It’s been tricky to sum up how I feel about the defeat to Leicester City on Monday night. It’s always disappointing to lose any game, but some context helped ease any frustration. The Foxes are clearly a very good side, we missed some key players and we are still in our infancy as far as being a Premier League outfit.
So all in all, ‘frustrated but still upbeat’ was my final conclusion. You hear professional athletes talk about lessons learned after defeats.
Stuart Dallas had immediately turned his attentions to Crystal Palace just minutes after full time.
He knew exactly why they had lost and that the ruthlessness of the top flight is unforgiving.
Just ask Aston Villa! We arrived at Villa Park like a hurricane; the home side had no idea what hit them and we probably should have won by more goals. That and other performances this season are what gives us all heart and we know results like the Leicester one will come.
Bumps in the road, but we’re on the right track with the perfect driver in Mr Bielsa.
It’s hard to know how the season is going to settle down, if it all.
Looking at other teams’ results and the table, it’s clear consistency is proving difficult but it’s certainly keeping it more than interesting for the observers.
I reckon it will take a month or two more before we really gain an idea of where we should be aiming come May.
I’m certainly confident we’ll be looking up and not down and today’s game at Selhurst Park is the kind of match we can win.
The counter attacking approach has and will serve us well on the road this season, as many more teams will find out.
As we have all entered another lockdown it’s been heart warming to witness the work the club continues to do within the community.
The club, players and fans showed their support towards the End Child Poverty movement by raising well over £100,000.
This week the club also helped distribute kits to local football teams, thanks to an initiative from Adidas.
Local clubs from all backgrounds were given the kits, personally packed by Jamie Shackleton, and it’s a great gesture to help those who need it to keep grassroots sport going.
It’s just a shame they’ll have to wait a while to use them, but it demonstrates that during this difficult time, the club hasn’t forgotten the crucial role it plays in the city.