I didn't pay the £27.50 BT Sport were asking for live coverage, but sounds like it would've been a great watch
Tremendous sporting comeback from Tyson Fury, by all accounts never took a step backwards against Wilder and the glory of being crowned World Champion again after being in the pits is a great real-life story. Shows what can happen when you're prepared to give it a shot, and after yesterday no finer example of how to succeed with positive self-belief
Expect a rematch, and possible reunification of titles against Joshua
Game at Barnet abandoned at half-time for (according to BBC) "unknown reason"
And for anyone with BT Sport, a programme on at 10.30pm charting the career of Jimmy Greaves. For those who only know him as a name or as a quirky TV presenter, just watch how easy he made goalscoring look
We know that Dale are willing to accept them, in order to attract the type of talent that's kept us afloat not just in L1 but financially; and then to retain them on contracts such as Ollie Rathbone's 3 year deal
Of course i don't know for certain, but what's the point in getting angsty about whether we'll accept £X for whoever when it's probably a given that they'll leave (if they want to) once a certain amount is on offer?
After the draw against Spurs, there was debate about the top five games people have seen at Spotland (to give it its historic name)
It set me wondering where yesterday might rank
From memory, and in date order, i think my previous list was:
3-0 v Southend, 1969 2-1 v Coventry, 1971 2-1 v Darlo, 2008 2-0 v Leeds, 2014 2-2 v Spurs, 2018
I can't honestly say, exciting though it was and such a joyous moment when Wilbraham equalised, that yesterday would knock any of those games out of the top five, but definitely top ten. (I haven't included the two more recent promotions since they weren't "all or nothing" fixtures)
Since then, we've also had the 1-0 v Charlton, which i'd say knocks out the Leeds game
Appreciate the first two in the list won't have been seen by many. Any others?
There's a dense fog hanging around the COA this morning
Ipswich had a free day yesterday (thanks bury) and will be looking to reassert their leadership of the division. Will we be able to prevent them? Much might depend on Ollie recovering from the knock that saw him subbed, though he tried to run it off, so there's some hope. (Sometimes its the hope that kills you.)
Some desperately needed clarity on Tuesday, whatever the result
Last night's game isn't in doubt about making the list. In chronological order, and with the only proviso that we remained undefeated at the end of full time, followed by a feeling of euphoria and pride:
3-0h v Southend, 1969 2-1h v Coventry, 1971 7-2a v Stockport, 2007 2-1h v Darlington, 2008 3-0a v Bradford C, 2009 1-0h v Northampton, 2010 2-0a v Southampton, 2010 2-2h v Spurs, 2018 1-0h v Charlton, 2018 1-1a v Man Utd, 2019
The change to the goalkick law has very quickly led to a situation where one of the very basics of football, not conceding goals, seems to have gone out the window in favour of players taking it as a matter of honour that they're good enough to receive the ball under severe pressure and not simply clear it. They're not, and it's not the new law itself that's the problem
It's not just Dale of course. Both Man City and Arsenal conceded entirely unnecessary goals over the weekend from a goalkick being played to defenders in the penalty area or just outside and immediately losing it. In the case of City, it's cost them points which already puts them at a real disadvantage against their nearest title rivals even at this stage of the season. How much longer will this stupidity continue?
Playing the ball from the defensive third and gradually building an attack isn't the issue. The analysis posted a couple of days ago about RND and how creating an attacking platform by patient passing between defenders and then midfielders/widemen in space showed how effective it can be when done well. It's the immediate pressure on defenders/goalkeeper from a goalkick that's the problem, and it's got to stop
Football at it's simplest is about creating opportunities to score and denying opportunities to the opposition. The way the new goalkick law is being deployed is an aberration which creates opportunities for the opposition - the antithesis of sport itself
For anyone interested in where we are in the bigger scheme of things, this is worth reading - and the video near the end is worth watching for the 3D mapping. Watch out for the three thin coloured arrows, which precisely pinpoint the COA