TIA Youth Team
- Jul 23, 2011
Of course you're right. Football is chaos and the butterfly effect applies. Impossible to say how a game would have turned out had one incident gone the other way.Yes I'm going to do this again. It was 18 mins into the game. If that had been in the 5th minute of 5 additional minutes past 90 they might have a point. If that was scored at 18 minutes, would City have scored less/more than 2 goals? Would Liverpool have scored more than 1 or have scored a reply on 64'?
As with the ridiculous referee decisions article last season, I really struggle to see how supposed professionals can just throw a goal in randomly and think it will neither affect the individual match nor every match after it. Think about the City BHA game on the weekend. City replied a single minute after Brighton scored. Then they scored another soon after. Had Brighton not scored, would the result still have been a 1-4 victory or was it because the home team scored first? Who knows?
Let's just say that the flawed logic of the above BBC article played out as they suggested and it was a draw or win to us. Can we even, lock in every other subsequent win we had in reality as if the added pressure of being true frontrunners with 30 years of history weighing on us made no difference? Impossible to tell. Maybe taking something from the emptyhad would have broken City and they would have dropped more points? It's just guesswork though.
Is all just guesswork that BBC are trying to sell as fact. Locking in another goal in a game played in January and marking it down as fact that not only that game played out exactly the same score-wise, but every other game for both teams across the remainder of the season, is grade-A baloney. Just like the refereeing article last season.
Now if you are clinging onto this article as a coping mechanism to get you through to the CL final that hopefully has a happier ending, then I sincerely apologize for raining on your parade. But that's all this article can and should be used for. To make us feel better about getting pipped by 1 point.
The relevance of the Stones clearance for me is what a psychological blow it was. When it happened I was celebrating it as a goal but when I realised it hadn't gone in my next reaction was that we probably weren't going to win that game and we might not go on to win the league. You can tell me it's irrational and illogical to feel that way and you're completely right but it just seemed unbelievable that it hadn't gone in. 11mms short of crossing the line and the ball is cleared perfectly through the legs of Salah. In such a massive game, where the margins are always going to be tiny between winning, drawing and losing. After going through 29 years without winning the title and quite a long time without winning anything at all these things do get into your head and, for me, the defeat at the Etihad was the most crucial result of the whole season.