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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"In football, you can never say anything is certain. The benchmark is 38-40 points. That has always been the case. That will never change."

The somewhat rich get richer, the rather poor get poorer. That's the way TDH saw last night's match between West Ham and Birmingham.

The Whammers were constantly on the attack, Pardew mercilessly playing Ashton next to Harewood, with a recently shorn Benayoun rampaging all over the right-hand half of the pitch. TDH would be surprised if the Brum had 30 percent of the possession. And just when Bruce's Bums had managed to hold off several solid minutes of Whammer attack, Latka - yes, the guy in the white jumpsuit with the funny voice - goes and gives up the silliest of penalties.

Bruce the Elder was impassive. Bruce the Younger was losing his rag. Indeed, TDH wonders whether Bruce the Elder can be trusted with the team sheet these days. Given the near-certainty that the hopeless Brum will go down - yes, Bryan Robson, TDH thinks you can breathe easy - it wouldn't be too surprising if he just used the rest of the season to give his boy as much Premier League experience as possible.

Well, he's got about 115 minutes and counting. The lad's nose is still in one piece. The Brum defense? Still crap. And by the way, Steve, as TDH has pointed out in the past, it takes about 43 points. That may never change. Too bad, Brummies....


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I've not seen Brucie jr. play, is he any good? there may well be some nepotism there, but then I'm also aware that that allegation blighted Fat Frank's time at West Ham.

The question seems to be, does Alex have what it takes to become a great defender (and take the lampers route) or is he more likely to be a bit more like Cruyff Jr. - Jordi played for Barca under his dad, and where is he now?

7:43 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

oh, and being outside of England, I've only just heard the new, genius slang thats being used:

"I'm just off for a Sol Campbell" - trans: "I'm going to have a quick half and then go home". I wonder what our season-ticket holding friend must think?!

7:51 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Bruce the Younger seemed to have plenty of heart and to be a competent player. But he did very little to shore up the unrestrained crumminess of the Brum defense.

"Just off for a Sol Campbell" - fantastic. How about, "Give me a James Beattie?" Translation: "I want half a dozen shots placed all over the bar."

3:28 PM  

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