The fury on the fan forums of our rivals is obviously amusing, and that’s why they are required reading on a day like this. But amidst the anger are some arguments which are simply beyond belief, very similar to the ones Lundstram was making last week.
We are, apparently, a lucky side.
They look at the league table and see two instances this season already where we have scored late to win games. “That is the gap,” they claim. Which is amusing but not true, as the gap would still be three points if we hadn’t gotten those late goals.
“Aaah,” they then say, “that wouldn’t be the case if we had beat you …”
But they didn’t, did they? And that wasn’t even close. We gave them a doing so vicious that a bareknuckle boxing ref would have stopped the fight. They had nothing to challenge us that night and my only frustration looking back is that records could have been broken had we kept the foot on their throat and pummelled them with all we had.
What it amounts to is a blind refusal to accept that we have become a formidable side, and to be honest it takes a really focussed ability to deny reality not to recognise that. They simply will not acknowledge it, not even when the league table is staring them in the face; not just seven points, but that whopping goal difference as well.
Until they wise up and start taking our club seriously they aren’t going to be able to challenge us properly. Their fans continue to deny the harshest reality that there is; that we are top on merit, we are top because we’re a better side.
They have problems over there.
They recognise that their manager is one of them, and that their squad isn’t good enough. But the other side of that equation is how good we are, and that’s the bit that they simply will not – perhaps cannot – get their heads around.