Oggy Oggy Oggy. Mooy Mooy Mooy.
Aaron Mooy was pinned to the centre of this fixture, even before a ball had been kicked, with Town fans nervously waiting to discover whether or not he would feature. Luckily for the blue and white army, David Wagner would give him a place in Saturday’s starting XI. This would prove a very wise decision, especially when Mooy repaid the faith.
Mooy’s dream start to life in the Championship continued on Saturday with another glittering performance capped off with a thunderous drive beyond the helpless Rob Green to score the game’s only goal. A goal that would leave both the Leeds fans and Gary Monk with a bitter taste in their mouths.
Moments earlier Mooy was booked for a nasty-looking tackle on Leeds captain Bridcutt who, to his credit, got straight back to his feet without any amateur dramatics. Perhaps this reaction from the Leeds skipper, the derby atmosphere or the mere nature of English football perhaps were all contributing factors that may have influenced referee Roger East to keep his red card in his pocket.
This decision would signify the difference in fortunes between the two Yorkshire clubs. Town, enjoying that little bit of luck that so regularly comes with success, whilst Leeds, have suffered the sort of ill fortune that hits a side when it is down.
United’s best moment fell to forward Chris Wood, who could not capitalise on the opportunity to steal a point, failing to connect with a header late on.
It’s common place that derbies are separated by a single goal. Matches won or lost in a single instance, be it a mistake or a moment of brilliance with the later deciding the outcome of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby.
Town welcomed the final whistle and continue their tenure at the top of Championship and would extend the gap between second place to 4 points and the gap to their neighbours by 12. Leaving Monk’s men without a win at home and a good helping of pressure added to his back, not forgetting the prickly nature of his behaviour when speaking to the club’s official TV channel.
Wagner however appeared relaxed and in good spirits and would mark his post-match interview by dismissing such superstitions of losing a football game that follows the awarding of the Manager of the Month, with the interview concluding to a chorus of laughter when the notion of a consecutive award was suggested.
Described by coaches, fans and pundits alike as “the biggest game of the season”, David Wagner and his team clearly understand the importance of this match to the clubs supporters and there is no sweeter victory than in a local derby.
Another win, another clean sheet and another goal scorer.
Ooh to be…