I have absolutely no idea what just happened.
The numbers keep playing in my head: 81% pass completion, 61% possession, 200 more passes than the opposing team. Three goals at home, including a brace from Boyd (I’m totally claiming credit for that, by the way).
And we still lost. Isn’t that something?
There were some fine performances on the pitch tonight. And there were some real stinkers. But I’ll leave that to the experts to break down for you.
Here’s what I saw:
I saw Kosuke Kimura. I saw him come to Jeld-Wen, ready to play. I saw, through misty eyes, his salute to team and TA when he came to the North End pre-match, pounding the badge on his chest. I will never, ever forget that.
I saw a changed team. I saw a team that dominated and took an early lead. I saw a team who let that lead slip away but, instead of giving up, dug in and did everything within their power to get it back.
In the end, their efforts were not rewarded. It was just a weird, weird game.
People are, as expected, having a pretty good go at Gavin. I get it. But I’m not there yet.
If the changes I saw take hold – stronger offense, more heart, perseverance in the face of great adversity – then we’re in for a really fun ride, indeed. And then there’s this: Gavin was a defender. I can’t imagine he’ll let what happened tonight slide.
So, I came out of a 5-3 home defeat not upset, not disappointed (as I just told someone on Twitter, I think this week has sucked all the disappoint out of me), but hopeful.
Hopeful and ready for what’s to come.
Except Kenny Miller to Vancouver. I wasn’t ready for that at all.