NUFC v Stoke After Thoughts
The dust has settled on a hard but well deserved win at the weekend. A win that sees momentum gather in our quest to get points on the board as quick as we can.
The signs were there on Saturday morning with me finding a 5p piece under my seat in Sergeant Peppers in that it's supposed to be luck all day long but the win was anything but.
Casting aside yet another poor referee who seemed to favour anyone but those wearing the black and white stripes as per usual, the luck was in for Stuart Atwell in that we won as he would have featured highly in the misery stakes if we didn't
As it was, we cast aside Stoke pretty impressively for a side that is supposedly around the area that we want to finish in the next season or two. Maybe the old premier league lesson of putting away your chances is still king but I think you'll find it hard to find anyone that could say we didn't deserve the points.
Joselu probably tried too hard in his efforts to make the scoresheet by missing a pretty clear cut hat-trick of chances.
The likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu could maybe have added another to their goal each with Lascelles missing a first half header and Atsu maybe delaying a shot too long before being brought down in the box.
The 'experts' may say the ball was won but with minimal to no contact on the ball and a tackle from behind, these things are supposed to have been clamped down on but the win disguises this.
With Atsu getting the first before it was cancelled out by the diving Shaquiri undeservedly, it was up to last week's match winner in Lascelles to let lightning strike twice with his second winner of the week from a corner. Happy days.
Rafa Benitez isn't interested in the league table and there is a massive element of truth in the falsity in it by us being 4th but if we were in the bottom 3 then it would be doom and gloom so there's nothing wrong with people enjoying where we are temporarily. Just got to make sure we don't get carried away and keep the eyes on the first task which is survival.
We'll take this one game at a time and Rafa wont let anything but cloud the judgement.