Blogged for immortalisation.
I crashed early last night, thanks to the unwelcome attention of some viruses. That meant that when I headed off to Slumberland, my beloved Sheffield United were trailing 0-1 at the attractively-named Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester. Still, there wasn’t much that I could do about that from Cape Town and so I went to sleep, unhappy, but safe in the knowledge that my decision wouldn’t affect the match.
And then I woke up this morning, and before leaving the sanctity of the duvet, I swiped the phone to find out that we were uniformly dreadful, that we’d gone 0-2 down, were still 0-2 down with 7 minutes to play AND THEN WE SCORED 3 GOALS IN 5 MINUTES TO WIN IT!
Some ‘big club’ fans will point out that it was “only” Colchester United, and they’d be right. But the Blades couldn’t have beaten (for example) Chelsea last night because they weren’t playing Chelsea. You can only beat the team you’re playing, and given the rules and regulations around paying one’s players, United aren’t in a position to have a Diego Costa or an Angel di Maria in the squad right now. So if we have to play Colchester, and we beat them – especially in such a dramatic way – well, I’ll happily settle for that.
The crowd was just over 3,000 last night. Tiny. If ever there was a sign that we’re in the wrong league, it’s the fact that we are getting almost 20,000 fans in to watch a game against Rochdale. Something needs to happen this year and yes, it’s early days, but we’re now unbeaten in seven games and there’s already a hint of the infamous 2003 season about this campaign. We won absolutely nothing that year, but we came awfully close to winning a lot of stuff.
I’ll settle for a simple promotion this time around though – and what better way to do it than with 3 goals in 5 minutes to win all our games?
UPDATE: They’ve even done a “real time” video of the comeback. Nice.