Paul Dummett returned to the team on Saturday at Villa Park after having been rested on Tuesday night in the good 2-0 win against Wolves in the EFL Cup when Achraf Lazaar made his debut.
We threw away 2 points on Saturday but in those six minutes of stoppage time it could even have ended up that we threw all 3 points away – but we came away with the draw.
But it was a huge disappointment to concede a minute or so before the end of normal time.
Paul Dummett applauds fans after the game on Saturday
Local lad Paul Dummett is trying to stay as philosophical as possible and says we need to get ready for the big game against Norwich City on Wednesday night.
This is what Paul had to say in the Chronicle today:
“That’s football, we had a lot of chances and we only have ourselves to blame.”
“We didn’t finish the chances we had and in the end getting a point was disappointing, but we know we could have got nothing.”
“It’s a lesson for us. When we get chances we need to take them and put the game to bed.” “It’s two points dropped, but we have to stay positive as there is another game on Wednesday.”
“We can’t be too down about the result, we need to take the positives and move on to Norwich.” “In the first half, we had chances and a couple in the second.”
“We didn’t play the way we could, but still created opportunities.” “No matter how much possession you have doesn’t matter, it’s about scoring goals and that’s the aim of the game.”
“It has to be the main priority.”
“We dusted ourselves down and prepared for Norwich.” “It could have been worse at Villa but we take the positives and move on.”
“It’s another tough game against a side that were relegated.” “They are expecting to be up there at the end of the season.”
“We know it will be a tough game as they are top of the league.”
Norwich’s last visit to St. James’ Park was on Sunday, October 18th last year and even though we won 6-2, it wasn’t easy and we scored the last three goals unanswered over the last 24 minutes of the game.
Up until that time it was anybody’s game.
It was a closer game than the result suggests and yes it was our first league win and our 9th league game so bad was the start to last season.
That first win came a week after the 6-1 disgrace at the Etihad Stadium.
After the game we had 6 points from 9 games, a goal difference of -5 and above only Sunderland and Aston Villa in the league table.
We would settle for a 6-2 win again on Wednesday night against the league leaders, but we’re sure Rafa would not be too pleased with conceding two goals.
This will be a close game.