I like Matheson: he’s got great potential, has great attitude and works hard. I hope it’s not sacrilegious to say this about our golden boy, but he does seem to be a weakness defending at the back post. For the first two goals today he lost his man and it was the same against Sunderland and another game (can’t remember which it was, possibly Wimbledon?). I have no desire to pile on anyone - he’s a kid learning his trade against much more experienced, bigger men - but if it’s a weakness in our team evident to me then it will be evident to much more football-educated people than me.
With a couple of the teams below us due to play each other still, I have a feeling that it may be already impossible for seven teams to pass us and that we are actually already mathematically safe. Can anyone work it out?!
I haven’t looked at relative costs, but just to make people aware that you can also catch the train to Gerrards Cross, which is on the Birmingham to Marylebone line. Gerrards Cross station is about a 10 minute cab ride from the ground. I would book a taxi ahead of time if you’re doing this - the number for the GX station taxi company is 01753 885645.
Setting aside the issue of whether it should be there at all, if the World Cup is held in the winter, this presents a big opportunity for clubs in the football league.
The major leagues will apparently need to be suspended for seven weeks, to allow for not only the tournament but to allow squads to meet up and prepare beforehand. So for the 3-ish weeks where there is no premier league or World Cup and during the tournament when there is no premier league, there will be a lot of floating football fans looking for their live-football fix. A good chance to work to get a few extra through the door.
I did like the song the Sandy sung to Done while there was the injury delay (MK's a shithole, you wanna stay here...). It seemed from the main stand that he laughed and nodded? Hopefully the cup money will make it easier to turn down offers.