Thursday 10th May 2012
As disappointed as we all felt walking away from our last home game I couldn't help but feel it was just another incredible game in a season that has been simply full of them.
The high-scoring results have gone both in our favour and against us of course and Saturday was one of those where I walked away full of emotion somewhere between frustration and anger.
We knew a win was vital and we couldn't have made a better start, Yossi's superb curling strike setting us on our way early on.
Our visitors played with the kind of freedom you often see from teams who are comfortably mid-table and totally relaxed and this made them a dangerous opposition on the day.
Although as a team defensively we were poor on the day, everything that could go wrong seemed to.
Most analysis correctly suggests that arguably the Canaries deserved to take something from the game and we didn't play well enough, certainly defensively, to secure all three points.
The following aspects are all factual however, whatever way we look at it.
Chezz has enjoyed a quite superb season, especially for one so young. He will be disappointed at the first goal, a mistake that proves like all goalkeepers, he is in fact human!
Kieran's attempted block for the second meant the ball could have gone anywhere. To loop up and bounce gently into the net was extremely unlucky.
We created so many chances in the second half that it looked like being one of those days. Our patience however, was admirable and it looked to have paid off with RVP's late double.
Even after we somehow allowed our visitors to equalise we saw two or three great chances go begging.
Sitting at the north end of the stadium I had a perfect view of our late penalty shout but even with the various angles TV provide it is extremely difficult to see how or why it wasn't awarded. RVP was about to roll the ball into an empty net when the incident happened, a goal that would have proved absolutely crucial.
There is the argument of course that we shouldn't need an injury-time penalty to win a home against a mid-table team and I completely understand this point of view.
Football dictates however, games don't always go as planned and whether it should be required or not is irrelevant.
We haven't been awarded one penalty at home in the League all season. I'm really not sure what that tells us but it's certainly an incredible fact.
While enjoying a local beer festival's offerings come the Sunday afternoon, news filtered through that results elsewhere had been favourable meaning we head for The Hawthorns knowing a win will clinch that all-important third spot.
In a season full of rollercoaster rides it is time to get on the very last one.
If it’s the slowest and most boring of the 38 and we get the three points it will do me and all us Gooners just fine!
Come on you mighty reds!
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