I've slept on it and still cant believe I'm about to say that the Spuds came to the Emirates and deserved a victory. Arsenal were fortunate to come out of the game with a draw, and Spuds should have been looking at the second leg as a formality. It's hard for me to say these things, but I have to honest about it. The Spuds played with confidence which grew as the game wore on. Arsenal at times, looked nervous. Something that I never expected to happen.
For some reason I always felt as the game ticked down and the Spuds kept missing chances that Arsenal were going to pull something out the hat. We did, courtesy of Theo skillfully chesting a clearance from Lee past the despairing Cerny!! And I must add, what a finish it was from Walcott. The way he took it was class!! Ha HA! From then on I thought that Arsenal would go on to win the game. But almost instantly the Spuds nearly scored with Defoe missing a sitter! It must be his new bird Danielle Lloyd keeping him up all night, or that silly haircut which looked like he'd run over by a push bike!!
At the end of the match, I was relieved to have a draw. Which gives us something to build on for the second leg. I hope in the second leg the players play with no fear and go play their natural game. I think if we play our football then we can go to Shite Hart Lane and claim a victory. We need to have alot more urgency in the second leg and defend better from the off.
I have to say that the Spuds were unlucky to not come away with a famous victory. BUT, I must add that they played well with their strongest side and we had a near reserve playing very poor and still the Spuds cant beat us!! That bodes well for the future and the players will be better for knowing this. I hope in the second leg we are not as flat and use the ball alot better than we did last night.
Keep it Goonerish.