Torres Bounces Back?
With Daniel Sturridge still nursing an injury, options, striker-wise, were still very limited last night.
Rafael Benitez, our interim manager, had no choice but to continue with Fernando Torres, a striker that has come in for some flak in recent weeks, whether it be deserved or undeserved.
But, last night, Torres delivered.
Of course there were moments of frustration as balls were miss-controlled or passes were over-hit or shots were a little wayward, but ploughing that lone furrow, on the whole, Fernando did well.
His performance was, of course, topped off by his two goals and on another night he might well have walked away with the match ball and with a hat-trick to his name, but it wasn`t to be.
After the match, Rafa the interim manager offered some praise to his striker, remarking to the media,
"I hope this is a springboard for him. He has shown his quality today."
"I said before that if we created chances then he would get goals."
"I saw him sharper in training yesterday with a bit more confidence and he was fine today."
But, and I`m being realistic here, I see last night as nothing more than another false dawn considering the caliber of the opposition.
That is, unless you`d like to prove me wrong Fernando!