Agreed TightOldPomfretian. Satisfied is the maximum from the trip. At the outset I stated on here that I wasn't interested in results so much as manner of performance. Some areas of that have been pleasing, particulalrly the apparent spirit with which this group plays. Couple of disappointments largely around discipline, an old problem creeping back, and defensive lapses,though these lapses were of an individual nature mostly not a failing of defensive system.
I think we made some improvements in attacking areas i.e we did attack with ball in hand on occasion. I would like to see us further advanced in this area, but not too alarmed yet. There are still large proportions of our attack that look ponderous, simply shifting ball to
Manu and expecting him to run through walls (he might occasionally, but not really a game winning plan). Or aimless kicks, an issue that was not wholly removed with the exclusion of Farrell, though he was/is the worst offender. What makes our lack of dynamism worse, for me, is that on the few occasions where we do put pace on the ball and good lines on our running, we actually look quite good at it.
AI's should be interesting, and whilst, for me, the emphasis should still be on performance rather than results, we should be looking to getting a more wins than losses at home, despite a tough schedule.
We are the angry mob. We read the papers every day. We like who we like, we hate who we hate, but we're also easily swayed.