Three points where we put the ball in the opposition's net, without them doing it for us. What a time to be alive. Here's my five things from the game against Oldham.
1) Sammy Ameobi isn't that good
I've seen a lot of chat on Twitter about how good Ameobi has been since he signed. I'm not sure whether I'm watching a different player every week, but I really don't rate him. He's too weak to be a centre forward and his end product isn't good enough to play out wide, so what is he? Where does he play? I'm not sure Phil Parkinson knows the answer either, but we need to find out pretty sharpish before it costs us. He gave the ball away far too much today, was muscled off it way too easily and was generally a bit shit. He does all the hard part of attacking right; winning the ball, beating defenders and more, but then when it comes to the killer pass or cross, he just doesn't have it in his locker. Not acceptable.
2) Zach Clough is back
Now then. I've been very critical of Zach Clough since he broke through - and in all honesty I still don't think he's as good as everyone makes out, but this weekend he was on another level. I'm not saying he's Premier League material, but his performance against Oldham showed me that he's capable of much more than many players in this league. His free kick was excellent and he caused problems every time he had the ball in an advanced area. He's not a world beater - not by any stretch - but it's good to see him finally performing as we all expect.
3) Farewell Dean Moxey
I didn't go to the Oxford game as I was over in Los Angeles for work, but I did see the highlights. Conclusion? Dean Moxey can't defend. I've always liked him for his attacking abilities, but the mistakes he made in that Oxford game cost us dearly and may have just ruled him out of Parky's thinking for some time. His replacement against Oldham - Andrew Taylor - was fantastic. He did everything right and narrowly missed out on my Man of the Match award. I hope he hits a run of form and holds his place in the team, because, seriously, who else have we got?
4) Jamie Proctor is a shithouse
In my season predictions article I openly stated I was really looking forward to seeing what Proctor had in his locker after linking up with Parky again. How wrong I was. When he came off the bench on Saturday, he was fucking dreadful - he just doesn't look fit. In my mind he's a target man; someone we should be able to hit time and time again without fail, but the guy can't even hold onto the ball when it's passed to him, never mind do something with it. You all know how much I love Gary "Jägerbomb" Madine, and thank fuck he's back, because if we get stuck with Proctor again at any point this season we are well and truly buggered.
5) Josh Vela in position = a better Bolton Wanderers
In the same way that I've always been critical of Zach Clough, I've always loved Josh Vela. He's gone missing a few times this season, especially when he's been played out of position on the left of a diamond, but today he was back in the middle and he excelled. He was almost alternating with Jay Spearing as our central attacking midfielder (or CAM, as you FIFA players would say) and I reckon that's where he belongs. Long may it continue.
All in all, it was a much improved performance from the Whites, and it's always good when you beat one of your tinpot local rivals at home when they're treating an October league game like a cup final. Hopefully we can kick on and keep this momentum going.
On to the next one.