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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Gutted

Like a fish.

TDH arrived back in sunny Buenos Aires this morning, and before long had found that there were now five, not four, channels devoted to football 24-7. A good sign. And then, after doing the shopping, TDH returned to find live pictures being piped from St. James's Park on ESPN+. A moment of serendipity? A fortuitous return? Dream on.

What a disaster it was. The youngsters were finally found out. Huntingforaclue couldn't cope at the back, and Pattihearst hit so many passes to the opposition that TDH ran out of fingers and toes. With no Parker or Emre to protect the back one-and-a-half, Butt did his best. But his best was not enough. And with Dyer, Oba and Antoine running fiercely but linking up only sporadically, there was little we could do but take our whuppin'.

The pain, the pain. Bruce's Brum Bums looked flaccid through much of the first half, but they kept up the pressure in the second. So, we're a Cup team, are we? Not if we're not in any Cups. Let's hope Europe offers us a tad more joy.

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Meanwhile, back in Argentina, the locals are crowing over their expatriate stars. Saviola's occasionally unintentional brilliance has been re-enacted countless times on several channels and, less excitingly, in the press. Gago and Higuain have received their share of the headlines, as has the resurgent - hurrah! - Aguero.

Soon the season will begin again, TDH will be at Independiente and all will be right with the world. That is, if we win the UEFA Cup.

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Finally, Posh Spice's husband to MLS for up to $50 million a year? Is it a return to NASL-era celebrity hearse-chasing?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Palms said...

Welsome back AG. Although you're return to Argentina manages to coincide with the most shameful night since....ooh Sheffield United at home. I suggest you leave the country immediately for the good of the rest of our season. No time for you bags, there's a taxi for the airport waiting.

Basically as you say, we got found out. Quite frankly, with the good luck we've had over the course of our generally good run, we were due for a drubbing. just a shame it happened against Brum and in front of an international tv audience (and a pitful 26,000 crowd, which gives more ammunition to the 'where were you when you were shit' denigraters). To be fair, the kids have been rushed into the team far too soon. Instead of introducing one or two into the side, Roeder had had to make up a defence with extremely inexperienced academy graduates. This result was inevitable. The silver lining being that it came in the FA cup and not the UEFA (which I still believe is our best chance of silverwear) or the league.

Keep you chin up lads, we'll still nick that champions league place on the last day of the season.

p.s. Pattison is poo. He has been everytime I've seen him play. He plays like I would play if Roader suddenly put me in: scampering around in a desperate attempt to impress before shinning it to the opposition at every opportunity.

8:05 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

palmer, you do yourself down. You're faster and a better passer than Pattison.

Must say I'm rapidly losing interest in the 'best league in the world'. There are only two consistently decent teams.

And I've realised that you can now generally turn off an Arsenal game after 20 minutes, if they haven't scored by then. In such cases they'll lose petulantly or get by on a lucky goal. If they have, you have to watch the rest as they'll score another 5 and boost the goals for column.

TDH - what news of el burro, Ortega? I hear he's doing his best Paul Gascoigne impression, with more lobs over the goal keeper and marginally fewer shots of tequila. What's the word on the street?

1:22 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Well, Mara, perhaps it's the hangover from the holiday fixture glut. I can't imagine any of these teams getting too excited about their football until next month.

I read a newspaper article on Burrito Ortega; there was a photo of him surrounded by kids, the little scamp somehow now a figure of age and wisdom. I don't expect anything incredible, but then again, the quality of this league may be dropping as its stars get poached younger and younger. And it only produces a defender like Ayala once every 20 years.

In the meantime, CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW WE MISSED OUT ON LAUREN? I don't care if he's mad - we needed a hard man who could play on the wings. Gutted again.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

I too am kind of perplexed at the lack of interest shown in Lauren by us. And Calum Davenport has just signed with Blackburn. A player I wouldn've thought would be a good addition to our side.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

that should be 'would've' thought obviously.

6:43 PM  

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