Football. Bloody hell. At the 89th minute of Wednesday evening's clash, I had this article mostly written out in my head. A story of frustration, tactical obscurity, and 2 points dropped. However, these plans were thrown up in the air (along with the Hammy End's clappers), as a certain super Serb headed home a 90+4th minute winner. Let's take a look at the 5 main talking points.
I remember reading through a passage in a book a few years ago that analysed the great Porto team that won the Champions League in 2004 under José Mourinho. That section of text opened my eyes to a new football. Well, a new phrase. The "transition". It was big, it was shiny and it was certainly new in the early years of José. It was modern football before football was, well, modern.
A 1-1 draw against Derby County at Pride Park is no reason to be downbeat or crestfallen as our unbeaten record on Friday evenings is still very much intact. A small triumph, you could say, and amongst the Wayne Rooney rectum sniffing fest, the Whites managed to restore face, kind of, after last Saturday's gale force flogging.
On this week's Xtra podcast Dom Betts was joined by Love Sport's George Riley as they look ahead to Friday's clash at Pride Park with former Derby defender Marc Edworthy, as well as speaking to former Fulham striker Paul Peschisolido.