The Old 1-2
I am utterly drained after yesterday’s match-and I was only watching it on the telly! I’ve been to some crucial games in my time,such as the 4-2 or the latter matches in The Centenary Season,stopping ten,etc. I’ve sat through our victory at Tannadice in 2008,and endured some possibly not as notable but no less important occasions.
None was as mentally and physically draining as yesterday. I have no idea how our players managed to continue going to the well,throwing themselves at the ball or trying to hit again on the break.
The second half in particular was like the bloody Alamo.
You all saw it,so to briefly recap,we did not start too well. A cheap goal down inside two minutes. But an equaliser around five minutes later. And for all that they threw everything at us,there can be little doubt that we created the better chances. Our defence was probably busier than theirs-indeed,our back five all had an argument for winning Man Of The Match-but our forwards too were sharper,our mids just that bit quicker. In thought as well as action.
In what was an all-round performance,one where none of our players left a damn thing on the pitch,I will mention one player as my own Man Of The Match. This is something I have declined to do for over two years now,but the performance-even apart from his winning goal-of CCV was something special.
And I would like to take this opportunity too to offer an apology to Willie Collum. I pointed out just the other day,in the lead-up to the match,that I thought he was the best referee in the country. Talk about being damned by faint praise! He was all of that yesterday,his was as strong a performance as any I’ve seen in such a pressure cooker. Frequently presented with decisions to make,he never took the easy one. Almost all day,he took the correct one.
There is so much more that I could say here about yesterday,but I’ll leave that to our contributors. You’ll all do it better anyway! But suffice to say that our title challenge is in a better state today than yesterday morning. And probably in a better state than my ticker as well.
Above article by BMCUWP