Rotherham United captain Richard Wood said it was ‘just another day at the office’ after scoring both goals in the Wembley win over Shrewsbury Town yesterday.
Grinning from ear-to-ear Woody said, ‘What a day, you couldn’t write what’s happened today and I still can’t believe I’ve scored two in a goal.
‘Yes, I scored the goals and will probably take a bit of the limelight,’ he told Radio Sheffield, ‘but everybody has had a great season. From last season it’s credit to the staff, the fans for sticking by us and, as captain, I’m proud of every player.’
It could be that the Millers skipper played most of the game with a broken toe. He was obviously limping along in the second half, although running from one end of the pitch to the other when he scored his second goal, you wouldn’t have known that! He thinks he might have got the injury in the first half but whether it’s broken or whatever is wrong with it, Woody is just Woody and gives his all for the cause.
This is the man who was brought in by Steve Evans from Charlton but was also then sent out on loan by that same Manager to Crawley Town, which was a bit of a puzzle to us all at times. A bit more puzzling was when Evans, just a few weeks before he left the Millers, then sent Woody out again on loan to Fleetwood Town. Then under Neil Redfearn he was sent to Chesterfield with us fans wondering what on earth was either wrong with Woody or wrong with managers.
Then in came Neil Warnock who brought the defender back and, since then, he’s been mostly in the team and Paul Warne gave him the captains armband when Lee Frecklington left for Lincoln.
And since then he’s certainly played a captains game. He’s the old head in the camp (though he does often put his head where others would fear to put their whole bodies), the sensible one (if he’s not wandering round Wembley with a hat with a brick stuck in it!), Mr Reliable.
Yesterday was the first time Woody has scored twice in one game, the first time he’d played at Wembley.
The man did good.