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I’m Going To Be Controversial…Man City Were To Blame For That First Goal

6 years ago
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The new season has started, all of the first weekend’s matches have been played, and if you look at the table at this early stage, we’re bottom of the league after playing Man City.

However, I’m not going to have a go at Pardew, Ashley or any of the players for that.  I’m not going to say that we haven’t brought enough top players in, or say that the squad isn’t good enough for the Premier League, comment on the difference of our bench to Man City’s, or indeed be negative in any way, if I can help it.

It’s early days. One match. I for one thought we played well and at times outplayed Man City’s team of world class millionaires and current Premier League players.

We could say that the first goal was Williamson’s fault for stepping out of the defence, or Coloccini’s for holding too deep, getting sucked across to cover Dzeko, perhaps Janmaat’s fault for not picking up Silva, Anita’s for not getting back quick enough or Krul’s for not saving Silva’s shot.

I’m going to be controversial and say that it had small elements of all of those circumstances, but will actually, wait for it, put the goal down to a brilliant pass by Yaya Toure, who maybe should have been pressed on the ball, a great run, touch and back heel by Dzeko and a fantastic gambling run and finish by Silva.  There, I’ve said it.  The Man City players were more to blame for a moment of magic than any of ours were for switching off, being out of position…etc. etc.

I was proud of our overall performance.  We needed some luck and great finishing, but didn’t have either.  Man City players were booked for cynical fouls at points where we could have got into the box in dangerous positions.  They were clever.  I thought that Riviere looked a bit nervous and snatched too early, but he also looked strong and played well against Vincent Kompany, in my opinion one of the best defenders in the world, and Demechelis, fresh from the World Cup Final.  Give him time to settle.  He may come good.  Some of the best players the world has seen, have initially struggled in the Premiership.

There were some decent performances, with Colback and Cabella the pick of the bunch for me.  The subs did ok when they came on, especially when you look at the quality of the  defenders and midfielders they were up against.  We also have Santon, Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Ferreyra, Yanga-Mbiwa and Siem De Jong to come into the match day squad.  Tiote, if we keep him, and De Jong, are the two I’m most looking forward to seeing in the first team.  Could Ferreyra turn out to be a surprise asset for us?  We don’t know yet.

Surprise asset?

The season has just started and already many are being negative, but they seem to be in the minority.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some go too far.  I wasn’t going to write again for The Mag, because of the negativity and personal attacks from people, if they disagreed with anything said, last season.

A lot of the negativity towards the club was deserved and we were appalling after Christmas.  It felt like one of those blockbuster films, King Kong, for example, where there’s a point of extreme hopelessness when the actors are stranded in a ravine, being eaten by giant bugs.  We haven’t got a massive, King Kong like signing, but I think we are going in the right direction with players like Cabella and De Jong.

Who knows what will happen?  We may not win anything, again. We may be bloody awful, I sincerely hope not and don’t think we will.  I think we’ll give some teams a shock when we get up and running and am looking forward to the rest of the season.  It would be great to sign a top class, proven striker and a strong, clever and quick centre half, but I doubt that we will.  I’m not going to be too disappointed if we don’t.

I was too ill to go to the match on Sunday, not even well enough to sit in my wheelchair, and was absolutely gutted to miss the start of the season, left to watch it in bed on Sky. So, I’m still, partly, in that excited, waiting for the season to start frame of mind, not well enough to travel to Villa, but am determined to see the Palace game.  If you’re in that mode you may like to read this.

I’m trying to be optimistic and look at the positives as much as possible.  I hope Pardew succeeds, because for him to be in a position to get sacked we will have to lose game after game and I don’t want that to happen.

I’ve met him a few times and he seems like a nice bloke, but that means nothing if he can’t manage the team.  I really hope it comes together for him.

A lot has happened to me, personally, over the last year or so and I think about the two lads who lost their lives on Flight MH17, along with other fans who may have left us recently.

It really puts it all into perspective, but doesn’t make it any less important.  This is in our blood.

We will support the team in the bloody awful new black ‘n’ white shirts, adorned with a logo that neither I nor my kids will wear, through thick and thin, despite the politics and whatever goes on in the background.

I hope Ashley buys into Rangers, decides that he wants to sell up here and goes.  That would be great, but I am not holding my breath and also trying not to think of any Vincent Tans, waiting in the wings.

More than anything, I’m just want to watch some good football this season and hope to have more and more to cheer about.  Here’s hoping.

Howay the lads!

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