Let’s be honest, we weren’t that good against Shrewsbury - but a win is a win. Here are my five things.
1) Gary Fucking Madine
I said it in my Man of the Match piece but Madine looks like a new player. I genuinely believe he's one of our best at the moment and the worst part is that a lot of his hard work goes unnoticed because he isn't an “exciting” footballer. I noticed him holding his lower back towards the end of the game so I hope he's alright, as he was visibly knackered towards the end.
2) Too Many Chocolates For Zach
It took Zach Clough 65 minutes to do anything remotely decent. I’m not sure if he had a heavy Christmas Day or what, but we needed more from him today. Uncharactericstically off-form and I don't like it.
3) I Told You Sammy Ameobi Wasn't That Good
To all of you that slated me for my opinion on Sammy Ameobi; here's a big festive “fuck off”. He was properly shite today. Anonymous in the first half, he should've been replaced at half time but somehow made it through to the end of the game. Nothing would fall for him - he was misplacing passes all over the show and I can only remember him successfully taking someone on once. As I said in my original piece about him, I hope he stays longer than his current loan spell allows, but he’s supposed to be one of our danger men and danger men don't often go missing.
4) David Wheater Is God
Anyone that regularly reads my LOV work will know how highly I rate David Wheater. The man took a pay cut to re-sign for the club after being released for fuck’s sake, how could you not love him?! He was outstanding from start to finish today, and even managed to pop up with two scrappy goals. What a man.
5) Spearing Out Of Sorts
Defensively, Jay Spearing was very good against Shrewsbury. It was a scrappy game - the sort he loves. We all know he thoroughly enjoys a tackle, but forward, however, he wasn't great. Misplaced passes, the lack of that killer ball and an all-round sluggish approach to the game got me wondering if he'd had one too many sherries yesterday.
Despite a few of my moans and niggles, a win is a win and that's all that matters. Onto the next one - a huge game on Saturday against Scunthorpe.