Poor old Rob Green must have been tossing and turning last night, ahead of today's game at Reading. God forbid his wife asked last night, "How would you fancy a holiday in the States this summer. We could fly from Manchester and stay overnight at my cousin's in Bolton."
January 1, 2007. Turds in charge. His backers claim you have to hit rock bottom first before you can start a recovery, however, although the 6-0 reverse at Reading may have seen us sink to the bottom of the barrel we were to scrape along the bottom all the way through to March 17 and that lucky, lucky, lucky win at Blackburn.
The Team of Shame that day at Reading read:
Dailly, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Konchesky
Benayoun, Reo-Coker, Bowyer
Newton, Spector and Cole all came on from the bench.
The frightening thing is that you would fancy that team to beat our current side. Dailly at right back was an obvious liability, and without Etherington, that team lacked balance on the left, just like the present team without Taylor. The present side has nobody to compete with the creativity of Yossi and none of our forwards can hold a torch to Zammo, in a Fulham shirt at least!
Green has enjoyed a shut out at Reading since but that 6-0 game must haunt him. Turds was clear on who he held responsible, not picking him in the league until February 24, when Green came back in for the 4-0 thumping at Charlton! Happy memories! Not!
Green will hope for much more protection today than he received back in 2007, but he can't be feeling great after last week's game against Burnley where the only thing he did was retrieve the ball from the back of his net.
In Platoon, Sergeant O'Neill says, "Bob, I got a bad feeling on this one", and I share his feelings. Reading will be up for this one and we look fragile, despite the great results in November. As I have kept saying, if the luck turns, we will struggle. Well the luck turned last week and Reading will be looking to take advantage. I hope I am wrong and that Rob Green's worst nightmares do not return to haunt him.
Do Reading have an American in the team? If so, put a fiver on him to score the opening goal!