Flat caps, whippets, ferrets, Geoffrey Boycott. All slightly ridiculous clichés I know. But if you add in the weather conditions and the fact that we were battered like a piece of Harry Ramsden haddock by a very physical Rotherham side but could never quite be dipped into the fryer, you’ll know what I’m on about.
A resilient performance indeed. And we had several chances to score more.
Yorkshire was EFL Championship central on Saturday.
Quest TV, guest Michael Brown and the admirable Colin Murray devoted (I guess) around 20 minutes to the Yorkshire derby and less than two minutes to Rotherham and ourselves.
Maybe we’re slipping under the radar again? Only jesting, of course, we’re not and no real complaints with Quest. They had to ostensibly show their gratitude to a club that quite literally hosted them all day so fair play to all concerned.
We battled as well as showing all the skills we possess when we could. Yet another fine performance, three more points and an all-round excellent achievement. For any required confirmation of that just look at Ben Godfrey’s face after he restored our lead. And the site of Godfrey, Christoph Zimmermann and Tim Klose’s huddle together shortly after the final whistle was truly inspiring.
Our lot are in it to win it but in one sense I care little for that. We are now five points clear of third. As much as I’d love to win the thing, second place and promotion is all that matters to me right now. We don’t deserve to be reduced to the playoffs or indeed runners-up but I’d bite your proverbial hand off for that second spot right now.
Maybe some folks might reckon that the international break is a pain in the derriere. In many ways it is. The word frustration comes to mind, especially if you have to conjure up a fresh Norwich City article during it for MFW!
But you do get the feeling that a few of our squad could do with chilling for a while as one or two are looking a bit leggy.
In the words of Daniel Farke: “We’ll use the international break to calm everything down and take a break (both) mentally and physically.
“I’m not concerned and we’re enjoying our football”.
I’m going to save my views on our remaining fixtures for a future article during said break but for now: let’s get our young soldiers safely back from their well-merited call-ups. The triumvirate of Godfrey, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis are crucial to the way we play and how effective we are at Farkeball.
Happy returns to all of ours who are “away” for a while.
So right now despite my complaints concerning the international break us NCFC supporters have the perfect “fortnight off”. Top of the league, five points clear of third and (no I’m not talking it up) pretty much a fully-fit squad. Jeez, there was no room for Alex Tettey on the bench at the New York Stadium.
Of course, the weather should be less wild and windy in two weeks’ time which can only work in our favour.
Hang on – the next one’s Boro away and it’s like the Arctic up there even in July. 🙂
Oh, and we have a management team which has just signed up until 2022 of course.
And then there’s that gap to Paul Lambert’s draw specialists. 54 plus goal difference now but it would be too cruel to mention it… so I won’t.
Let’s take a leaf from Farke’s book and collectively enjoy the next couple of weeks.
I apologise to all native Yorkshiremen for the opening paragraph. While I own and occasionally wear a flat cap, I appreciate that the vast majority of you probably don’t.
All three of our sides deserve to go up together and I really hope it pans out that way. It would if there were any justice in the football world.
Time for yet another prayer to the Football Gods.