Well, surely we all enjoyed that. The perfect hat-trick in terms of points as in nine from nine. With no Hanley, no McLean, no Hernandez and Louis Thompson apparently barely fit for duty. But still there were some moaners on the loose on social media and elsewhere. Utterly ridiculous.
More fool Wally McLaren for not introducing Matt Smith sooner to give the aerial bombardment a longer chance to shake us up. And I hope Timm’s snout makes a full recovery.
There’s little point in trawling through the “finer” points of that particular match. Many might disagree with me, but we could have won it by three. I seriously believe that.
Timmu Pukki will never (as such) be the new Grant Holt but how cool was that finish? A deliberate action and nothing spawny about it as he re-adjusted superbly to Marco Stiepermann’s deflected cross to chest it past wrong-footed QPR keeper Lumley. I wish I’d been there to worship it, but I wasn’t.
A thoroughly deserved win.
So on to the conundrum that is Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao. I’m not about to tell Daniel Farke what to do but I would rest every single squad member who needs some downtime. It would be fantastic to progress for at least one more round in the competition – and we surely should whatever side we field. As much as I have a lot of love for Gareth Ainsworth (a very cool guy) we really should beat his side with whoever we put out against them.
Ainsworth reminds me of Pat Nevin who played for Chelsea in the 1980s. Never afraid to offer an opinion in an interview – often about non-football-related matters. I think he had more articles in NME than I did: football and music ran on the same tramlines in those days and probably do still, except that the modern players ostensibly appear to enjoy R&B and Grime, neither of those genres appeals to me.
On the academy front I am very glad I never removed my contribution from my season ticket renewals.
A little guy I know pretty well (extended family member called Derry) was scouted at Sloughbottom Park while playing for Norman Wanderers and is in now what I believe to be the CPD squad – ie. do well for a year and you’re in the Academy.
My friends at the newsagents down the road have a grandson called Isaac. He has been inducted into the Academy after sailing through his “probationary year”.
Derry was selected for his ability to recognise team-mates and spray the ball around as an attacking midfielder. He is GOOD.
Both Derry and Isaac are fractionally under eight. Derry was discovered a year after Isaac.
Now that folks is our future and as proud as I am of my personal connection it’s good to see local youngsters being watched and getting that kind of chance. It wouldn’t have happened a few years ago.
Also worth noting is that Isaac’s regular coach and Derry’s occasional one is Adrian Forbes, who insists on being known as Forbsey to all the youngsters – no egos floating around there then!
Maybe these guys could be the next Jamal Lewis or Max Aarons. Maybe not. But at least they’ve got a decent crack at it.
Well done NCFC.