The new BT Sport ads appear to have been deliberately chosen to wind us up by highlighting some of our darkest days from 2013-14. First out of the traps was an ad featuring our 5-1 thrashing by then-flying-high Liverpool, with alternating visions of exuberant Scousers and depressed Gooners, supposedly taking in the events in real time. And BT Sport followed that up with a number based on the worst of all, our 6-0 humiliation at the Bridge.
Some (including our very own Evonne/Eddie) took umbrage and have complained about the bias at BT Sport their choices appear to betray. (Chas even posted something suggesting that the senior marketing bod at BT Sport was a paid-up Spud.)
I understand the feeling, every one of us was horrified to watch those games, plus the 6-3 capitulation to a referee-assisted Man City and the 3-0 slump to Everton. Even the defeat at Old Trafford, although only a single goal, was embarrassing in its own way, given how many lesser teams went there and got one or three points last season. It is painful to see moments such as those again.
But I’m pleased that BT Sport chose to highlight some of our heavy defeats. It is a fact that we were hammered in those games, and it is also a fact that we fell short in the race for the title in large part due to our abject failure to take many points from our top-seven rivals, especially away from home, where our record was a pathetic P6 W1 D0 L5 F5 A21. If we are serious about challenging for the title in the coming season, and right to the end, not just up until March or April, our record against the other top sides simply has to be improved.
Of course, our remarkable consistency last season against sides from the remainder of the league is something to respect, but each one of the five away defeats to rivals that we suffered last season is a reason for revenge. We should be pleased that those defeats are being rammed down our throats now; next season I want to see the players and the fans take those defeats and avenge them with better performances and better results, against those rivals, home and away. To use a footballing cliché, I hope that someone like Steve Bould pins a list of those results to the dressing room wall and challenges the players to find motivation in them.
So I won’t be doing any complaining to BT Sport, in fact I may send them a thank you note.
Written by 26may1989