Unbeaten in 10 at home and second in the league by a single point. What a time to be alive. Here’s my Five Things.
1) Has Anyone Seen Zach Clough?
Most of you will know by now that I’m not necessarily Zach Clough’s biggest fan - I genuinely believe he’s been built up to be something that he isn't. It took him 65 minutes to register anything remotely exciting on Boxing Day against Shrewsbury, and yesterday’s game against Scunthorpe was almost exactly the same. He’s supposed to be our talisman, our crown jewel, and yet he goes missing all too often when it matters most. Some of you will say that tackling or heading a ball isn't his game, but I say that’s bullshit. The first line of defence starts with him and our other attack-minded players. It's high time he started putting a foot in and getting his hands dirty because at times it feels like we only have 10 men on the pitch. If he’s one of our best players, why does he go missing so often?
2) James Henry Has Finally Arrived
Bloody hell, it’s about time. Maybe it's because he hasn't really been given a chance in the team or a run of games as yet, but I've been waiting for James Henry to arrive on the scene for months. He finally did yesterday, and what a time to do so. Let’s hope he gets himself a run of games and breaks into the team, should we extend his loan deal.
3) Derik Osede At Right Back = No
Bloody hell. When I saw Derik getting ready to come on at the start of the second half, I thought we were going to five at the back and shutting up shop. Alas, Lawrie Wilson must’ve picked up a knock and Derik slotted in at right back and boy, did he look shaky. It's just not the right place for him and unfortunately Tom Thorpe is performing too well to be dropped at the moment. Fingers crossed Derik can find a way to hold down a starting spot in our team because I really, really like him.
4) League One Referees Can Fuck Off
Yesterday’s referee (I don't know his name and I’m not even going to give him the courtesy of researching it) was a serial bottler and way out of his depth to control a game of that magnitude. I never want to see him at The Macron again.
5) Bye Bye Sammy
Yesterday, Sammy Ameobi proved me right once again. He's an exciting player with all the ability in the world, but his decision making lets him down time and time again. He gave the ball away so many times yesterday because he was holding onto it way too long and failing to release it at the right time. Yeah he did some good things too and yeah he's great to watch when it’s all going well, but he’s absolutely replaceable. Should his loan deal not be extended, I’m sure we can bring someone else in that’s just as good, if not better.
Tomorrow’s game against Coventry is another big one. A single slip up from Sheffield United and we can go top. Let's hope that happens.