It seems our supposedly leaky defence isn’t too leaky after all. That isn’t to say there isn’t still plenty of room for improvement, though.
The statistics not only justify our second place position in the Premier League, but they recognise progression.
- Three clean sheets in a row
- Three goals conceded from open play in 11 games
- One goal conceded in November
Not bad, right?
Clean sheets emerged as a glaring priority towards the beginning of the season when we shipped eight goals in our first five Premier League matches.
Memories of our disappointing defensive record during the 2013/2014 season, when we finished second, has meant there is now an even greater focus on keeping things tighter at the back if we are to mount a title challenge again.
Three clean sheets in a row and only one goal conceded this month certainly marks improvement in that respect, especially when considering that the only time we conceded in November was in the 6-1 win against Watford.
If challenging at the top of the league or winning a cup competition means scraping wins by scoring fewer goals every now and then but keeping a clean sheet, then so be it.
Defending against set-pieces remains an issue, but one we’re always looking to work on.
That’s 15 games unbeaten now. Keep it up, Reds.