Last night saw us drop two points to a side placed 18 league positions below us, but let’s be honest – it isn’t the end of the world.
The obvious conclusion to be made is that these dropped points make the tie against Arsenal on Sunday all the more important, but in reality three points has always been the only satisfactory outcome in five days’ time.
It isn’t ideal that we were firing blanks on a day when we could have opened up a four point lead on Man. Utd., but they are yet to falter this year – unfortunately neither are they likely to do so this weekend against Pompey.
You can’t help but think had this tie hadn’t been called off in early January the outcome may very well have been in our favour.
So why should we be cheerful?
Take one look at the Premier League table and we are sitting pretty with a two point advantage with the second highest goal tally and the joint second stingiest defence in the league.
The previous four league games leading up to last night’s fixture saw us tally up 14 goals whilst only letting in an average of one per game. Not to mention taking all 12 points.
Didier Drogba is back. And fit. And scoring. Our Ivorian talisman has come back injury free and with his 15th league goal within 40 minutes of his return – leaving him five goals shy of his highest goal haul in the league when he scored 20 in the 06/07 season.
We still have Michael Essien to come back from injury.
Liverpool are fifth, out of both domestic cups and playing in the Europa League.
Rooney hasn’t had a blip. Or a pre-World Cup metatarsal related injury.
So what I’m trying to say is - you can’t win them all. The chasing pack will drop points too.
Let’s just hope Arsenal drop all three on Sunday afternoon.