December 30, 2015 by notjustpumpkinbread
As that sumptuous shot with the outside of his right foot beat Marshall all ends up and nestled into the goal, we dared to dream that another Academy product would grab this game by the scruff of the neck and leave the hosts wondering “Who the hell was that?!?”
By all accounts, Oliver Burke – in his first start since August – had a cracking game, his blistering pace and strength on the ball causing all sorts of problems for Cardiff. Unfortunately – as is all too frequent this season – we were undone by a speculative shot from outside the box that took a deflection and left Dorus with no chance. Why don’t we score goals like that?
We had chances to gain the lead again, but in fairness Cardiff had a few chances too. So 1-1 at full-time was probably the fairest result. Earlier in the season that kind of game would have ended in defeat, but we’re becoming a difficult team to beat, so another point away from home was a very good one. The Cardiff City Stadium isn’t exactly a happy hunting ground for the Mighty Reds.
This being an away fixture, I was not in attendance, so please check out http://www.inthetopone.com if you want to read a match report. Instead, here are my thoughts on the proceedings:
- Fantastic travelling support as ever.
- Even before the game started, I thought the changes to the starting line up were entirely justified. With these festive fixtures coming thick-and-fast this is the era of the squad, so to rest the likes of Vaughan and Mendes made sense.
- With the exception of Trotter – who isn’t exactly pulling up trees in his loan spell – the other 5 changes were nothing to be sniffed at. Both Ward and Oliver Burke looked bright when they came on against Leeds, while Jonny Williams has an abundance of quality. To start with Dex away from home was probably a better alternative to Chris O’Grady and Tesche, once again, looked sharp in the Leeds game and is hungry to prove his worth in the team.
- Following games on Twitter is a frustrating affair, but Nottingham Post journalist Paul Taylor’s in-game updates are a welcome contribution to the Social Media sphere.
- Those 6 changes caused all manner of “shouting” even before a ball had been kicked. You have to wonder where these “so-called fans” true loyalties lie.
- We didn’t lose and are now unbeaten in 7 games. 16 points from a possible 27 is nothing to be sniffed at. We may be mid-table but we’re certainly not mediocre. We’re playing some good football and will continue to improve as the season progresses.
It’s Charlton away next. Should we “only” draw that one I’m sure there’ll be more “shouting” on various Social Media sites. Some people just can’t see the wood for the trees.
COME ON YOU REDS!!!