Well it went well for the first 25 seconds, a threatening through ball aimed at Dzeko was coolly dealt with by Mike Williamson, a neat pass to Anita and all would be ok…..except Anita pathetically mis-controlled and then stupidly invited Dzeko to fall over a weak out stretched foot!
Now I have got nothing personal against Vurnon Anita, but that surely has to be that, his apology of a performance against Leicester and his often weak showings when he gets a chance, means enough is enough.
Around me at the match, people say that he comes from an excellent background, but he has been here quite a while now and shown exactly nowt…… Door please.
Mehdi Abeid every time for me and while we did concede with him on the pitch, he showed far more and is surely ready for a run in the team.
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Quite what the likes of our better players are thinking right now is open to conjecture, but I can guess Moussa Sissoko will be on the phone to his agent today saying something along the lines of ‘get me the f%# out of here’.
Poor Tim Krul must be fed up of playing behind that defence and could be doing something similar.
What about our gem Ayoze Perez, playing with very little support from the others, but don’t worry everyone because we can always rely on Gouffran!
A word about our opponents, the team who we beat quite easily earlier in the season. Being honest, the team on Saturday was no better than that vanquished team, but we were lacking everything. Man City are beatable at home, ask Stoke and errr us, hell even Hull got a point and should have had 3, but giving them a goal after a few seconds is unforgivable and gave them a chance to relax and play without nerves.
The chap to my right analysed what was wrong, he obviously had more tactical knowledge than me because he managed to make good sense, but we both reached the same conclusion – ‘totally embarrassing and sh*t’.
Chant of the day had to be ‘Have you ever won the intertoto cup?’, however the Liam and Noel wannabes to our right missed the joke and carried on with their irritating gloating.
For the second game in a row my mind wandered and the cost of the trip came into my head, now it is my fault that I like to stay away but it was quite astounding when thought about.
2 x tickets £88 + £2 admin
Petrol £30 ish
Hotel (optional) £90
Taxi Fares £25
It is over £200 before the numerous beers and obligatory curry, I reckon I could go to Benidorm for a week of sun cheaper than that….. so what is my point?
Well not got one really, I just hope if one of these over paid footballers read this, or even John Carver himself, then they might put a bit of effort in next time, the cost of following football is not cheap yet the wages get higher and higher, how about offering the fans their ticket money back?
So it’s official, football is again not fun anymore, next weekend I just know more of my middle aged mates will be looking for excuses not to come back. Wwell guys it does not wash with me, if you want to go to B & Q go on Wednesday as it’s 10% off day for pensioners, as for shopping with the missus…..really?
If there is one opponent you need to play when you are on the crest of a slump it has to be Aston Villa and their bed sheet brigade. They are at best as bad as us, so hammering a helpful nail into their coffin would do a lot to ease the pain of yesterday.
There is plenty going on in Newcastle next weekend and given that the planned demonstration (Pegida Anti-Islam march) has seemingly been approved, the eyes of the nation may well be on our fair city, the events will surely bring outside visitors for the march and counter demonstration and I suspect many will have mischief in mind.
I hope come next Sunday we are celebrating three points and that our fair city and its welcoming reputation remain intact.
God it’s hard to write positive stuff these days, enjoy the week.