Bring On InterBy: Robert Reed | February 21st, 2013
Well, I never had a doubt; did you?
OK, I was all about the doubt by the 90th minute. I was already consoling myself that we could now concentrate solely on the league; that it was for the best as Arsenal are as good as out of Europe etc (I could have a point there), but who would have thunk it?
Dembele’s goal was a peach and all that we deserved. Lyon played very negatively and it was the ‘Rosbifs’ who deserved to go through. We were the better team, justice was served. Even the fourth minute of extra time was deserved as we took the royal piss with the throw in just before that, with Ekotto doing an old man in the park at 6am style speed walk half the length of the pitch.
This was a game in which Bale didn’t exactly shine, but luckily another midfielder took on the goalscoring responsibility. Holtby, the best player on the pitch in the first half, almost added one of his own also.
The problem though is that our centre forward at no time looked like he was in any danger of putting the ball in the net. Adebayor jumped around a lot, and admittedly put in a great cross for Bale to nearly score, but too often had that sloping shouldered look of someone not giving 100%. In the build up to the game I must admit that it didn’t even cross my mind that Ade would find the net.
If we are going to progress against Inter Milan (get ready for the Gareth Bale hype before that one) we are going to have to get at least one of our forwards performing. We have some great midfielders, but they cannot be expected to carry the goalscoring responsibility alone.
That said, this is no time to mope. This turned out to be a very good away performance, and I was as elated as AVB looked at the end. We have some flaws in our squad this season for sure, but we seem to have a manager who makes the difference.
So, next away trip is Milan. If you are going to that match then have fun but, if you want my advice, pick a pub with a big back door!
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