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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Never taunt a Turk...

TDH was once reading a stuffy travel guide to Turkey when a particularly vivid passage intruded on the otherwise dully presented content. It read something like this: "Never challenge a Turk to a fight, because he will not stop fighting until he has won or he is unconscious."

Reading coaches, please take note. Our dear Emre, so often misnamed Belozoglu Emre by the football press (it's Emre Belözoğlu, idiots), showed exactly that sort of never-give-in attitude last night at St. James's. Now, it's fortunate that he didn't completely lose his rag before halftime, the way another volatile, stocky veteran of Turkish football - I'm talking about a certain Romanian magician here - undoubtedly would have. Instead, he stuck it to the suburbanites in the best possible way... even if it was against an American goalkeeper.

By the sound of the reports, it could have been 5-2, or maybe 5-3. What's clear is that our attackers are again capable of playing exciting football. Complaints of a lack of striking options are ringing a bit hollow, what with Antoine's form and Oba's return. We could indeed use a replacement for Rossi, who's heading back to Manure as TDH predicted. But surely the main need is a towering central defender, and perhaps a leftback as well. Please!

Finally, Palms: TDH is going to start deleting your comments if you persist in jinxing our players. Looks like I won't have to buy you that beer in Malawi after Dyer's latest crock, eh? Too bad - I was hoping I'd have to pay up. Now shut it, or I'll have to get all Brian Perkins on you.

6 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

TDH - Palms is unfortunately not Malawi based. (unless you'd be so happy that Dyer stayed fit that you'd fly him to Malawi for a drink - an event which I would welcome, having both of you over for a visit...)

11:57 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

That's right, I was going to fly him to Malawi. That's how confident I was that Kieron would be riding the pine. Anyway, you'll probably just have to settle for me, Novemberish or whenever. Definitely sometime next year.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

Christ, sorry about that...I do have an knack for this sort of thing. In fact when i was watching the 98 cup final with Mara, I remember saying to him, when sheringham came on: "Ah he's rubbish, we'll be alright now". Seconds later Sheringham put Man U 1-0 up.

So no more praise for our players from men then.

8:43 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

That was you? We'll have to buy you a ticket to Siberia if we make it to a cup final this year. We'll bring you back after we've won. For all we know, it'll be against Sheringham again.

9:07 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

That we scored an away win with key players dropping like flies is nothing short of incredible. At this rate, I can see us ending the season with Martins and seven rookies playing 8 on 11 and averaging 2 points per game. What bizarre universe have we landed in?

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

The depths we plumbed against sheff U must have sparked some sort of collective shame. We've been lucky in some of the last 8 games, but I feel thats balanced out by our injury list (which is horrendous, even by Newcastle standards). Really a decent performance on wednesday to keep up the momentum is the best we can hope for though.

12:31 AM  

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