So, Aaron Ramsey’s return to Cardiff colours was indeed as short and sweet as we feared.
Ironically predictable that the day after his finest performance in the Bluebirds shirt, capped with a classy goal, comes the announcement that Arsenal will indeed recall Rambo after Saturday’s game at Hull.
Arsene Wenger’s already talking about him playing in next week’s FA Cup replay against Leyton Orient.
There was always a chance it would happen this way, and I suppose you have to look on the whole episode as a bonus for all concerned. He certainly gave Cardiff a lift, and it was a pleasure to see such a wonderfully gifted young player turning out for his hometown club one last time.
What is it the Romans used to say? Hail and farewell…
Now, of course, or at least after Saturday. Cardiff need to manage without him. Hopefully they can take all the positives from last night’s crucial win against Leicester, and move on. At least, after Hull, their formidably tough run of fixtures does show some signs of easing – although with the topsy-turvy Championship the way it is, who knows?
As for Swansea, what a terrific win for them at Coventry, surging up into second place thanks to Preston equalising at Forest about 75 minutes into injury time!
The way the Swans have bounced back after that South Wales derby defeat by the Bluebirds has been simply stunning – all sparked, of course, by recovering from three-one down to record that remarkable victory at Middlesbrough. I think they saved their season there and then.
Three wins on the trot, and Leeds at home on Saturday. They really are on a roll, and who can say where it will end? QPR just keep going at the top, but Swansea must now really fancy themselves for that second automatic promotion spot. Although others will of course feel the same.
Interesting attitudes all round, though. As things stand, and after last season, QPR, Forest and Cardiff would all be massively disappointed to end up in the play-offs. I don’t believe that goes for Leeds or Norwich. As for the Swans – I think their own expectations may just be changing.
And just a word on the Blue Square Premier. Great win for Wrexham at leaders Wimbledon after that alarming 7-2 (!) home defeat on Saturday, and against all the trouble and turmoil at the club.
Crawley still look huge favourites for the top spot with all their games in hand, but let’s hope the Dragons can nail that play-off place. Newport look a little way off- – but a good run in, and you never know.
I won’t even look up the bookie’s odds on Swansea, Cardiff, Wrexham and Newport all going up in the same season!