ruddy back and Timm Klose looking settled the defence seemed a lot stronger, but I still remain concerned about the ongoing selection of Basson over Ryan Bennett, and equally the same debate about Martin versus Pinto at right back - you have to worry about our scouting prowess if we have decided after two games he isn't good enough despite spending £3m on him.
The fact remains that both Martin and Bassong were caught badly out of position for both goals yesterday, Martin just lacked pace on both occasions and Bassong was no where to be seen when the ball came into the middle.
With O'Neil and Howson in the centre the core of the midfield looked much better balanced, and the threat of Hoolahan and Naismith in front of them looked good throughout, just lacking the poise and confidence to make the most of the promising positions they repeatedly found themselves in
Despite the dissapointment of the dropped points I'm feeling more confident than I did a week ago, and with Newcastle losing 5-1 at Stamford Bridge we find ourselves out of the drop zone for now.