The Right Side Won at Everton

Last week we talked about Dani Rojas, the ways in which he might fit into Ted Lasso’s system, and how he might be the key to unlocking this AFC Richmond side. I was exactly spot on in my assessment, Dani Rojas played in just the way I said he would, the Grey Hounds became the Ghostbusters (or something), and I defy you to find a single scrap of game footage to the contrary.

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Dani Rojas: Ted Lasso’s Keymaster

Much has been made of Ted Lasso’s complete and utter lack of comprehension of the game of football. I, myself, wrote a 3,000 word piece on it just last week. But his instincts for dressing room chemistry were expected to help AFC Richmond become greater than the sum of their parts, and I walked away from that breakdown feeling surprisingly optimistic.

That is, assuming Lasso’s gamble to bench Jamie Tartt would payoff like it did in the second half against Watford, with a revitalized squad and a potentially reengaged superstar eager to finally be part of the team.

Spoiler: It did not payoff. Quite the opposite, actually.

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Five Reasons AFC Richmond will finish top five under Ted Lasso

It was shaping up to be another ho-hum Premier League season until a bit of bedroom drama in Southwest London turned all eyes to the bottom of the table. In a headline seemingly ripped from 1989’s hit comedy classic Major League, AFC Richmond’s philandering owner Rupert Mannion was forced to relinquish control of the club to his now ex-wife, Rebecca Man — errrWelton, as a result of their messy divorce saga. Maybe Mannion thought he had a hall pass? I don’t know, not my department. Regardless, it took less than two minutes for Ms. Welton to put her stamp on the side.

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HIGHLIGHTS | AFC Richmond v Watford

The Grey Hounds squared off against Watford on Saturday and…  hold on, they won? Admittedly I blacked out after the intra-squad fight. (Again, have some dignity and throw an actual punch for fuck’s sake.)

After going 2-0 down early in the first half thanks to some truly appalling defending from the “legend” Roy Kent, Tartt scored two to equalize just before the half – and his benching. The first was a beautiful solo run up the middle, beating multiple defenders before smashing one in. The second was a rather stunning curler of a free kick from just out the box after Obisanya drew the foul.

The second half was surprisingly level, and you have to wonder if the Man City loanee is hurting more than he helps. In the dying the minutes of the game, a bit of combo play in the midfield sprung THE LEGEND Roy Kent free into Watford’s box. He drew the keeper in before playing a sitter across to a wide open Obisanya for the game winner.

It’s anyone guess what happens from here with Tartt, but the rest of the side was clearly invigorated by his departure. With the January transfer window ahead, there may actually be a reason for optimism. Hell, I might even write a real piece about it.

Check out the highlights and rejoice!

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