Monday, 30 January 2012

The Tide

It's one thing to say something, another thing to do something. Knowing and being are two totally different concepts. but the presence of belief is a powerful thing. We took that power to the pitch on Saturday and learnt quite quickly that belief can only show you the door, it will not walk you through it. 10 minutes into the game and we were 2-0 down. And all the fire and the passion and all the goals we set ourselves couldn't stop it from happening. But what matters is not how we felt about it but what we did about it. We played, continued to play and worked our way back against that tide, minute by minute, pass by pass.

Half time came around and no face was a face of dejection, the belief was still there. We had 35 minutes to turn it around and yes, we could do it. We just needed that goal. Danny stepped up soon after the break and gave us that goal. We celebrated, drinking in that momentum, but were stopped in our tracks. The goal was disallowed. There came the turning of the tide. Last week many an angry word would have been said, a stick thrown or a head dropped. Not this time. We took that hit on the chin and simply said 'No. Not today'. And so with fire in our bellies we tried again. And then the goal came. And then the next, and the next and the next and the next. It was like a tempest, a whirlwind, a dizzying spell that saw us flying and crushed the hearts of our opponent. Never bested them before, set not to again, but then we blew them away.

It would be remiss of me not to mention some of the stunning finishes on display as well with three great goals scored from insane angles (one by myself I might add, on the reverse, but enough about that moment of inspiration!), the kind of shots that any other time could have gone embarrassingly wide. I think coach may have a problem on his hands in that respect with three different forwards now believing they can score from that position (though in our defence we should never have passed at the time). Coming off the pitch in the end I can say without any doubt that it was the finest half we've played all season and a real showcase of our ability to overcome adversity. We could have crumbled but on that day we proved why we're top and have been for so long.

And now on this wave I hope to see us ride. The momentum we have I hope will carry us through towards the fulfilment of our final goal. To be the champions. The road is clear: 5 more victories is the minimum, 7 more is the target. After play like that we've seen again what we are capable of, recaptured that elusive thirst, and now we mustn't let it go to waste. We 're going to push ourselves and everyone else forward through these next few games and show with no doubt what we will be, show them the champions. I wish I could play the next game right now.

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