Entertaining yet disappointing. Referee Chris Kavanagh has come in for a tremendous amount of criticism but, he’s not a cheat, his watch wasn't dodgy and the pinch points and pivotal moments can be debated.
But the bottom line is, the Albion lost and hitting the woodwork means it wasn’t going in. On a positive note, it was another good performance, and for older readers, let’s go back 25 years to the penultimate season at the Goldstone when the the club wracked in a civil war.
Had anyone said back then in 2020 we’d be playing Manchester United in the Premier League, the men in white coats would have been due to turn up.
That said when the dust settled, three things became apparent.
1. The Albion need a striker, not a project for the Under-23’s but player who will come straight into the first team picture. At time of going to press a number of names are being bandied around, the latest Swiss sensation Andi Zeqiri.
Whilst I appreciate he won’t hit the ground running quite like Tariq Lamptey, but after a bedding in period he needs to be what the Albion need now, not as previously stated a development project.
2. Solly March loves playing behind closed doors, fortunately for the fans this won’t always be the case, so hopefully Solly’s confidence will grow and it won’t be an issue when the Amex reopens.
Either that, or remembering the ‘Alan Devonshire Ankle Protectors’ from the 1970’s, actually made by Solport in Goring, perhaps Solly could bring out customised ‘Ear Defender’ not just in Blue and White but all different colours, for players who prefer to play in silence.
3. Despite only three points out of a possible nine, all the signs are encouraging. ‘Potterball’ didn’t happen overnight, and has had more than one bump in the road.
At times I wasn’t convinced Graham was the right man for the job, but I think I was wrong.
All the signs point to the most successful season in the club history with the highest ever league position achieved. Unfortunately none of us will get to see it live, as I firmly believe, unless things drastically change Pandemic wise, it’s going to August 2021 before we all retake our seats at the Amex.
Collectively we’ve all waited 119 years for this campaign, but we will only get to see it on a TV screen.
And so on to this weekend and the visit to Everton, who have come straight of the blocks with a perfect nine points.
A change in broadcasting rules sees a 3pm kick off being broadcast on BT Sport, clearly there is no easy game in top flight, but from what we’ve seen in the previous three games the Albion will travel to Goodison Park with a degree of confidence.
Sooner or later the Everton 100 per cent record has to go, so I’m going for a 2-2 draw.
Another side with three league wins out of three is Worthing FC.
Unfortunately due to issues over the all weather pitch at Woodside Road, they have all been on the road, which in itself is even more impressive.
As I understand a solution to the ongoing issue is very close to fruition and then the Rebels/Mackrell Men (depending on how old you are) can back to playing a home in front of at least 500/600 fans due to social distancing.