Pat Nevin: Chinks of light coming through

We all love a snapshot, and it is not just those greedy centre-forwards. I nearly fell into the trap at the game I was at the other day. 

I was high in the stands at Anfield, Liverpool were 1-0 up at half-time and if West Brom defended any deeper they would have been playing at Goodison Park, Everton. This could be 4-0, 5-0 or even 6-0 if the Reds get another goal. 

Then there was the caveat. Football is mad this season and West Brom have that wily old campaigner Sam Allardyce in charge. A change in the game was unlikely, but it was still possible. 

Forty-five minutes later it was 1-1, Liverpool almost lost it and from discussions online beforehand about them running away with the title, questions were raised about their inability to put away one of the weakest teams in the league, despite having 85 per cent of the possession. Be careful of making decisions on a snapshot of any point, be it half-time, the end of a game, or even a little run of games.

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