Archive for April, 2017
This wasn’t a poor show by any means, it was so bad it’s hard to describe it!!! Our defending has been questionable for many a year, certainly since Carra went into pundit land. Only I can’t remember them being as bad as they were in this game. Little Phil scored one of the best free kick goals we’ve scored for a long time but after that it was downhill to nowhere land and nobody could stop the slide.
Me old Parish Priest would have been turning in his grave at the thought of football on Easter Sunday. At The Hawthorns we saw the many faces of Liverpool and we seem to have more faces than Big Ben. I don’t think anyone can say too much about the first forty-five minutes other than it was dire. We didn’t look like a side chasing anything but when Firmino scored in the sixty seconds which had been added on it seemed a bit of a bonus. The opening twenty minutes of the second half saw us playing with a bit style and when the ball landed in the proximity of James Milner with a what amounted to an empty net in front of him we expected we’d be moving closer to the comfort zone, alas the ball ended in the crowd. Then we heard the air raid sirens as a Pullis team reverted to type but we got bodies in the way; Mignolet made a save and although it wasn’t pretty to watch we somehow kept the Baggies at a safe distance. The last few minutes had to be some of the weirdest in football I’ve seen as the Albion keeper joined the attack. Mind you in football there’s often a show stopper and when we sent on Alberto Moreno for the last minute or so I hoped he’d be kept as far away from our penalty area as possible. That was the case but when he had the ball just inside their half and the goalkeeper closer to our goal than his own Alberto still managed to have everyone talking about him. At the final whistle we could laugh about it but as his forty yarder rolled past the empty net I don’t think he was top of anybodies Easter Egg list.
ISSUE 232 HAS NOW SOLD OUT;
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE
On the first really spring like day of the season Stokes still not a very nice place to go especially when it looks like half the teams on sick parade. After a few defeats old ‘Useless’ is starting to walk a thin line so I think we knew what to expect from a team that can still call on a bit of brute force if the case needs it. The likes of Shawcross and Walters must have been whetting their lips when they saw our starting eleven with Ben Woodburn and TAA in the line up. However, neither Woodburn nor TAA did too much wrong in the first half it was just the rest of team which looked out of sorts and out of shape and we didn’t muster what you’d call a serious threat to the Stoke goal. Stoke were no great shakes either but if anyone was going to score it was them and that happened five minutes before halftime when the Bitter fan Walters scored another goal against us. We might have had a penalty just before the goal came but that couldn’t be any excuse for such a woeful 45-minutes.
Then The Kaiser acted and brought on the Boys from Brazil in exchange for the two teenagers, reverted back to type, round pegs in round holes etc; and we took it from there. Although, as ever these days, our defending was still questionable we did carry some threat going forward. Firmino, Coutinho and Lovren all went close – shots saved and hitting the bar – before Little Phil who by all accounts had spent most of the week in the loo banged one in. The away end erupted as our players raced back to the centre circle wanting to get back at the Pottery men. Two minutes later Firmino lashed in a wonder goal and we could all sing in the sunshine. However, as Jürgen said, Mignolet rescued us a couple of times when Stoke fought back. Only we got there in the end but it didn’t look like that at halftime.