On Tuesday evening, I enjoyed some KFC. I also indulged in some Battlefield 4, as you do. It's a pretty good game. And I also decided to watch a video lecture on terrorism and counterterrorism from an online course I was taking.
What do these three things have in common? They were all more interesting than watching us lose yet another game.
We are basiclally becoming the Philadelphia 76ers of the Football League Championship, let alone all of English football. Constant staff changes and injuries (I say constant injuries; one plagued Cauley Woodrow quite literally during the game) means this team is going downhill, fast. And we still (I think?) have the top goalscorer in the league. Amazing luck. Anyways, onto the game.
We had our first attempt of the Tuesday evening showdown as Tom Cairney and Moussa Dembele exchanged passes, before the latter attempt an off-target cutback. A minute later, Alexander Kacaniklic crossed to the youngster, whose strike was timed badly and sailed away. Unfortunate.
Jordan Graham crossed from the left of the box to Michal Zyro, the Polish striker controlling the cross before sending his strike straight into the corner of the net, past Andy Lonergan, for 1-0. In the sixth minute! Man. We replied in the form of a Jamie O'Hara shot being blocked, while a cross from Cairney was cleared. But Zyro struck again in the 13th, following a missed offside call for us. The striker's composed finish made it two as Lonergan was unable to save.
Fast forwarding to the 23rd minute, we found ourselves at 2-1, when a Jazz Richards cross met Lasse Vigen Christensen, his header sailing into the corner of the net, before McCormack sent a low effort across goal, but Zyro had us scared as his shot sliced just over the net in the 29th, reminding us who we were up against.
A buildup by us in the 42nd minute almost ended up being an own goal for the home side, as Luke Garbutt's cross was headed just wide by Wolves centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landell. Lonergan saved at point blank to stop Zyro as we went into halftime.
On 47 minutes, McCormack sent a 30-yard effort just wide of the net, before we failed to clear a corner, resulting in Matt Doherty sending a 35-yard (thirty five!) bullet into the into the bottom corner to make it 3-2. Rajiv van La Parra saw two efforts miss shortly after.
Following a variety of misses, Slaviša Jovanovic called for a double change, bringing on Emerson Hyndman for Kacaniklic, and Ryan Fredericks for Richards. Neither made a massive impact as McCormack kept making waves with his long distance attempts. Matt Smith came on for Christensen, while Cairney and O'Hara had efforts, but neither got us a goal as the game drew to a close.
At least we face Huddersfield tomorrow.