Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Writing my thoughts from bed is not something I have done many times before and is certainly not something I intend to make a habit of!
After a heavy first night in the German city of Bochum this is how you find me this morning, nursing the aftermath of such a night and also looking back to our disappointing day in Manchester.
Even though we don't like it as fans, bad days and defeats are part and parcel of football so this is not the first and certainly won't be the last time I have to write in such a situation.
A lunchtime kick-off in the north of England dictates an extremely early start for those Gooners based in the south but with one of my best mates 'treating' his other half to a night out in Manchester for her birthday (he's so thoughtful that boy!), checking into our hotel in plenty of time to enjoy some pre-match refreshment had us relaxed and ready for our latest encounter with the Red Devils.
We all knew it was going to be a tough game and taking home a point would have been a satisfying haul from the day. For me you need three things when you go to Old Trafford. You need to play well of course, you need a little bit of luck on your side and it is crucial to limit our hosts to as few chances as possible.
By keeping the ball that can be achieved and at some stage I am always confident we will create one or two openings.
The problem for me on Saturday was we simply handed them the lead on a plate. A crucial mistake and desperately disappointing for all of us.
Overall, we didn't play well on the day and deserved to get beaten but when even in performances like that you only lose by one goal, it proves how crucial mistakes can be.
Once again our support was magnificent, even on a bad day, and that pride is something of which we can rightly be proud.
Our travelling fans now descend on Germany and tonight's tough game at Schalke. My second visit to this ground and a game that once again can go either way.
For now I am going to get out of my sack and join our travelling Gooner party to enjoy the pleasures matchday throws up.
Come on you mighty Gooners.
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