Out of the Box Barnsley – Part 23: Spring Forward

Happy moving day! A phrase usually reserved for another sport, or more realistically the act of purchasing a new home. In this case though it’s every bit as appropriate as it’s the middle section of the season, where we pick up on a Thursday evening just as the clocks are about to go back. That extra hour of sleeping (if you don’t have children, otherwise it’s just a 25 hour day) (with one less hour spent sleeping) will hopefully empower us to a successful winter, including two more trophies and a passage to the latter stages of others. Now that my friends is an intro.

Leeds look dull don’t they? Scored 9, conceded 9. Well it’s 10 and 10 now as they bore us into conceding to Cliffort the big red dog.

Our Champions League progression looks to be assured thanks to this thrashing of last season’s beaten finalists. Losing two centre backs in a few minutes though…that’s not usually good

Ah. That’s a big problem. Luckily Broomes is only out for a week, so I move to recall the Blanc regen from his holiday in France.

Rio also fancies some time off and Rob Page is working overtime. We did the damage early though so it becomes future Dave’s problem.

Man Utd are challenging again but they can’t get near us here. A routine win.

We only need a point to progress but we take all 3 thanks to Bakayoko and young Digby. Last 8 awaits.

Rubber stamped

Back to league business and the freight train from hell rolls on. Ronaldo at the double but there is bad news…

A month at this time of year is about 7 games. I hope Watson has found his hands.

He hasn’t. He concedes both shots on target in Brazil as a 2-0 lead evaporates but Henry saves us all the prospect of 30 added minutes.

A flight back from Japan plus the time difference…not many hours later we are in Southampton for a Pointless Cup tie. Normally I would throw it but as I want to win everything that isn’t an option. Being 3-0 up at half time negates the need for worry.

A lot of work to be done yet.

A stoic Everton side keep us out for an hour and look set to give us a Champing when they snatch the lead. Luckily Ronny levels and young Digby arrives off the bench to win it. A good week.

There’s some aching bodies though so I sacrifice the game in Madrid. We are through regardless so the reserves losing 4-0 doesn’t bother me.

See?

What a mix of teams this is. Liverpool over two leagues is not ideal but I’d like to play Aberdeen or FC Tirol if we get through please.

A hard fought win at Spurs keeps the momentum going.

Relegation threatened Leicester do not have tools to worry us.

Sunderland have caused us problems before but thankfully they barely land a jab this Boxing Day.

But then a body blow. We’ve been on a great run but Wolves have too much for us in a difficult first half.

The FA Cup third round taking place on New Year’s Day would be an interesting concept. First Division Altrincham give us a tough run but we still win through.

For crying out loud. It’s a repeat of last year’s final.

Euro Super Cup! We fall behind and I’m glad it’s two legs…then we score 3 in 8 minutes and I wish we didn’t have to go to Italy for the next leg. Bakayoko adds a fourth to ensure it should just be a jolly.

Oxford are the next to leave Oakwell with nothing.

Another cup as we head to Pride Park for a Pointless Cup Quarter Final. That sets up a 2 legged semi final with…

Leeds.

An awkward game at Carrow Road is settled early on by Thierry. We had to withstand a barrage late on but nevertheless, on we go.

Back to the FA Cup and it’s another war with the mackems. This time though we go 3-0 and 4-1 ahead and it’s round 5 for us.

That should be winnable.

A topsy turvy draw in Italy means we add the Euro Super Cup to the World Club Cup and the Charity Shield.

Kev…what are you up to?

We finish with a 4-0 win in the war of the roses. Nice.

Well that concludes a very successful winter. A 10 point lead and two more cups in the cabinet. Dominance.

We’ll be back next week to try and complete the clean sweep. And by complete I mean, largely start. We need the domestic treble and the Champions League, so that’s going to take some effort. Do join me to see if we can achieve it though, see you back here next week

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