Tuesday 24th April 2012

Somebody asked me for my thoughts on Saturday's game not long after it had finished and I couldn't help but describe it as a 'One-nil without the One'! As confusing as that sounds that is exactly how I felt coming away from the game.

Although pretty much totally different to our previous home game against Wigan the one similarity for me was how they were both extremely difficult to analyse either positively or negatively.

Two home wins would have seen us all but there in the race for third place but it wasn't to be. Two of the other three also dropping points however, still leaves us in pole position with three to go.

We looked solid at the back against Chelsea but our visitors’ somewhat surprising defensive approach also made it extremely difficult to get that all-important goal. I say 'surprising' of course because a win was arguably more crucial for them than us given the two teams' league positions before a ball was kicked.

Without being at our very best going forward however, we did still create numerous chances through the game. Laurent and RVP both struck the woodwork and the latter also saw at least three good opportunities come his way.

That alone is where my description in my opening thoughts came from. I felt we did enough to get a goal on the day and the way the game progressed I also think it would have been enough to take all three points.

The final straight sees us first visit the Potteries to play a fixture that is always tough for every visiting team. With effort, desire, sharpness and that little bit of luck on the day, there is no reason why we don't have a great chance of coming away with three points.

I will finish today offering my and every true Gooner's congratulations to our captain on picking up the two biggest individual accolades football in this country has to offer.

We have all watched your career develop Robin and us Gooners especially recognise your talent, dedication and desire to be up there among the best. We also know the only reason you have not enjoyed these kind of heights before is due to your cruel luck with injuries.

Robin, you know like all of us in this together, once a Gooner, always a Gooner.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

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25 Apr 2012