October has been an average month at best for us in comparison to our performances in previous months gone by. We brought in seven Premier League points but were embarrassed at Old Trafford as we were battered by Man United 4-0 in front of a crowd of 75,000. We continued our success in Europe with another win against En Avant de Guingamp to take us to the top of our Europa League group. However in domestic competitions, we were embarrassed once more by Championship side Blackburn Rovers as they knocked us out of the Capital One Cup in the 4th Round.
Internationally, we delighted the nation of Switzerland once again as we edge ever closer to automatic qualification to the 2022 World Cup with two games against San Marino and Northern Ireland to send us into seventh heaven as we put seven goals past both teams in our group to cement our lead on Portugal in Group 2 to four points ahead with just two games remaining.
We retained our fourth placed position in the Barclays Premier League which we possessed at the end of September as well. The 4-0 loss to Man United has seen us slip up against The Red Devils but this high position makes up for it. West Brom, Huddersfield and Burnley have yet to reach double figures this season. In the Europa League we took the lead at the top of Group H with a victory over former leaders En Avant de Guingamp and with three games left in the Group Stage, it's all looking up for us now.
Internationally, we have dominated the group all the way through the qualification phase and it would be absolutely gutting for everyone involved if we didn't achieve a first place position once the ten games are up, especially as we have the chance to wrap the phase up against the main rivals in Portugal and rub the qualification in their faces. Next month sees us finish our qualification campaign and we also face Peru in an international friendly.
Lewis Cook came to me for a private chat this month with regards to a lack of first-team football this season and I took it upon myself to give him a chance with a starting spot and the midfielder has paid back my faith in him with some incredible performances. He scored in the Capital One Cup loss to Blackburn and has been a pivotal part in the team this month.