I still want to look on the bright side...
Roy is still a new manager. Rafa had had 6 years - including 6 years of Gerrard (aged 23 to 29) for no money.
Remember, this season has gone like this:
3 of the 5 defeats were against Man City away, Man Utd away and Everton away (and you could call Northampton a draw). And - just to clutch at another straw! - Torres got injured after 9 minutes against Blackpool.
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Statistics are wonderful, you can always choose them to suit yourself, as you say Rafa had 6 years, so why choose his worst year to back up your argument defending Roy, I bet if you chose his best year them stats would look different, you did exactly the same with the 11 game debacle when you picked out Rafas worst runs of games. I like to look at the wider picture, and use a broader spectrum of like statistics, not handpicked ones that you always seem to use, maybe this will give a better insight into the type of football we're playing at the moment, up to now in 12 league games this season we have yet to score more than 2 goals in any league game, how many times has this happened before?
Here's a list of the amount of times we scored more than 2 goals in our opening 12 league games in the 10 seasons before this one.
10/11 0 Times - (Total Goals 13)
09/10 5 Times - (Total Goals 27)
08/09 3 Times - (Total Goals 19)
07/08 1 Time - (Total Goals 19)
06/07 2 Times - (Total Goals 16)
05/06 1 Time - (Total Goals 13)
04/05 4 Times - (Total Goals 20)
03/04 3 Times - (Total Goals 18)
02/03 3 Times - (Total Goals 25)
01/02 3 Times - (Total Goals 22)
00/01 6 Times - (Total Goals 23)
The only comparable season to this one for goals scored is 05/06 but that season we did have 22 points from 6 wins and 4 draws.
Once again Roy is bottom of the class when you compare like statistics over a period of years (and not just Rafa's worst periods).
Ganted results may have gotten better but it was from a pretty bad start that they have, they could hardly have gotten worse. Even given the improvement we're still at our lowest goals and points tally after the first 12 games in the last 11 years. Added to this the type of football we're playing is horrible to watch. I'll ask you this.. Can you see us scoring more than 2 goals in a game anytime soon? personally I can't, although I hope I'm wrong of course.
By the way I think my next lot of stats will be to do with total shots at goal in 12 games, average possesion in 12 games, but unlike you I'll take them over a peiod of years and not hand pick them, I'd wager money Roy will come bottom of the class again.