If you've read my match report, you'll know that I thoroughly enjoyed myself at The Valley on Tuesday night. If you haven't read it, get that sorted immediately.
Despite the first 25 minutes, Wanderers were brilliant for a large portion of the game. We held our own and proved that, should investment come in (which we broke news of last night), we really can pull ourselves out of this pit of despair and make the second half of our season somewhat respectable.
The man of the match on the night, for me, was academy product Josh Vela. With his youth-team counterpart Rob Holding playing at right back, Vela was allowed to patrol his natural position of centre midfield, partnering the captain of the night Jay Spearing in the middle of the park.
Now, if you've been listening to the LOVpod over the last few weeks you'll know that I've been a supporter of Josh Vela at right back, but I take all that back now. He proved me wrong on Tuesday: battling for every ball, pulling strings like Ivan Campo and generally having an absolute whale of a time. He scored a cracking goal which was reminiscent of that daisy cutter the Spaniard scored against Liverpool during happier times, immediately earning his coin as a regular fixture in the spine of the team for Wanderers, in my opinion.
Sadly, Vela didn't complete the game after he was stretchered off injured in the 70th minute, but as I said in my match report, friend of the site Marc Iles has reported that it was just a jarred knee, so he *should* be okay for Saturday's game against Fulham. Fingers crossed, anyway.
I hope to see more of Vela in midfield for the rest of the season.