Monday 8th March 2010
The Club Level seating at our stadium definitely offers some of the best views of any stadium I have visited down the years. I have been lucky enough to sit in that area on five occasions and have a 100% record result wise. Bruce Springsteen in concert and one of Brazil's games however, probably don't count and if you remove our victory over Rangers in the Emirates Cup that leaves only two that can be classed as 'competitive'!!
My first experience saw us grab two late goals to overcome Wigan a couple of seasons back and as a result of a number of people's generosity, Saturday's latest visit brought my 40th birthday celebrations to a successful conclusion!
Compared to my usual lower tier vantage point, you also get to see a totally different game I feel and if anything it demonstrates why sometimes we wonder when hearing people's opinions if they have actually attended the same match as us.
Saturday could and should have finished with the kind of scoreline that indicates a total mauling.
Even after a first half where we started very well but overall lacked a little bit of that spark, the game could have been all over as we enjoyed our interval refreshment.
Nothing compared to what was to follow however in an incredible ten minutes or so that very much could have seen Nicky go home with the match ball. It simply wasn't his day and although ultimately it didn't prove costly it certainly made it a little nervier late on than it should have been!
Three more points in the bag, as always the ultimate goal when we set out, and with the benefit of hindsight I would definitely swap all of the chances missed yesterday for Nicky's thumping headed equaliser up at Stoke last week! Confidence is the key and as long as he doesn't lose his, the goals will come.
The second half of our encounter with Porto comes next in another huge game. The atmosphere under the lights is always that little bit more special and we can very much help to create such a scenario again.
A Quarter-Final place is there for the taking...
Come on you mighty reds!
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