We can breathe at last! A great result and on the whole, the best team performance we have seen all season. Grinding out results is what we have been needing to do all season. The good teams grind out results, today was a major step in the right direction.
The 1st half was entertaining, we were fully on top, and should and could of had more than 3 goals. Robinho, Sturridge and SWP all had good chances to get us in front. Elano was majestic, sublime passing and a work rate which we haven't seen for some time. Our defence looked solid. Nedum on the left side of centre along with the extremely competent Bridge who made an impressive debut.
The second half, started with a bit more energy. We got our goal through a great weaving run from Robinho and skillful endeavour from Sturridge. Zabaleta finished with great competence and ability to top off a superb performance. The game was then spoilt by an act of petulance from Richard Dunne, it was such a petty thing to be sent off for, but dunney should know better. Zaki acted disgracefully and should of booked himself for elbowing Dunne.
John Merrrick has complained about the referee Lee Mason today, for not giving his side a penalty when Cattermole dramatically tripple piked in the box. Although Jon ignored the fact that his side were brutal and fouled at every opportunity. Cattermole was lucky to stay on the pitch. The ref even ignored Kirklands professional foul on SWP, which for me deserved as much a red card as Dunne petulant kick. Mason was a disgrace today, as were his assistants. The amount of time the ball had gone out and the linesman allowed play to continue for both sides. He allowed Wigan to get away with everything.
We stuck in today and really showed some character. Robinho worked to the very end as did his compatriot Elano, who simply oozed class today. Our attackers were facilitated by the ever brilliant Kompany and the Brilliant Zabaleta in a defensive midfield role, which he owned today. The team had great balance today. Micah and Dunne playing together on the right was more solid, nedum played his best match for some time and used his great pace. The midfield was solid and allowed SWP, Elano and Robinho create for the tricky Sturridge, who does sometimes try and over complicate things.
We deserved this today, the fans were brilliant and we needed a strong showing from the players. Who knows, our next match could see Kaka in the city blue. I am personally more excited about De jong and a Goalie, thought Hart was the weak link today, he has obvious talent and made a couple of good saves, but he doesn't command his box and wastes too much ball.
Now we can go back to concentrating on transfers again!