Williams a smash hit as Town continue to surprise Charlie
A double for Huddersfield Town this week as Lee Clark was named manager of the month and Robbie Williams was named league one player of the month.
The pop sensation has scored a few cracking free-kicks, but his John Barnes circa Brazil 1984 goal against Hartlepool was straight out of the top drawer (thanks big cliché book of football commentary). With goals like that a job presenting football shows, advertising isotonic sports drinks and managing Tranmere and Celtic really badly surely awaits Town’s current left-back. I appreciate this is flawed logic but at least humour me.
Robbie was however dropped in favour of the thinking ladies’ bit of crumpet Joe Skarz, for the vital derby game with Leeds. Ultimately I think Town fans will be happier with the point considering our less-than-perfect away form and the nightmare against Tranmere during midweek.
To twice go behind but to bring it back shows a lot of fight from Lee Clark’s young team. Great to see Jordan Rhodes score for the first time in a few games but the man who is fast emerging as a new hero is Lee Novak; he is adding goals to his hugely impressive workrate and if I was choosing the player of the month I would have plumped for Lee.
Anyway, considering Leeds’ truly impressive form this season a point is a great result for us.
Things have been going very well at Town these past few weeks; into the third round of the FA Cup but a tough and in many ways uninspiring, draw against West Brom is hardly a rich reward for slaying the mighty footballing forces of Port Vale and Dagenham.
On the plus side however, it shouldn’t be too much of a distraction for the players, like for example Chelsea proved to be a number of years ago. The prospect of playing at Stamford Bridge against Jose Mourinho’s team coincided with a terrible run of form, which almost certainly stopped us from gaining promotion that year.
Moving onto the league I was truly staggered by the quality of football we played against Wycombe, it was truly sensational at times; even the Barnsley promotion team of 1997 would be envious of such free-flowing attacking football. In fairness though, playing a team with Michael Duberry in the heart of defence is much like being handed a 3-0 head start before you’ve even kicked off.
Despite six goals, the highlight of the game was an unbelievable miss by the Theo Robinson, it was truly incredible. He’d done the easy work, beating Duberry to the ball, but when presented with a glorious chance he missed from a full six inches firmly establishing him as a totally unpredictable player who is incredibly entertaining to watch.
It’s a shame that in the last few games we’ve slipped up in defence as I believed that the defence was looking solid and was keeping clean sheets regularly. Lee Peltier looks to me to be the best right back I’ve seen in blue and white strips since the welsh wizard that was Steve Jenkins.
Nathan Clarke has proved once again to be a reliable performer at the back and a lot of credit must go to Peter Clarke who is looking like the greatest cooler of a difficult situation since Patrick Swayze in the move Road House. Let’s hope they can recapture some form in the coming weeks and keep up the charge up the table.
Finally it must be said that ever since I bought myself a mini disc rather than choosing an MP3 player, I have been known for making poor predictions. My prediction that the internet was a madman’s pipe dream and my belief that Rolf Harris’ collaboration with Status Quo is bound to beat the X Factor winner to Christmas number one were recently surpassed by my belief that Town would be knocked out of the FA Cup by Dagenham and then lose against Wycombe.
Twelve goals scored and only one conceded truly is proof that if you have £10 to make a bet, never consult me about the best way of spending it…