1146 on a Sunday night and I’ve just arrived yem in beautiful Lewisham. The match report has been delayed slightly as my friend (aye, I have one) and I decided to stay on in Southampton for a couple of hours because: a) we wanted to dissect what we thought was an excellent performance and b) we found a pub called the Rockstone that was so good we contemplated moving in. If you ever find yourself down there, or you head there next season (we’ll be playing Southampton again as there’s NEE CHANCE we’re getting relegated), pop in for some cracking beer and superb bait.
To the match then. The team announced before kick-off. NEE MIKEL MERINO WHAT’S GANNIN ON HERE LIKE? AM GANNIN YEM. A FEEL LIKE CRYING. That was my initial reaction on receiving the news that our newly permanently signed dashing Spaniard wasn’t starting. However, after the 30 seconds of hyper-ventilation subsided, we realised Clark wasn’t in the line-up either and then we thought, of course, 2 lads who’d played for their countries midweek, haven’t been around for training and the match plan, and might be a little tired probably weren’t in Rafa’s envisaged starting 11 for this match once the final whistle had gone against Liverpool 2 weeks ago. Hayden and Lejeune came into the side and both, as we all know, ended up having significant impacts on the game.
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