Two games, three idiots. It was Nolan against Millwall, and Taylor and Probert tonight. Two excellent penalty shouts were ignored by Probert before he remembered where the spot was, but then Taylor put in his bid for Twat of the Season, getting himself sent off for barging into the guy who had given us the penalty!
So, who gets your award? Nolan for that foul against Millwall, Collison for cleaning up Kebe or Taylor tonight? O'Brien's dismissal was stupid but not really in the same league.
Given we were playing with 10 men, you have to see this as a point won, but I have a horrible feeling that Allardyce's substitutions cost us. True Maynard forced an excellent save from Davis, but we missed Cole's physical presence after he was withdrawn and the ball kept coming back far too quickly when we tried to clear our lines. With the Southampton goal coming from a set piece, you also feel that Cole might have been useful defensively. Meanwhile O'Neil again offered very little. His introduction was a signal to the rest of the team to retreat - exactly as against Millwall. Vaz Te was a thorn in the side of the Southampton defence and when he came off, Southampton were free to pour forward. And of course, Vaz Te is a big lump and O'Neil isn't so we were again weaker when defending a set piece. How ironic!
Yet again, we failed to score more than once in a game, and yet again we failed to score from open play - but Davis was as heroic as Green tonight, and with ten men, there was a valid excuse.
Birmingham's draw was great news, but Cardiff and Blackpool have edged closer. The game at Blackpool is now huge - and Avram Grant's side won there if you remember. We go into the game without both Taylor and Nolan so hopefully nobody else will pick up the idiot mantle!
Green made three excellent saves, Noble led by example, Faubert had another fine game and was exhausted come the final whistle and the whole defence worked well as a unit. But for Taylor, we would have won the game comfortably. I hope Allardyce gives him a rocket!