I still think the Newcastle, Fulham and Norwich draws will come back and bite us.
6 alarmingly bad dropped points.
Take Tottenham: They've allowed an injury time goal to draw vs West Brom, an equaliser 5 minutes from time to draw vs Norwich, and then the two goals in the last 5 minutes at Goodison. So that's 7 points dropped. And they laid an egg at home against Wigan, which is worse than our similar game at West Brom.
Or West Brom: They allowed a goal with 10 minutes to go to draw at Villa, Dzeko scored twice in the last 10 to flip a goal advantage, Newcastle scored an injury-time winner. 6 points dropped. Plus the controversial penalty decisions in the Arsenal game, which perhaps should have been a 1-1 draw instead of a 2-0 defeat.
Or Arsenal: They conceded twice in the last few minutes to lose at home to Swansea, and they have failed to score 5 times in 16 games, including twice to teams in the bottom 5.
My point is that the teams in the 4-8 range in the table are always going to drop these sorts of points at times. That's one of the things that differentiates them from the title challengers: the ability to completely and consistently
shut down a team when required to assure the result.
We, like these other teams, have so far had a few issues seeing games out. Speculate if you will the reasons why, but we are far from the only side having these problems.