Seems we just can't get any breaks at all this season. Admittedly, our finishing has overall been, if not all out bad then at least wasteful. But you would still expect at least _some_ of the random flukes to go our way. I mean... the law of bloody averages would have it that at least a couple of our 30 woodwork hits ought to roll off the right way. But no.
And this game just typified it. Ball cleared off the line twice. Rebounds from their goalie going, uncontrolled, every way but ours. I just knew when the ball came off the crossbar, hit the back of the goalies legs and somehow managed to bounce away from the goal instead of into it, that it was gonna be yet another one of those days. It immediately brought to mind our game against (I think) QPR back in december... when SWP cleared the ball onto the underside of the crossbar, only for the ball to bounce on the line and out. Even own goals won't bounce the right way this season.
Add to that a rather uncharacteristic error from Johnson, and you got the recipe for a fucked up game of football.
As for the manc shite winning this kind of games... they do get an awful lot of help. I don't care whether people choose to call me conspiracy theorist or whatnot, but I'm dead certain that had the match been at the Old Trafford, and that was Rooney or Young going down instead of Maxi, they'd have got the pen. No if's, no but's. The only team I can remember scoring 4 games in two concecutive matches from pens. With those being the only goals. That's the kind of... fortune... we so sorely need when we're struggling like we are now.
As for the game... it was as perfect as it could get for 70 odd minutes... bar, of course, the most important bit. The guys did everything right... except score. Then they seemed to fade. Which, I think, is a rather natural reaction. Part of it might be them having one eye on the cup final. But I think this season is starting to get to them. If it hasn't months ago. The ability to, match after match, dominate the opposition without managing to grind out a result or at least get a lucky bounce for once this season, must be messing with their heads as much as it's messing with ours.
I do find some slight comfort, though, in the presence of some neat and tidy pass and move football. And the creation of chances. Had West Brom had us under the kosh for the majority of the game, I'd be fretting a whole lot more. Truth is, though, not many teams have managed to get one over on us in terms of overall play. It's the inability to take our chances, finish of games and avoid flukey goals against that has done this season in. And that, in my mind at least, is a hell of a lot easier to remedy than had the overall play still been lacking.
Onwards and upwards. And hope that things _do_ indeed even out. Cause if that's true, a win in the final, however flukey, would be on the cards. It's no more than we deserve