As I sit here at 7am having been awake for an hour I find myself frustrated and waiting for things to happen. Things that are not within my control, and things that can impact my footballing life in a number of ways.
A season of more downs than ups comes to a head with the last four games against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Out of that #ncfc need a minimum of 4 points to get out of Dodge..
The Laurel and Hardy phrase, “Heres another fine mess you got me into” springs to mind!
Overwhelming and impossible most would say, but what is in the mindset of a player at a time like this What can influence a player to overcome apparently insurmountable odds?
It happens sometimes, it really does.
The one thing that will get you through is determination and above all the ability to keep calm while the world rages around you.
The best example I can think of:
Nine men (OK they were the SAS) in a 6 hour battle outnumbered 25 to 1. Recognised as the most heroic action the SAS ever fought, it remains a mystery to most people because it was part of a secret war, one that officially our country had no part in.
The UK governments position was that they were there as trainers. In fact they were the main driving force behind a highly effective effort to support the Sultan of Oman
And so when the first mortar shell hit just before dawn, Roger Cole swung out of his cot and onto his machine gun along with his 8 other compatriots. They had no idea they were up against 100’s of PFLO (Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman Insurgents)
The first attackers are about 500 yards out and Roger clicked his machine gun to the constant fire position.
The Battle of Mirbat had begun.
Against a well armed Communist force the SAS had an old fashioned 25 pounder artillery piece from WW2, an Anti aircraft Gun, Coles machine gun and a couple of mortars.
It is the stuff of legend how Fijian SAS member Labalaba used the 25 pounder, (designed to fire shells 7 miles) at point blank range to keep the oncoming horde at bay.
A gun designed to be operated by 4 men in battle, operated by one man.
Laba did not survive the fight, but the battle was turned by the unit CO Kealy. He ordered the teams star mortar man to fire all around the location of the 25 pounder.
One stray shell would have finished them off.
Instead, it was the straw that broke the back of the attacking insurgents. Soon after helicopters and a relief team from G Squadron turned up, It proved to be the tipping point of the war.
Laba and one other were dead and Kealy got the DSO
Carrow Road 2014
The SAS version of Rorkes Drift is what is needed at Carrow Road on Sunday..
The unstoppable Liverpool in town and just 11 men in yellow stand in the way of Suarez and the Liverpool backed onslaught on the premier league title.
Only 11 men in the face of insurmountable opposition. The team might do well to remember those 9 men who stood strong and won through. For Cole, Laba and Kealy, read Ruddy, Johnstone and Hooper!
NCFC have won through before against the top teams and at some point the luck in front of goal, (that has been totally absent this year) has to turn in our favour.
The time for the faint hearted is past, the time for punching above your weight is nigh! Death or glory boys!