It speaks volumes about your performance when the opposition goalkeeper gets the Man of the Match award.
Sometimes it means the ‘keeper has stopped you from steamrolling the opposition for four or five. On other occasions it means the ‘keeper has earned his side a draw.
But on a few occasions, it means while your team has been banging at the door, their ‘keeper has kept you at bay as his teammates perform a smash and grab – and that’s exactly what Nick Pope and Burnley did today.Embed from Getty Images
While Jay Rodriguez’s winner edged Burnley closer to a Europa League spot, we really were left to rue a host of missed chances.
These included Michail Antonio striking the post when clean through in the first half and Pope then turning substitute Sebastien Haller’s effort wide with his studs. All in all, we had 22 shots but only managed five on target.
But look, our visit to Norwich on Saturday could not only boost our own survival hopes but also relegate Norwich. Ultimately, our destiny is in our own hands with home games against relegation rivals Watford and Aston Villa either side of a trip to Manchester United also still to come.
But we will watch on a little less comfortably when Bournemouth and Villa look to close the gap in their games in hand on Thursday.
“Frustration is probably the word I would use more than anything, the missed opportunities. I am disappointed that we didn’t take something from the game because I feel we warranted something. I thought today was a must-win, I thought Newcastle was too, Chelsea we had to do the best we can and we did. We have been in that situation for a while. In fact, probably since I took over.”David Moyes