The more I hear about the reactions of folk in the media to what (almost haha) happened on Saturday the more I am delighted by that last minute winner.
Because it not only secured three points for us but it robbed them of an opportunity to undermine our manager.
The idiots would have been out in force trying to second guess him and what’s “gone wrong” with his team.
Well, here’s the answer.
Sometimes teams just go through a spell like this. It happens to all of them. The greatest football side I’ve watched in my lifetime was Guardiola’s Barcelona, in their pomp. They had the single best player who has ever played the game in their team and they were a star-studded collection of European and World champions.
They did not win every game. They went through sticky spells where even they looked ordinary. Nobody suggested that those spells represented a crisis or that their manager had “questions to answer.” Yet after a game we’ve won that was the charge laid at the door of Ange Postecoglou by one hack in particular on Saturday.
No prizes for guessing who.
The substitutions were questionable, he said.
Yes. Presumably even the one which brought on James McCarthy, the guy who played such an active role in assisting with the winner.
The best decision of the whole day was also the player Ange didn’t decide to bring off, Giorgios Giakoumakis, who most of the hacks said hadn’t been at the races.
Every one of them would have questioned that decision but for that last minute winner. And every one of them would have been wrong to do so, even if he hadn’t scored. He is the best penalty box footballer in this country. No other player in the league would have got on the end of that ball under that much pressure with so little left in the game.
You ever get the impression that maybe our manager knows a thing or two that these hapless idiots don’t? You ever think they must realise one day what they sound like when they act this way?
Because, honestly, it is sometimes painful to listen to it.
Who are any of these people to question Ange and his knowledge of the game?
Their job as pundits is to enlighten their listeners and viewers and readers with insight, but how much insight can you get from these fools who don’t even know as much as the average guy in the pub?
The arrogance to suggest that the manager has questions to answer … the manager they had written off early last season before he even had his boxes unpacked and his office set up, and who won the league from a standing start … it’s mind-blowing.
Ange has to answer to only two groups of people; the fans and the board.
He is the title winning boss, and with a very few exceptions he has gotten the big decisions absolutely spot on. Even the parts of his strategy that I was sure, early on, had to be flawed have proved to be exactly right.
It is a joke that these people think they can second guess him.
It is the job of these people to report on the facts and they are perfectly entitled to debate decisions and discuss incidents and outcomes … but it burns me when they think they have a divine right to answers about things they do not understand.
Keevins and others this weekend were shown up by Ange.
The choices he made led to the victory.
The attitude and belief he instilled in this team got them over the line.
If we had drawn the game they were welcome to sharpen their pencils to their hearts content and talk trash; it would have burned them long before the season finished.
But to start questioning him over a match where we took three points and where his key choices were essentially vindicated?
It says more about their giant egos than Ange Postecoglou’s skillset.
They have some balls. How dare they.