The lead riff wriggles out of one’s hands before it can be grasped, just as another scattering riff comes bounding in over the top. When it all falls away for the isolated hook, it’s like taking a deep breath of fresh air … (Lester Bangs)
Led Zeppelin brought out a controversial album in 1970 – Led Zeppelin III.
It was all about change; how the band’s style had moved on from the predictable output of the previous two years. Not everybody went for it – how dare they use a mandolin, 12-string guitars and tablas instead of drums?
One of the key tracks on it was called Celebration Day and Led Zep afficianados still regard it as one of their best tracks to this day.
Please feel free to equate this to Frank Sinatra, Public Enemy or even One Direction if you wish. I guess they all made changetime albums.
So, let’s be honest, Nelson Oliviera’s own personal “celebration day” at Craven Cottage shares a similarity with the Led Zep offering. At the time I just thought it was sheer excitement as I didn’t have a great viewpoint from the so-called shared area, where I sat with some friends who live in London. But seeing the re-runs, he was demonstrating: “start me, start me, start me” to Daniel Farke.
No bad blood, just making an emphatic point in the best way he could.
Offside for the goal? Don’t think so.
Farke dealt with Nelson’s antics brilliantly, both at the time and in subsequent interviews, and when firstly Josh Murphy and then (I think) James Maddison calmed him down, Nelson helped us to see the game out and gain a point and one of the most enjoyable results in ages. We know we’re at the races now. No doubts at all – we will be something of a force this season.
Retreating homeward, a wiser man than me reiterated that without Cameron Jerome around to previously soften up members of the Cottagers’ defence, Oliviera might not have been able to latch onto the ball from Wes as he did. A good shout as CamJam does a lot of things that largely go un-noticed.
The John Paul Jones of the “band”.
And regarding my musical intro, the isolated hook refers to Plan B: 4-1-4-1. And the fresh air? Nelson’s goal.
Then there was Christoph Zimmermann and Marcel Franke. The former impressed me very much; he looked like a very decent acquisition. He looked hard, determined and committed. Franke didn’t particularly stand out to me, which probably meant he did a good job.
Last season I am pretty much sure Alex Neil would have stuck to 4-2-3-1 and waited for us to concede a second. But we didn’t, we kept going and were rewarded in a way that sent most of us, frankly, nuts. Well done Daniel Farke and everybody in a yellow shirt.
Gary said yesterday that playing a back three leaves vast areas of space to be attacked out wide if the wingbacks are caught out. True indeed, but that situation was changed. Horses for courses.
We now have Steven Naismith back for Sunderland, Ivo Pinto straining at the leash, Timm Klose apparently not too far away and (hopefully) Alex Pritchard to follow. Plus Marco Stiepermann, plus A N Other who might yet join us in the near-ish future.
And there are youngsters (Phillips, Abrahams). We’ve bought as well.
Oh yes, I’m liking it.
And as LZ would say: Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Number Two Son completed the Run Norwich 10k this morning in a very respectable 46:51.
The Community Sports Foundation was heavily involved with this event, and after he’d drank his beer and eaten his banana Jonny brought home his goodie bag from the run. I am now the proud owner of a new NCFC leather wallet, which he donated to me. As NCFC donated to every one of the 6,000 runners. A simple gesture, but a lovely one.
Well done to Tom Smith and all those at the Club who supported this marvellous event.