Sometimes you look at a game like this and you curse the two points lost, but in this case, it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t a solid point earned. We’re going to have games like that this year and we’re going to have to learn how to puncture our way through blockades of bodies set up to stifle our movement through the middle.
My major concern about today outside not beating a team slated for relegation, was how average our movement off the ball was without Santi Cazorla in the side. Last season, it would be hard not to apportion a chunk of our failure down to the injury of the diminutive Spaniard… this year, it looks like we’ve staked a lot on his fitness again. We looked slow in possession without his deft touches and smart movement and ultimately, our whole game suffered as a result.