Let’s talk dominance. To me it’s the word of the day.
13 shots on target to 1 in that match. 7 corners to 2. 16 shots overall to two. Our keeper had one real thing to do all day, to keep out a penalty. Which was a poor decision from the ref, by the way. Other than that, this game was a textbook example of one-way traffic.
The scoreline did not do it justice.
That, today, was about as professional a job as you will ever see.
We are a great side.
Even playing against that packed defence today we were way too good.
The Edouard-Griffiths partnership has produced another goal apiece. It’s another win. It’s three points. It’s extending our lead by another two. It’s added two more goals to the plus column, which is now definitely the equal of another point. We have ten league games to go and not to win this title would require a total collapse.
Let’s talks about a more general dominance.
The league lead is now 12 points, and yes Sevco has a game in hand but who would bet on them winning it right now? Who actually cares?
We’d still have a nine-point lead with a stunning twenty goal cushion. We have conceded less than any other side in the league after today. We are nineteen goals ahead of Sevco in the number we’ve scored. We have won 25 games out of 28.
Odsonne Edouard is now eight goals ahead of his closest challenger – it’s Defoe. He’s nine ahead of the Colombian ned. He has five assists as well. Leigh Griffiths has played 773 minutes. He has six goals and three assists in the league. Ryan Kent has played twice as many minutes; he has the same number of goals and no assists. Who is the £7 million player?
Lennon has been back in charge for a year. He has won two domestic trophies, closed out a tough title race and got us through a tough Europa League group and we’re on the brink of the last 16. This title is virtually assured. He currently has a win ratio of 81%.
This is not general dominance; it’s total dominance.
Over in La La Land they are petrified that this was their “last chance to stop the ten” because they are convinced that our board will throw money at the team in the summer to make sure we close the deal. I like the idea, but really … they aren’t seeing it, are they?
The team we currently have, the same one that has played most of our games in this campaign, with no January addition in the starting line-up, is walking away with this, relentlessly winning week on week.
I want us to spend in the summer to tie this up in a big bow.
But even if we did nothing – literally nothing except stayed still – this team is capable of going months without losing.
It’s capable of playing scintillating football when it’s rolling and grinding out the wins when it is not.