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Friday, November 03, 2006

Holy crap!

That was all TDH could say upon awakening this afternoon to find the scoreline from last night's UEFA Cup tie. Nearing the computer, TDH's mind was full of dire prognostications, mostly based on the fear of what a high-flying Serie A side might do to a team with an average age of 12. But this - this was unexpected...

...and yet, should it have been? Doesn't this just prove TDH's hypothesis that the Toon are the ultimate Janus Team? Well, make Luque the Janus striker, then, too.

There are some things that we can enjoy in Europe and England, though, like having two of the best 20-year-old wingers in the world on the same squad. And to be frank, looking at the squad from last night, it doesn't actually seem that bad. If you had told TDH before the match that we'd go with a 4-5-1 of Ramage-Bramble-Moore-Taylor, Zog-Nobby-Butt-Emre-Milner, Luque, TDH probably would have said, "Well, we might just get a 0-0, perhaps 1-0 if we're insanely lucky and we steal one on the counter."

There was definitely plenty of strength in midfield to screw up the Palermo attack, and we arguably had three of our five best defenders on the pitch. Plus, TDH may be vindicated in calling for Krul to come in replacing Harper, even if the older man is getting over his case of the willies.

Well, Roeder's job is most certainly safe, barring a disaster with the Sheffies. Of course, after last night we'd have no right to be surprised if that happened, would we?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Palms said...

I wondered before had how good Palermo are. I nmean they have Marc Bresciano playing for them so how good can they be. Still, always nice to put one over a Serie A side. and you're right, our second XI doesn't look too bad. in fact is this the first time ever that we've come away from a game with something after playing 5 man midfield? i seem to recall us getting spanked on every occasion we've tried it. anyway I am delighted. It's those lucky shirts i reckon.

Oh and you'll be chuffed AG that Souness has thrown his hat into the ring for the US job. Why won't it die!?

9:44 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

TDH - you could use the same headline for last night shambles...

8:43 AM  

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