I don’t think the pink dressing room theory works. Preston displayed at least as much testosterone as we did throughout the match and were only dissected right at the end by a brace of finishes applied with surgical precision.
Alexander Tettey said after the game he had “enjoyed” his worst performance in a yellow shirt. Alex mate, I’ve seen over 60 per cent of your appearances and you are right on the button. That atrocious square pass that set Callum Robinson free to whack the underside of our bar being Wednesday’s lowlight.
But if we were starved of entertainment for 75-plus minutes, things changed and in no small part due to Alex.
I cannot praise Jamal Lewis enough for the cheeky stepover and feed to Teemu Pukki and boy did our fine Finn do the rest. Declan Rudd is probably still wondering what was wrong with his positioning. Nothing Declan, he drilled it across you with a marvellous sense of awareness. Pukki seems to be two-footed as well, which is a more than useful attribute for any player.
Then of course a late corner is cleared but only as far as Tettey. It bounces once and with one swing of that left peg Rudd is marmalised. When Alex scores his seasonal goal they tend to be belters. Even the toe-poke against Man U, which qualifies as a worldy simply because of who it was scored against.
Of course, Alex then showed his maturity by whipping off his shirt in justifiable celebration. Don’t you attract enough bookings as it is? However, no-one really cared, including Daniel Farke.
Disappointments? Yes, a few. Moritz Leitner is a player I just cannot make up my mind about. Is he an under-rated genius or a guy with the ability to pick a pass but with nothing else in his locker?
My mate and I had an interesting little half-time ramble in which he compared Leitner to Ian Crook. I countered that Leitner couldn’t hold a candle to him and in the end we both agreed we were probably looking back on Chippy Crook through rose-tinted glasses and should give Leitner more time to express himself. We also agreed that when it comes to pace both the aforementioned would be put to shame by a geriatric sloth.
I wasn’t over impressed with Ben Marshall either in his further forward role. He appeared to offer not too much, as they say.
However, there were two mighty positives. A fine display from Tim Krul. We can only hope his confidence and form grow from hereon in. And the first time I’ve seen Emilio Buendia in a yellow shirt. He looked useful although obviously there wasn’t a lot of scope to judge timewise.
Of course, we’ve also got Kenny McLean to come back as well and hopefully Mario Vrancic isn’t that far away either.
With that first win under our belt things feel a lot more comfortable. I’m looking forward to the two games before the international break although I doubt they’ll be over-friendly encounters either on or off the pitch.
Finally, my award for “I hope it isn’t true” rumour goes for “Wes to Fleetwood and Joey Barton”.
We love you Wes, please don’t do it!