It was always going to be a difficult game despite us being second in the division and the Hammers bottom, it was never going to be as straight-forward as the table suggested, and that’s how it proved.
It was a very end-to-end game, we got in front twice but gave away two sloppy goals as far as we were concerned. But we showed great character, kept plugging away and although the game could have gone either way, we finally got the reward with a late winner.
It was lovely to see Anthony Gardner pop up and not exactly score the goal but have a shot from 25 yards! As they say if you don’t buy a ticket, you won’t win the raffle and if you don’t shoot, you won’t score — but that’s exactly what Anthony did, he gave it a go and we won the match.
It might not have been the best shot — a few of the lads were having a laugh afterwards saying his effort was aiming for the corner flag before it took the deflection — but we got the luck of the draw that day as the ball span past David James and we claimed the points.
That in turn took us to Old Trafford with a lot of confidence and I believe that if you’re going to get a result up there, you need that spirit in the camp. Even though we were depleted by injuries all over the pitch, it was great to travel up with a confident team.
They only beat us by a penalty in the end and it was a tight game, tighter than you might expect going to United. We really gave it a go and if we’d had the rub of the green on that occasion, maybe we could have come away with a result.
So, at the time of writing, we’re still fourth in the league and it’s an excellent start but we have to build on that now. We’ve got a lot of tough games coming up over the next few weeks and we have to make sure we keep that run going.
Obviously, we’ve got five or six first team regulars still on the sidelines and that can only hold us in good stead for when they all return to action and hopefully we can soon start dominating games the way we did in the early part of last season.
As you probably saw on Saturday, when I was substituted against United I veered towards the wrong bench. I was disappointed to come off and my error was just a natural reaction, because having been taken off by Alex Ferguson so many times when I was at Old Trafford, I just assumed I was back in United’s colours again!
Maybe I was trying to take my anger out on Sir Alex in a psychological way!
Anyway, enjoy the game this afternoon and let’s work together to get back on the winning track.
First of all, what a great result it was against West Ham two weeks ago.