I missed the Sheffield Wednesday game because I was on holiday down in
When I heard the result from
In truth, I was absolutely delighted because I hadn't expected it in a million years. As I was leaving for
So the players, manager, and coaching staff deserve a huge amount of credit for picking themselves up, dusting themselves down, and going about their business to get the job done.
I've seen the highlights since and the build-up play for the first two goals was brilliant. Paul Dickov showed his experience, manoeuvring himself into position to control a looping ball into the area, whilst at the same time cleverly manoeuvring the defender out of position, before coolly setting up Lee Croft for the opening goal.
For the second goal, Croft does fantastically well and shows his pace on the break, but just look who's bursting a gut to keep up with him, receive the pass, and score goal number two. None other than Jay McEveley.
From what I've heard, Rob Hulse deserved to take and score the penalty for his effort and workrate throughout the game, but he had to wrestle the ball out of the hands of Robbie Savage and Gary Teale so that he could score the third goal.
Looking at the highlights though,
Fortunately there's an international break now which allows a couple of weeks breathing space for the injured players to be wrapped in cotton wool and nursed further along the road to recovery.
Let's just hope that the uninjured players (and there can't be more than a handful of them) who are going on the team bonding trip to Portugual survive it without picking up any injuries.