That was the last thing I needed after staying up until God knows what time for the last three nights watching the cricket. I sat enthralled by Arsenal's performance against Chelsea yesterday; today was as exciting as watching a repeat of Songs of Praise!
Mind you, as soon as you saw the team you knew what we had in mind. Conservative would be a fair enough description, with a midfield deprived of Stanislas in favour of Boa. The full backs were restored, but when those full backs are Faubert and Ilunga, it isn't terribly inspiring is it? Faubert was merde as usual and Ilunga gave up early, as usual. He breaks down as often as a 1973 model Cortina! What was wrong with him this time? He walked off fine.
Going forward we were uninspiring. Sears set up Cole superbly, after a brilliantt Obinna pass, but Carlton was wide of the goal, at a tight angle, was being closed and had to hit it with his left foot. It was no surprise to see it roll well wide. Parker was unlucky with a lovely chip. We headed over from a corner. And Everton scored an own goal. Apart from that, did we offer anything? Boa wasted a half chance. I'm struggling to remember anything else but it is very possible that I was asleep for large chunks of the game!
Everton weren't much better. Distan missed an early chance from just about the same spot as Cole. Fellani forced a goodish save from a corner. Everton had the ball in the net but Cahill was obviously offside (mind you Tomkins should have thumped the ball clear just in case!). They scored a good goal and arguments raged about who in the West Ham defence was to blame. Spector was sucked in, leaving Coleman unmarked to score, but where was Tomkins? Trying to close the cross on the right hand corner of our box. So where was Faubert? God knows but he wasn't where he should have been. Spector or Faubert? Take your pick. Sadly both were picked by Avram, albeit the Wank initially started on the bench.
The crowd were quiet, the football was tame, bordering on lame, and both sides seemed happy enough with a point. Fulham won, Blackburn won and Blackpool won too, but we snoozed our way through to a bore draw. Whisper it quietly folks but Villa are too good to go down; and we know what happens to teams in Claret and Blue when people reach that conclusion. Let's hope the Mancs thump Birmingham tonight!
Players ratings: Green 6: Faubert 4, Tomkins 6, Upson 7, Ilunga 4; Sears 6, Kovac 5, Parker 7, Boa 5; Obinna 6, Piquionne 7 Subs: Spector 5, Cole 6 (Hines not on long enough to rate)