Victor returns with a bang!
Well they say start the year as you mean to go on and, if so, 2012 will be wrapped in glory. It was a totally unforeseen ending with Victor Anichebe stepping off the bench after 4 months of injury to score his first goal in 22 months. Unforeseen, that is, by all except the new Oracle Ritch, who has firm in his belief at half time on how the game would unfold. It was an uncanny ending, and prediction, to a game that had 0-0 written all over it after just 5 minutes of action.
It was a ragged group of Shropshire Blues that assembled in Wetherspoons early on Sunday morning. One of our more illustrious members stuck to coke and coffee in a misguided attempt to sober up. The rest of the pack dragged out their pints as if they were a punishment for a previous life. We joined a couple of thousand other shells of humans in the away end as the cold set in in an initially lifeless Hawthorns.
A couple of substitutions with 20 minutes to go livened things up. Two forwards to accompant the earlier arrival of Magaye Gueye and a sense of expectancy emerged. A sign of intent, we might actually be trying to win the game. Victor and Dennis threw themselves into the fray and, although there was a lacking in the finer skills, their honest endeavour livened up both the team and the away support. It funny how the swish of leather against a plastic net can cure hangovers, stiff joints and multiple other ailments.
The mood back at the pub was remarkably different from before hand. Victor the miracle worker had restored our taste for beer and banter.
The games are coming fast and furious over the next couple of weeks starting with the must win (again) home game against Bolton. Landon Donovan is expected to feature at some stage. Marouanne Fellaini could return from injury as could Seamus Coleman. Come on Blue Boys - don't screw up.