David Moyes is clearly feeling relieved after seeing his squad lose just one game in the last seven following the draw against Chelsea.
The previous week’s draw at Newcastle and victory over Everton may not have done much in terms of league position but confidence is rising and we remain in the FA Cup with a trip to Manchester United in the offing.
The match at Spurs may turn out to the toughest of the latest three but after that comes Nottingham Forest followed, however, by Premier League gams against bogey team Brighton, away, Villa at home an Man City away.
Nothing like the most comfortable run but the manager know exactly how important it is to keep things going,
Injuries continue to threaten our progress but hopefully those which have affected Nayef Aguerd and Lucas Paqueta won’t turn out to be serious.
Speaking after the game against the Blues Moyes said: ” We need to keep picking up points.
Three points is what we need really and I thought with the one at the end [Souček’s goal which was ruled out following a VAR check for offside], maybe it’s our day, we’re nicking one late on and maybe winning a game which didn’t look like it, but unfortunately it’s ruled out.
I’ve not seen the medical team yet, so I couldn’t tell you what either Paquetá or Nayef Aguerd got.
But, look, we can’t afford any more injuries, that’s for sure. Certainly not at centre-half, where we’re down to the bare bones and we’re needing them all fit with the games we’ve got coming up.
We’ve got to hope they’re okay.
Looking at the remaining fixtures – we have to be favourites with Saints and Bournemouth to get relegated. The team needs an atmosphere at the ground but we’ve all been ground down by the boring football that Moyes promotes. The good news is…. hmm you’ll have to let me think about that.
Does Moyes ever listen to himself? We need three points – yes Dave so why with a back five do you bring on Soucek for Paqueta, to control midfield? Soucek is awful at ball control and passing, a statistical fact. Then later, needing a win, he brought on Downes as well. Back five plus three DCM. No wonder we struggled to get into their half. We should be grateful for the draw, we were lucky. That is not a strategy.
His decision to bring on Soucek and take away any midfield creativity is damming in itself. The natural replacement for Soucek was Fornals. Then to bring on Downes and take off Benrahma. I doubt he has any respect for the club or fans when he destroys the very thing we have been brought up, after all we are the academy of football. He has no future at the club and the sooner he goes the quicker we can move forward.