I was never one for the Bible. One of my parents was Church of England and the other Roman Catholic but they never forced anything upon me, although I did endure “Scripture” lessons at school.
In my very late teens I had to do some digging into the great book for a Uni dissertation and the word that resonated with me was Revelation. It’s the final chapter of the New Testament after all.
And Oh Gawd Blimey, what a revelation we experienced on Saturday: we can beat Pulisball after all!
I was so thoroughly impressed with that battling performance. The moths can compete with the mammoths.
Perhaps I’m wearing rose tints after a much needed and very welcome victory, but it was brilliant to see Christoph Zimmermann and Marco Stiepermann slot in so well. I was particularly impressed with the latter who looked really good in that more forward central role.
And plenty of credit to Daniel Farke too. His selection meant we would not try to compete with the giants (Ayala, Flint, etc) but play Teemu Pukki as the nominal striker and it worked a treat. The heat from those who choose to dish it out should be off you for quite a while now Daniel.
Also good to see Mo Leitner playing in a deeper role and I think the match sponsors were right to make Alex Tettey man-of-the-match.
Two key moments in the game verged on the farcical. The ball seemed to be caught under Pukki’s feet, but he dug it out and poked it towards goal. I sit right behind the net in the Upper Barclay and I thought initially it was going wide. Good deflection – the Gods of football smiled on us for once. And what a wonderful bit of interplay building up to it. Fantastic to watch and well played Max Aarons.
Then there was “Klosegate”. From where I am we could clearly see his arm across the Boro player and could not understand why he was not sent off for one of Eddie Waring’s famous “early baths”. Two minutes later one of my more intelligent friends had explained that the Boro player was offside, Timm’s offence was not thought of as dangerous play and so he stayed on the pitch.
My big problem with that issue is that I did not see a raised flag from the assistant referee. Oh well, maybe I missed it.
Who cares though – I wouldn’t have fancied 11 minutes plus six minutes of injury time with ten men against Boro.
Maybe “it’s only because we won” but I can take several positives from that display.
Plus: Louis Thompson, Kenny McLean and obviously Mario Vrancic are on the way back And Farke out-hought Pulis tactically.
I don’t (won’t) do social media but because I have a few mates on Teesside I looked at some of the Middlesbrough fansites and their local newspaper the Gazette on Sunday. Those folks are steaming at Pulis. With that start to a season? But steaming they are.
The consensus is: they don’t want him. Following on from Aitor Karanka as Pulis did I guess the Boro lads and lasses are not too happy with what my favourite chairman in all the world – seriously – Steve Gibson has given them.
At least Uncle Tony admitted with a grudging and almost good grace that Norwich were the better side on the day (after a shedload of slating the officials).
Now we have to face QPR and Reading away, who both appear resurgent after good Saturday results for themselves. The timing of these events could only happen to us – but I’m not particularly fearful.