A game that we didn’t look like winning at all once Burton Albion scored the goal. We started well but after the goal we seemed to run out of ideas. We dragged ourselves off the canvas with a glorious free-kick and won the game with a very good assist and finish. That’s us with four wins and a draw in December and now just five points behind 2nd place.
The early signs were that we were comfortable and it was a matter of time before we opened up Burton, the home side looking very reserved and low in confidence. However a goal from nothing put that up in the air, and it was from nothing. A long throw into the box was headed clear. A terrible shot from Akins ran across the box and Ronaldo Vieira switched off, very unlike him and that cost us the goal, his afternoon would get worse before it took a huge upturn for the winner. We looked like the ideas had dried up, only Pablo Hernandez looked like linking up with Kemar Roofe who was looking lively up front. The likes of Eunan O’Kane and Pawel Cibicki were drifting through the game without having any influence whatsoever.
Now onto Gianni Vio. The set-piece coach brought in to help us make the most of our chances, and boy has it paid off. To say I was sceptical was an understatement. However that has been thrown in my face, and I don’t think I’m the only one. We look dangerous from nearly every corner and free-kick, although we need to pick who’s on them better, Gjanni Alioski for being such a good footballer can’t really take a corner, and there are plenty of others who can take one. The free-kick today caused that much confusion that Burton keeper Stephen Bywater felt the need to pull down Eunan O’Kane’s shorts to try to get a look at what was in front of him. It made no difference, he ended up with a booking and picking the ball out of his net, a brilliant free-kick from Pablo.
Not long later, around two minutes to be more specific we were in front. Ronaldo Vieira, fresh from hobbling off the pitch wrestled his man off the ball in typical Vieira fashion and thread an unbelievable pass through the heart of the Burton defence for Kemar Roofe. As we know now, if you supply Roofe with chances he puts them in the back of the net. He controlled and swept it past Bywater, the away side in front within a matter of minutes. After that we were quite good, a late scramble saw Kalvin Phillips clear off Sordell as it flashed wide and the points are on their way back to West Yorkshire. It wasn’t pretty, but for the first time this season we have gone behind and picked up not just a point, but all three.