Daniel Farke made a reference to Pirates of the Carribean at his Friday press conference, referring to Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in his comments. Well, on Saturday we lost our anchor 10 minutes before we set sail, found the treasure and then were robbed of it.
But in the dying seconds of yet another voyage that Finnish pirate (surely an anomaly) called Teemu Pukki rediscovered the treasure chest and we returned to port at short notice with the bounty of all three points. What a bl00dy Finnish finish!
I occasionally get an official team-sheet from the very kind steward who supervises the service lift to the Upper Barclay, which I use if my back is particularly dysfunctional. I always walk down after the game, to be fair. So I expected Timm Klose to be playing. Nope, he had an issue in the warm-up.
After several dodgy moments, we were 2-0 up and cruising. Ben Godfrey was doing great and we didn’t seem to be missing Timm.
Until Bolton got their first one back.
Don’t get me wrong they were tough, resilient and really rather good in their way. And after they scored they put two up front, lined up the Howitzers and fired them at every opportunity. So many aerial balls onto the edge of our box or beyond and that’s where we really missed big Timm.
Godfrey did nothing wrong (I was impressed with him actually) but apart from the usual cajoling from Tim Krul our back four was marshalled by Christoph Zimmermann (25) and he had to organise a brace of 20-year-olds and Max Aarons (18).
No wonder Bolton got a second scruffy one to peg it back. They smelled blood and went for us with a real bombardment. I hardly blame them for that tactic. And they thought they’d dragged the treasure of a point back from the bottom of the sea.
Now if you pull Todd Cantwell’s shirt blatantly in the sight of the referee, you’re “taking one for the team”. But Sammy Ameobi, if you’ve already been booked it’s a crazy thing to do. If I were one of your team-mates, I would not be pleased with you. Off you went and quite right too.
Cantwell’s influence in the ball breaking to Pukki was immense. Jordan Rhodes played his part too.
In the Upper Barclay as soon as Pukki hit it we knew it was in. Ben Alnwick could get nowhere near it. You cannot, I believe, coach anybody to finish like that. Natural and instinctive are the words that come to mind. What a geezer. Someone will translate that brief phrase into Finnish for you Teemu, but I don’t have the ability I’m afraid.
Ironically our little group in the Barclay were pleading with Farke to take Teemu off before Bolton’s second as he looked dead on his feet. But that’s why DF is head coach and we are not.
Let’s not forget that we played some beautiful football a lot of the time as well.
Sure we lost out twice under the heavy artillery barrage but as Gary said yesterday, we found a way.
I don’t know if it’s possible to go quadruple ape$hit but it seems like we certainly did.
Celebrations went through that cantilevered roof in the Barclay and that seemed to be the situation all around the ground.
As a big fan of boxing, I remember the Thriller in Manilla and the Rumble in the Jungle.
But we’ve had Millwall and Bolton at the Carra and that beats the lot.
Now, will we hang on to the treasure chest? I’ll email Johnny and Keira to ask them. I’m on personal terms with both, obviously.
Oh, mind the gap. He he he.