Thursday 3rd November 2011
Although I left the ground feeling slightly disappointed that we didn't win on Tuesday night, my overriding thought was how much the game had emphasised what a fine and incredibly important win it was out in France a couple of weeks earlier.
As is the way with many, the immediate response to that view is that Marseilles didn't play very well in the first game. It might just have been that we got our tactics spot-on and were the better team on the night!
Marseille definitely impressed more this time round but two teams make up an overall match and maybe we didn't play quite as well on Tuesday night.
Taking the positives, we kept a clean sheet meaning we have taken four points out of our two games against them, definitely a haul I would have taken before a ball was kicked.
In a game of few chances we created the better ones, Rambo (twice) and Gerv both going close in the first half and RVP not taking his opportunity in the second.
Overall however, we probably didn't do enough on the night to deserve the three points, meaning that although it’s very much still in our own hands, qualification to the knockout stages remains in the balance.
Not a game that will live long in the memory, emphasising just how much football changes from game to game, with our previous outing being up there among the greatest.
Before we go into the next international break we entertain West Brom in a game we must win to end a quite excellent period in three different competitions.
The Baggies not only came and won last year but deserved to on the day. If that doesn't serve as a warning that this is yet another big game where we will have to be at our best, then nothing will.
Come on you mighty reds!
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