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Sunday, March 12, 2006

"I'm much more mature than I was 12 months ago."

Well, the honeymoon on Tyneside is over. Nothing like England's introspective Leo Tolstoy to bring the Magpies back down to earth, eh? The young Charles Dickens wrote a new chapter in Roeder's short history, after Ramage left a preposition dangling temptingly in front of him. And Cervantes wasn't done yet, sending Given the wrong way with an impetuously sollipsistic strike.

TDH was starting to take comfort from the fact that the lads held the Red Mist at bay for the next 80 minutes, but then TDH remembered that this was basically because of Given and Parker, the usual stalwarts. The Toon are still some distance from reaching the next level. European hopes may be dashed after the next couple of results. It will be an important summer.


Other results, in brief:
  • No one could have been more surprised than TDH that Bolton, not West Ham, provided most of the entertainment in their fast-paced tie yesterday.
  • Normal service was resumed as the Merengues slept through a 0-0 draw with Valencia that contained about one percent of the football in the Champions League match of the identical scoreline.
  • Mourinho and his players still love each other madly.
  • Boro can beat Roma but not Darren Bent.
  • Why did Pompey's first victory under Harry have to come against dear old City? It ain't right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that was a pasting...Man U were awesmome and it should have been at least 5-0 to them. I think our defense really got found out. Their supposed rehabilitation is nowhere near complete. We played some good football is between Manu U peppering our goal with shots, but it all went to shit once we got near their their penalty area. A big reality check.

3:42 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I have to say, Ramage looked like a bit of a donkey yesterday. Granted, I've not seen much of him, but if he's your best defender, you need four new ones.

And in italy, it's the Champions league or FA for us this season...

6:06 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Well, Ramage always looks like a donkey, but that's a result of lousy genes. As for his playing, it's been very solid all season - he just doesn't have the stuff to go up against the young William Faulkner.

Here's my dream summer: Shola - out; Boumsong - bench (no one would pay enough to make it worth selling him); Elliott - retirement; at least two quality defenders and one quality striker - in.

5:53 PM  

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