Worth reading for the desctiption of Steve Bruce alone:
"perhaps the most obviously Christmassy of the current lot, carrying with him the hopeful, hangdog look of a man perpetually on the verge of dashing off to ferret through the aisles at Debenhams, sweating at the lingerie racks, whirling around in search of perfume."
I don't think there is too much to read across to us this season - we've been in this division too long not to enjoy the change - but the shear dullness of being unable to perform is interesting. The other notable point is the difference Jason Roberts made to them in the run-in.
I really enjoyed Saturday. We weren't phased by going behind, fans or players, and kept working. Murphy is certainly our Player of the Season so far, in fact he's had an excellent 2014 right back from the minute he stepped up in McGoldrick's absence in the Spring.
The biggest disappointment was that we didn't score more in the second half but we created plenty of opportunities to do so, just weren't quite accurate enough. That's been picky of course, seeing four goals at PR for the first time in 18 months or so was pretty good.
The fixture list doesn't get any easier now, each of the four games left this year could be difficult but it's nice knowing that we'll compete well in all of them and continue to pick up points.
1. His comments on tomorrow's game -- that if people are expecting a straightforward win they shouldn't be - suggest a sense of realism that his manager would be pleased with.
2. He clearly loves the fact that the vast majority of away fans at Charlton stayed to wait for the fist pump at the end. The bond between players and fans here is currently very good and we should all enjoy it.
Just look at this place: boat trips, planning trains for away games months in advance, scrutinising every aspect of the post-match celebrations from Saturday, best celebration threads, etc, etc.
There have been odd good moments since but, genuinely, the last time it felt like this was in 2004-05. That's a long time for me in my late 30s, for the under 30s far longer. Not sure about the really old gits, they probably can't remember.
Thanks Mick, thanks Terry. Now let's build on this and keep the momentum going all season. There's a long time at to go yet but maybe, just maybe....