We commenced November with a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester Utd. Despite Jeremiah St. Juste conceding possession that led to us falling behind, Lewis Cook was outstanding in midfield and Dominic Solanke equalised to make it two goals in two games for the rejuvenated frontman.
St. Juste should’ve scored his first goal for the club at Newcastle United but dragged his shot wide. Having travelled from one end of the country to the other however, at least we claimed a point for the 0-0 snoozefest.
At home to Arsenal we made it four draws in a row with Dan Gosling finishing an excellent move involving Solanke and Moses Simon. The result (1-1) meant that we were unbeaten in nine matches but we couldn’t make it ten when up Manchester City. We were a little off the pace in Lancashire but where the first-half injury time that Bernardo Silva scored in came from remains unclear. Marcus Ingvartsen did at least score a consolation goal, his first in English football.
At home to Huddersfield Town should’ve been a great opportunity to get back to winning ways but a confidence shorn Giovanni Simeone missed two guilt edge chances. Then against Liverpool we fell behind when goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could possibly have done better, the only blight on an excellent season for the Bosnian so far. In-form Lewis Cook equalised but Dominic Solanke really should’ve won us the match against his former employers.
We soon got back to winning ways, producing our most comprehensive victory of the season by beating Wolves 3-0 in their own backyard. The insatiable Cook scored the first, Jordon Ibe registered his first goal of the season and Solanke ended a little drought via the penalty spot. Unfortunately we then got trounced by the same score line in our own backyard by Brighton. The Seagulls thoroughly deserved their 3-0 win in what was by far our worst display of the campaign. Having lost only one of our previous thirteen matches it was a shame to lose two on the trot around Christmas. We actually took the lead away to Tottenham Hotspur with Simeone finally opening his account. Son Heung-Min levelled immediately however and we went on to lose 2-1 when we really should’ve done better.
At the halfway stage of the campaign (Played 19) we sit in 16th place with 20 points. Josh King is our top scorer with four goals but has gone of the boil recently. New signings Moses Simon, Jorge Mere and Jeremiah St. Juste are first team regulars whilst Simeone and Ingvartsen have started to make an impression. Youngster Matty Cash has struggled to make an impact when given the opportunity though. Competition for places across the midfield is intense and though we have decent depth to our squad will seek to recruit a couple of additions during the January transfer window. First though, it’s a trip to Old Trafford!