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A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE.

Byline: Paul Dixon

OUR season at the moment, is like one of those compilation CDs that get rushed out on Father's Day and the like.

I have one in the car at the moment, purporting to be songs listened to by macho truckers, it suggests, sadly, that our knights of the road far from living on a diet of Yorkie Bars, fry ups the size of Rutland and Motorhead, now prefer Cous-Cous and Mike and the Mechanics.

Ropey album tracks by groups who lasted no longer than a Zsa Zsa Gabor husband, are mixed with genuine diamonds you haven't heard for ages.

The 'fun' is not to read the track listing so you can skip stuff like 'American woman' by The Guess Who and 'Keep on truckin' by Hot Tuna.

It would be less stressful to do that with our performances, but as with last Saturday, you just can't judge which ones to skip.

We bounced back well enough against something alleging to be a Leeds team, and scored a couple of pretty decent goals along the way.

As ever with us though, the 'reward' doesn't fit the achievement.

Al City, it goes without saying, will be a different proposition altogether. Whilst we will have to go with more firstteamers than is usual in this harshly ignored competi-tion, Pellegrini can simply pull 11 names from a hat, and still have 50 million quid sitting on the bench.

The attendance against Leeds, even with a large away support, proves that even if the club's stated aim is to treat cup competitions like Divas treat minions, supporters still have the capacity to dream.

Oh I know the manager is making the right noises, but I'm willing to bet that defeat against Al City will be forgotten before the showers are switched on.

Tonight is a tough test, and the first of our October test of character.

Everton are still adapting to Roberto Martinez, but we musn't, on any account, give away freekicks, well, anywhere within a five-mile radius of the ground.

In current form, Baines could put a free-kick between Suarez's teeth without hitting enamel.

I'm going to leave this newspaper's experts to the post-match stuff.

But it goes without saying that by 10p m this evening I hope I've been listening to Black Sabbath, and not Black Lace.

blackadderboy@yahoo.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 30, 2013
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