Oh what a busy week it has been, one striker in, one striker out, and a cup shock at the Den.
Last Thursday saw what will be considered somewhat as a shock move, Darius Henderson moving to Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. Most Lions fans were thinking, “Why let him go, especially on a free?”
Henderson’s goals basically kept us up last season. Yes people say that the Keogh & Kane partnership in the last seven games helped and yes they done exceptionally, but we would’ve been long gone if it wasn’t for Hendo. Even this season, he didn’t play many games but was on seven goals.
But then you come to the other side of Hendo. First, his injuries, he always seems to have a knock or sprain, for a big strong player he seems to be made of glass. Then there is his high wages, it came out after the transfer that Henderson was on £16k-a-week, which came as a shock to me.
Then there is his pending court case, he could be sent down to prison come March if the decision goes against him. So by March we could be laughing at how we saved over £120k in wages, or he could be not found guilty and stay at Forest…
This left most ‘Wall faithful in a panic for the Friday game against Villa. “who will we play upfront?”
I was happy to see local lad John Marquis getting a start, a youngster who has become the latest boo-boy over the last couple years, but he is still young! Fans ask for youngsters to be given a go, and when they do, they get abuse.
And what a night it was for John, heading the winner a minute from time to put the Lions through against top flight opposition.
When Villa went 1-0 up through a scuffed Darren Bent effort I thought it was going to be like recent years against Premier League sides, getting our belly’s rubbed as the other team get a easy ride.
Oh but this wasn’t the case…
I said last week about a young Villa side being intimidated by an atmosphere that a special night The Den can create, that is exactly what happened.
And a special mention to the man-mountain that is Danny Shittu, a goal from a corner to equalise, and his celebration was class, an explosion of true emotion. He did not put a foot wrong all game, all down the Den love him.
The draw for the 5th round saw the Lions receive a winnable tie against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Yes they have beat Norwich and Wolves in previous rounds, but surely this can be their time they go out?
The league is the most important thing, but the cup is a nice distraction…