In a weekend of derby encounters, it’s little wonder there was plenty to talk about on the football front. You just don’t expect the resurrection of an 80s dance craze to be one of them.
Here are some things we learned this weekend in football...
Dan Jones is a big ghetto blaster short of an old school revival
Chesterfield defender - and former Owl - Dan Jones, is too young to have been into breakdancing; born in 1986 the craze was on its way out by then. But Jones must surely have had an uncle he looked up to who was keeping the beats alive back in the day - rolling out the lino on the mean streets of Rowley Regis, bedecked in a fire hazard of a tracksuit and carrying a tape player the size of a garage... because the boy has skills. It took a hefty challenge to bring out the best in him, but Sheffield United’s Michael Higdon put in a tackle that hit Jones like a time machine and sent the left back poppin’ and droppin’ all over the floor of the Proact. All joking aside, Higdon’s challenge was shocking and deserving of a red card, but there really was no need for Jones’ reaction. I like to think he was suitably ripped in the changing room for the antics, which have turned him into something of an internet hit over the past couple of days...and not in a good way.
Keiren Westwood is too good for the Championship
Their form has been superb this season already and having hardly shelled out a lot for Keiren Westwood and Tom Lees, the signings have to be seen as some of the best business in the Championship this season. However, with each passing week you begin to wonder just why on earth the Republic of Ireland international - he should be their number one too, by the way - is playing in the second tier of English football. On current form there is no one in this league better and after pulling off a string of saves to keep Wednesday in the game during their 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road, it became all the more clear that he should be playing at a higher level. Westwood has been on the sidelines a lot in recent years, but now he’s playing regularly there are sure to be a number of Premier League managers who are wondering how they let this one slip by. Their loss is very much Stuart Gray’s gain.
Inconsistency is still bringing too much focus on match officials
Before I go into this I will state for the record that Chesterfield were deserving of their victory over Sheffield United on Saturday. They worked hard, and took their chances when they came along and continue to prove wrong, those who thought they would struggle in League One. However, football is a land of ifs and buts and you have to wonder what might have been had Georg Margreitter been given a red card - as should have been the case - when he hauled down Jamie Murphy in the 18th minute as the Blades winger was racing through on goal. At that stage, with the match scoreless, it’s hard to deny that the course of the game would have changed dramatically. As it turned out Chesterfield scored soon after, with a great strike by Jimmy Ryan, and then, arguably clouded by frustration, Higdon is sent off for his tackle on Jones. Blades boss Nigel Clough knows his side didn’t play as well as they could and should have, but there’s no doubting decisons went against his side - he had a catalogue of complaints, arguing against a goal being disallowed, one being awarded to the Spireites and of course the non-dismissal of Margreitter. Clough knows anyone can have an off day, but poor decisions, like those made by Mark Brown on Saturday can prove costly in the short and long term.