Even with summer signing Jordan Rhodes on great goalscoring form, it was good to have our talisman Mason Bennett back from injury ahead of our somewhat terrifying trip to Munich to play Bayern in the Champions League. Here he is acting as the fulcrum in the attack in his first game back against Birmingham City. The first goal is a classic piece of poaching, but the second is even more encouraging – a brilliant assist which shows unselfishness and sound decision making:
Our first home game in the Champions League against Olympiakos went exactly to plan in the form of a dour one-nil win for the home team, with the only goal coming from a scorching free kick from right-back Adam Matthews.
Against Bayern, we defended heroically but were powerless to stop two incisive finishes from Mario Gomez. Tony Watt scrambled the ball over the line from a corner to give us some hope, but it took a straight red card for Rafinha to give us a real chance. Even then, our attacks were absorbed by their well-organised defence, until the third minute of extra time:
Meantime on the home front, Mason Bennett powered the club to the top of the table (although Arsenal have a game in hand over us) for the first time since our return to the top division, with a cracking one-man demolition of Norwich City:
Our next few matches will go along way to determining the course of our season – a double header against Juventus, and a visit to Old Trafford to find out what ‘El Loco’ has brought to the champions. Our current form means we don’t have to fear anyone: