5 (league) games in and “We’ll Be OK” is one of many three worded statements mixed with confidence and hope that I have heard from fans, players & the manager about our start of the season and what is to come.
I have even said it myself! “It’ll be OK” “We’ll be fine” “It will come” – the tone is consistent from fans leaving the ground after matches or debating on fans forums. “Wins will come” according Ji-Sung Park & Nedium Onouha. We all hope so and I believe they will based on our performances against Chelsea & Spurs.
Chelsea at home was a performance that matched, I hate to say it, the European Champions (Let’s not get into the debate about how they won it!).
Anyway, a team not just unbeaten so far this season but with 3 wins under their belt & in real good form with players full of confidence in Torres & Hazard. Torres was nullified completely by Nelson and Hazard was kept relatively quiet also. Both teams had chances to win it & probably overall a draw was fair.
Unfortunately we have lost 2 of our best performers from that game, Andy Johnson & Jose Bosingwa in the first minute at White Hart Lane. That said Hughes has compiled a strong squad with plenty of cover in all areas of the pitch with several versatile and experienced players.
Onto Spurs, and whatever the result anyone who witnessed the game should be clear that QPR were the better side and deserved at least a point, if not all three. Spurs were not really all that great in the 2nd half, despite what media match reports will say, and we should only take positives from the game.
Another strong performance by Nelson, who I think will do the world of good for Anton Ferdinand, and if he stays fit and has the stamina for 90 min Premier League games could become our real leader on the pitch.
In midfield Faurlin & Granero bossed it, plain and simple. Granero is looking pure class & Faurlin always has been to me. Park & SWP give us plenty going forward but were solid without the ball.
Up front Zamora linked play well again but looked all the better with a striking partner in support alongside him in Hoilett, who gave the home defence plenty of trouble and showed real strength combined with speed throughout. Just a shame he missed that gilt edged chance to equalise.
Yes we really could do with a win against West Ham, but if it doesn’t happen then I hope the odd call for Mark Hughes to go does not multiply and become an issue and story to distract the team.
Hopefully we will see some more of Cisse & Taraabt in the coming weeks too, although they have to up their performances to make the side. I’m expecting us to give someone a hammering in one of the next three games. I’m going for 6/7 points from the next available 9.
Many of us said it last year, “We’ll be ok”, and we were…..just. I don’t think there will be any ‘just’ about it this year.