By 1970’s Gooner
We have seen it often enough especially at away games. We dominate the game, miss a lot of chances, score and then we think that it will be enough to win the game. This gets dangerous when we score the goal(s) in the first half as we tend to slack off and just try to play a neutral game.
A recent example of course was at Wigan where we came out in the second half thinking that the game was won. It also happened against Tottenham and at Sunderland if you remember.
And I believe the probability of it happening again against Birmingham tomorrow is high. I can see us playing our usual game and scoring. But Birmingham have a good record when coming from behind as they showed against Manchester United and Tottenham.
They have two ingredients that allow them to be successful at this.
The first is that they have players who are gritty and determined, fighting till the last whistle. The second is that they have Zigic who, as he did against Man Utd, can come on the later stages of the game and use his aerial power to good effect.
And we have seen how awful we are defensively in the high ball game.
That is why I am posing the question in the title above. Can we hold out in the last 10 minutes?
We can improve our chances of succeeding in two ways. One is to be ahead by two more goals than the opposition.
The other is to play Djourou.