Vic Morgan Blog: Don’t you just love this game..?
It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.
It’s the game that keeps on giving…at the moment. Over the past few days we’ve had some of the best entertainment I’ve seen at the County Ground in a good while. I suppose it’s the best spell since last Christmas when we were scoring when we wanted. Fans flocking to the ground and loving every minute. Yes you could find some faults I guess, but from a pure enjoyment point of few, how could you have been disappointed.
Certainly there weren’t too many moans on Saturday. To be fair to our nearest and not quite so dearest, Bristol City came and wanted to make a game of it. Cracking football from start to finish and of course we had a pantomime villain. Not only did Aden Flint play exceptionally well in the first half on his return to SN1, he went and scored the opener. Credit though to our young side, they kept at it and proved that not only do they play cultured football they can mix it as well.
Nile Ranger seemed unplayable after half time. The winner was met with a deafening roar and three points against our old rivals meant for a relaxing evening on Tuesday. That was the day the multi- million Blues from West London came calling. Those of us older in years can remember a time when we played Chelsea on a regular basis. Often in a very empty Stamford Bridge. There were great games like the four-nil thrashing we handed out in the Simod Cup.
This time though we expected a strong team full of World Cup and European Championship winners. Jose Mourinho didn’t disappoint and paid us due respect with the line-up he put out. No pressure, no points at stake, just a night to enjoy and learn. We played some great stuff and that would have boosted confidence no end. Sadly it was at a cost with the loss through injury of the aforementioned Ranger. How long he misses we can only guess. He looks a class act though and hopefully he’s back before long. Yes there are off the field issues but that’s for another day.
Great stuff then and money rolling into the club’s coffers can only help if we need loan cover.
There was other news this week.
An Italian manager well known to us lost his job on Wearside. The speed in which Di Canio’s short reign at the Stadium of Light came to an end was astonishing. What you have to question though is the way managers are employed, allowed to spend huge sums of money and then dismissed before they can really work with the squad. Do football directors do their homework, or just go for what they think is a glamour appointment?
Those who doubted Mark Cooper being given the job at Swindon will, I’m sure, be impressed by what he’s doing. Quiet and effective seems to be the method being used. Before you accuse me of jumping on the PDC bashing bandwagon, I’m not. Most of us loved what happened when he was at the Town. Great memories and lets not wipe them all away. It could though, have been at a catastrophic cost to the club. We still have one and for that we have the current board to thank.
So then to Preston. A nonsensical early start on Saturday for me, after a late finish at work. I’m desperate to go one year on from Water-bottle-Gate. Wes’s kick of the liquid container after being taken off was dramatic to say the least. I love the football at the moment. Please let it continue.