A strange thought jumped into my head this morning, while out walking:
I think of Lightbourne, Wilson, Boli, Rammell, Leitao, Fryatt, Ricketts, Deeney, Grigg, Bradshaw, even Westcarr, and recall plenty of goals- quite vividly- that were scored in front of us at the Gilbert Alsop/Purple/F2G/Tile Choice/Homeserve end.
Of Cook’s (18?) goals in the season just gone, how many of them came at “our” end, at Bescot? I cannot for the life of me recall a single, solitary one. Every one that springs to mind was either away from home, or down the pitch, at the away end.
Could this be a psychological thing, where the player is concerned? Does he tire after, say, an hour? The only “late” goal I remember from Cook is the one at Barnsley, when he’d not long come off the bench.
Is it simply an unprecedented run of in-game circumstances? Or am I talking complete bobbins? Did Cook, in fact, notch 8 or 9 at our end, all in dour, tragic games that I’ve needfully and forcibly cast from mind?