Disappointment aside, we all know that this morning’s 2-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix was more about improving match fitness and tinkering with tactics.
I know, we didn’t see much tinkering in the tactics department – Sam sticking to his tried, tested and frankly boring – one up front option, but we can still take some positives from it.
Cresswell looks like he could be a decent acquisition, while Poyet also looks an able player in midfielder. Stewart Downing also looked confident when he came on.
But it was Mauro Zarate who pretty much stole the show for us. He got himself off the mark with a superb goal from outside the area, which is something we haven’t seen much of from our players over the last couple of years.
He certainly doesn’t look afraid to have a pop at goal, which is refreshing, and the below goal could be a sign of what we can expect from him in the Premier League this season…