A slightly strange game against Molde, in that we started very cautiously, perhaps because Molde shared the top of the Europa table with us, and yet, in the end we had a pretty comfortable win. How so?
We experienced yet another game where we misfired more that we would want in the attack.
Some of that involved bad luck with the referee ruling out a good goal for Eddie, which VAR, yes that VAR, would probably have given him the thumbs up.
But VAR is not available in the group stages — and will only come into play in the knockout stages — go figure.
But Lady Luck smiled on us with two very nice own goals from Molde. Umm, did I mention that we had gone down 0 : 1 at that stage, after some woeful defending and Leno seeming to have gone to sleep.
Willock, and Pepe put the icing on the cake late in the game and ‘hey presto’ one more win and we will qualify for the knockout stages. Then we get to bring on the kids.
For those who watch every game possible, the improving Joe Willock is very eye catching, and like in our last game, he inspired the team to keep trying harder and… they did. Good lad.
We were frustrated, both the fans and the team by having a lot of pressure on Molde but missing each chance at a goal until the first own goal just before half time. We are still missing a top creative talent in the team, but another own goal made the team relax and the game simply slipped into our hands, with the lads laughing and hugging each other.
We cannot help but be pleased, but we must ensure this ‘second team’ gets going from the off, in the future or laughter could easily become tears.