The Table Doesn't Lie
As I write this I'm looking at the league table. Earlier in the season we recordeded an epic victory at Old Trafford, United now have 27 points to our 17.
We sit one point ahead of Arsenal and one point behind West Ham. Does this show United are almost twice as good as we are or West Ham are a better team than us or Arsenal? Of course not, what it does show is Ferguson and Allardyce understand how a league competition works and what is required from their teams.
A league works on brutally simple maths, a win at home against QPR is worth the same as a win at Old Trafford, the prizes go to teams that can grind out results regardless of how they are playing. We just don't seem to get that. Over the thirty odd years I've been going to White Hart Lane dropping points against teams we should beat has been the norm, not the exception. Its as if there is something in the club's DNA that abhors organisation and efficiency, relying instead on individual brilliance.
Unfortunately when you are competing against teams that have a lot more cash than you buying success is simply not possible. Whatever you offer a player the other guy can always offer more, you're always getting the left overs. Even producing your own stars has its limitations, as they reach their peak other clubs will start turning their heads with offers we can't match. So if you don't have discipline, organisation and the right attitude you can't win a league.
After every setback we have discussions about individual players, for me more worrying has been looking at the team as a whole. When we have dropped points against opposition we should have beaten easily the team has often looked clueless, seemingly with no gameplan, no idea of what they were trying to do. The attitude has often been negative, on occasions we have taken the lead only to drop off and invite pressure from the other team rather than killing the game off. Its not enough to have good players, you need a good team.
Written by jod