the "we are staying up" at the final whistle was deafening that day, it was the first time since promotion i truly believe we could stay up, especially after the footballing lesson Bolton had taught us the week before!
Oh what i would do if i could see BIG Mama Sidibe come on with 10 minutes left and score another header with the back of his head to see us win the game by a goal & stay up in the premiership this season! We Will Stay Up Lads!
He broke my shin pad and cut my left shin to ribbons with a studs up challenge. It hurt like hell, but I couldn’t show it. I carried on playing until half time and when I came into the dressing room Micky Bernard was sick because he could see my shin bone.
I told Doc Crowe, “Just strap it, cause I’m gonna do the bastard.” There was revenge to be had.
There be the crux of the matter Mark. When were first promoted we were more likely (at home anyway) to get at sides and have go to try win the match. Five years and millions of quid later we seem to only want to play out 0-0s.
When you looked at the fixture list, you wondered when we'd ever get our first point.
And when we got dicked by Bolton it looked worse than ever.
And then we played the Villa.
I cant stand blarting over football, but at the end of that match...I just went.
The most excited I've ever been at a match at the end when mama scored I must have been 10ft in the air. My late dad was so proud that day, a great occasion. I actually want know how far across stoke on Trent that roar for the winner was heard, it was the loudest yet.
It's a strange quirk of fate that so many of our proudest (and most emotional, I guess) moments under TP should come in games against Villa, like this one and the one BKB mentions, as well as the draw at Villa Park in our first season up.
It's also depressing to see, reading that report, how many things we've lost since then. 'Creative'. 'Long throw'. 'Tony Pulis had been quick to address some of our shortcomings'. 'Goal'.
We can get it back Rob, just got to keep the faith.
I'm not fan of the shite we've seen at times this season, but we still have players who care and 25k screaming stokies on our side.
I've lost faith entirely mate. Will still go, still roar them on, but don't believe anything will change with the current management team.
Maybe in the long run. I'm certainly of the mind that things need to change, which let's face it, means only one thing (given TP is incapable of change). I still believe we're capable of being much much better though. Those first few matches of the season showed promise and we still have the tools at our disposal.
We just need to do what we do tomorrow. No nonsense, fully brutal football. Give em hell.