Hindsight is a wonderful but one sided thing, with the benefit of hindsight Aaron Cresswell would never have become the repeat offender that he has ended up, following yet another straight red in a European Cup tie, only this time it has cost the club dear, very dear.
All the club and it's fans hopes and aspirations for the ENTIRE season evaporated with Cresswell's moment of panic, it would have been better if he had just let the forward through and given Areola a chance to make a save, even if a goal had been scored it would still have left the team with an uphill struggle for sure, but at least there would have been 11 v 11 on the pitch, playing with only 10 men for three quarters of the match was always going to be mission impossible, and so it proved.
What a dismal way to finish what had been a glorious European campaign, the paucity of the squad didn't help matters any, but individual mistakes came back to haunt what was a brave attempt but ultimate failure. Cresswell hung his head in shame as he left the field as he tried to avoid David Moyes's acerbic look, the manager knew there and then that the game was effectively over and that the team were only going to be able to avoid a crushing defeat as opposed to having any chance of wining the tie especially as Frankfurt were able to go in 1-0 up at half time.
The dream is over, mid table is secured, but it looks as if the dreaded Conference league is the best fans can hope for, and even that might NOT be attainable, just like my dreams heh? - Ed