New Year Points
Tuesday 1st January 2019
Happy New Year everybody. May it be healthy, happy and prosperous for each and every one of you. Four goals and three points today will certainly help on getting the middle one underway.
Sorry if this sounds a bit miserable but I’m not a massive fan of New Year’s Eve. The ‘once a year’ merchants tend to be numerous and can often go on to spoil it for those of us that go out most weeks just because they’ve had a couple of shandies. Harsh? Maybe. But you know what I mean.
Right up until about 11am yesterday morning, partly as a result of my feelings detailed above, I genuinely had no plans. But my sister was hosting a bit of a shindig back in Kent. Generally I don’t take too much persuading when it comes to such events. And my sister and her family can certainly party!
So a train journey later and I was in Kent. And turning in just before 5am was par for the course when it comes to my sister. Ouch.
Getting in a taxi just 4 hours later was painful. Very very in fact. But, New Years Day means football. Certainly most years. And I thanked my lucky stars we were at home.
A few pre-match liveners helped the nausea. Not big or clever I accept. But essential if I’m honest and had me at least feeling back on the straight and narrow for the game ahead.
It could be said we rode our luck a little in the first period. But I counted 5 clear cut openings for us and 3 for our visitors. On another day we might have been 2 or 3 up or 2 or 3 down. But Granit’s strike was enough to see us go in with a lead and something to build on.
Laca doubled that lead midway through the 2nd half after a fine passing move and we looked pretty much home and hosed. But with every 2 nil scoreline we all know the next goal can be hugely influential on the final result.
Fulham went hell for leather and without sounding too condescending, deserved to get something for their efforts, even if potentially there was a foul in the build up. But we stepped up a gear having conceded and went on to win the game fairly comfortably. Pleasing and on we go.
Blackpool away next in a fantastic FA Cup 3rd round example. Historical and mouthwatering, especially for all those neutrals out there hoping for a big upset. Focussed and professional we need to be in my opinion. And with that attitude we will progress.
If we are complacent however, history demonstrates, even with our great club, you can come unstuck.
Another road to Wembley begins.
Come on you mighty reds.