Anyone who left last night’s game early will be kicking themselves this morning!
Before this season started, most people accepted that the Championship was going to be a hard league to play in.
We all worried then, and still do now, about how difficult it will be to gain promotion from a very tough league – especially at the first attempt.
What we know for certain however is that this season is going to be a serious roller-coaster ride, with many ups and downs.
And it’s living up to expectations.
Two defeats in the first two games were a serious wake up call.
Five consecutive wins then followed before a depressing home defeat by Wolves and dropping two points in the last couple of minutes at Villa.
But last night’s events topped the lot!!
With 20 minutes to go, United went 3-1 down following a wicked deflection. If Norwich could have sat on that score for any length of time, the game was surely theirs.
What happened almost immediately though was key.
Shelvey got the ball and hit a 60 yarder “route 1” which was brilliantly brought down by Gayle who slotted home.
Back to 2-3 and game on.
But the best was yet to come.
We reached 90 minutes with the Canaries still leading but crucially six extra minutes were added by the referee, presumably to compensate for time wasting by the visitors.
Even then, getting back into it seemed like a remote possibility as the clock ticked down.
Then bang! United levelled through Gouffran in the fifth minute of extra time.
A sigh of relief and a precious point saved we thought, but United had other ideas!
Incredibly, within a minute it was 4-3 to the Magpies with Shelvey, Mitrovic and Gayle involved.
Roller-Coater ride? This was more like the waltzer!
If this win is going to be typical of the “Rafalution”, make sure you are strapped in tight for the ride.
There is a long way to go in this topsy turvy season, with a lot of good teams to play. However results such as this are the sort of thing that can make the difference between promotion or disappointment.
As long as they go in our favour!
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