Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nice way to start the season!

There were a LOT of positives to take away for the performance at St James Park today.  A few of the important ones (in no particular order):

  1. Great defensive performances by Komany and Fernando
  2. Silva scoring the first goal of the season (just like he did last year, against the same team!)
  3. Aguero getting back to his scoring ways.
  4. I liked that Aguero got 10 minutes.  After the injuries he had last year, he needs some rest and some playing time to get fit.  Let's not rush him back.
  5. A monster performance by Edin Dzeko, who was channeling his inner Silva.  If you want to clone a player, it's Silva!  and I hope Dzeko keeps it up.
  6. Beautiful passing by Yaya and Dzeko on the first goal
  7. Great patience with the ball
  8. Great resilience against a Newcastle side that showed great poise in attack in the last 15 minutes.
  9. We (so far) are the only team to go up by two goals, putting us at the top of the table!
While Newcastle didn't have a shot on net, it was because they didn't take advantage of some good opportunities and put the ball over and wide.  Some slick finishing could have had the match turn out differently.

It's going to be a tough season with several teams fighting for the top four spots.  Let the games begin!