Well, after the absorbing encounter with Liverpool at Saturday lunchtime gone, some (cough) of our TIFOSI have stirred themselves to file their views on the doings on Barrack Road. Eyes down for a not quite so full house (harrumph).
This was a tremendous 90 minutes of football. I’ve waxed lyrical about our inability to put in a good shift for more than one period of 45 minutes, but we put that to bed against the Scousers. There were a lot of contenders for man of the match. Tiote was the player we all fell in love with a couple of years ago with an absolutely brilliant shift. Cabaye once again showed his importance to the team and has put right, not only a fairly indifferent season last year but also the charade in the latest transfer window. Williamson was very good and showed a lot of leadership qualities in the last 10 minutes as we hung on for a very impressive draw. He was shouting across the back four, getting players in position – Santon in particular who was a bit overly keen to bomb forward when we needed to hang back.
Now, Paul Dummett (I don’t care….) – his goal aside he was brilliant at the back. He won every header and made some great interceptions. When he woke up on Sunday morning he must have been on cloud nine. Given our troubles at the back at the moment (well done Joe on kyboshing a done deal for Douglas by the way) he has got to be in with a chance of starting against the broken men of wearyside next weekend. Despite the mackems clearly being absolute dog muck, I still dread that game.
Back to the Liverpool game though, we were absolutely brilliant and we couldn’t be blamed for being a little disappointed to have only drawn with them. Well done chaps – more of the same next week please!
Well….that’s unusual….Match of the Day failed to reflect the game. I thought Stevie G might as well have been getting a piggy back off the ref all game. The amount of times they were hugging and kissing through the game was sickening. All in all, what a great performance by our boys against what was, essentially, 12 men. Andre Marriner…Andre Fucking Marriner…what a pile of shit. A linesman who doesn’t know when to raise his flag until Marriner has asked ‘Englands’ Stevie G if it is ok to do so. Nosferatu and the Human Wardrobe at centre back would surely have had more of a trying time against Remy instead of Barfa but I’m picking faults in a great performance against adversity. No disrespect to Barfa like…what else could he do with punted balls to someone who is 4 ft nowt?
Well that was some afternoon. End to end, ups and downs and a cracking atmosphere to boot. SJP at its’ roaring best. Ultimately it’s a cracking draw. Before the game and at HT I’d have snapped your hands off for a point. But with 40 odd minutes on the clock the win was more than just a dream. Then within seconds football showed just how cruel it can be. I’ve heard differing opinions on the penalty decision. Everyone knows Mr Suarez doesn’t need a second invitation to take a tumble though. Harsh on MYM who was looking comfortable and will now miss the next 3 games. Most frustratingly it was all so avoidable.
Tiote was down in the box, but rather than putting it out we chose to attack. Not a counter attack either, just a long ball over the top to Hatem to chase. Then as Mr T got to his feet he managed to play Suarez onside. Piss-poor decision making all round. Other than that the lads cant be faulted for effort. Cheik revelled in his temporary captaincy, Gouffran and Remy worked their socks off and Cabaye showed his quality once more with a cracking effort from distance. Big Mike marshalled the defence against an in form attack and Paul Dummett looked every bit a PL player, popping up with a goal for good measure. Finally, credit where it’s due to AP. His team selection was spot on this afternoon and his game plan was working a treat up until the red card. The Scouser’s three massive centre halves were redundant with Hatem playing as a false nine. Equally as importantly his subs were right. Introduce Shola or Papiss into that game and you’re basically playing with 9.
Long may it continue. Lets just pray Colo’s groin heals quickly.