Monday 5th March 2012
Way back in August I remember walking away from our home defeat by Liverpool not disappointed by the way we had played but frustrated at one or two incidents and ultimately an undeserved defeat.
Saturday for me felt a little bit like the tables had turned.
Last week's thrashing of Spurs certainly had us heading up to the North West with more confidence but in any season away at Anfield is always an extremely tough fixture. For that reason alone our travelling party all agreed we wouldn't be disappointed if we came home with a point.
The weather on the journey up hadn't been great but, having enjoyed our pre-match fare, early-Spring sunshine added to the quite buoyant mood among the travelling Gooners.
Up until the penalty incident there wasn't really an awful lot happening in the game and having seen the TV replays Chezz's fine double save saw justice prevail.
For the remainder of the half, however, we rode our luck a little, Laurent's unfortunate own goal being cancelled out by RVP's thumping header from Bac's superb cross, a massive plus to take into half time considering how well our hosts had played.
On chances the second half was much more even with Chezz having very little to do compared to his first-half heroics. The longer the game went on in fact the more we looked likely to be in with a chance of nicking it.
If a winner is to come there is no better time than late in the game, a combination of RVP's great movement, Songy's pinpoint pass and the former's quite awesome finish sending one corner of Anfield completely doolally.
As we untangled our arms and legs from the quite crazy jostle that had ensued we realised the injury time brought on by Mikel's unfortunate knock earlier in the game was lengthy and potentially agonising.
The final whistle blew after seeing it out relatively comfortably and a simply massive three points were in the bag. A top, top away day.
Every team immediately around us in the league table dropped points at the weekend too, so that’s an excellent way to go into our second leg against Milan, however unlikely our chances of progressing.
Of course, it is only half time. Looking at the scoreline after 35 minutes at home to Spurs last week proves anything is possible.
We go into the game on the back of two fantastic results. We can only do our bit and go to the game with hope.
Come on you mighty reds.
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