Not many people saw that coming. An away win at Donny which ends an awful run of results against our noisy neighbours and perpetuates the mystery of why we can’t produce results like these more often.
The return of David Mirfin and Stephen Dawson certainly helped – though Mirf going off in the second half could be a worry – but it is also a concern that the inclusion of just two players can have such a dramatic affect on the rest of the side.
However, it is one thing producing a solid away performance, quite another, it seems, coming up with an entertaining home win.
In trying to achieve the ‘win’ bit at least, Rochdale would seem to be ideal opponents. Though they beat us 2-1 in September, their season has been up and down, typified by their last six games, three of which they have won and three they have lost.
Their Boxing Day game was called off, so a United win would take us above them in the table. But with this United team nothing can be taken for granted. We’ll just have to see who turns up on the day.