Yesterday was a truly shite day. I had to make a political speech in the morning which went very badly, then I got stuck in traffic ourside Twickenham as I had forgotten the rugby was on. While stuck in traffic I nearly ran out of petrol. I just made it to a garage as the car started to splutter. Got to Upton Park at 2.25 after a hair-raising drive through London. So I really knew that the writing was on the wall for us. What I didn’t bargain for was that the writing would be in such large print!
When Watford’s penalty was awarded I truly thought Wiley had given a goal kick. Error Number one. And it went downhill from there. There wasn’t a single flash of inspiration from anyone in the first half. The defence looked all over the place, with Calum Davenport resembling a ballerina on ice who hadn’t brought her shoes along. Lucas Neill looked half a stone overweight before he went off and Anton just ambled about like a thoroughbread race horse looking for a mare to shag.
The midfield were better, with Yossi always looking a potential threat. In the second half he went on several mazy runs which deserved better than they received – which was zero. Nigel Reo Coker was at times powerful in midfield and Matthew Etherington, although hahazed, showed signs he is getting back to form. Quashie was also better in the second half with some tough tackled and a couple of long range shots.
Up front in the first half we were as bad as I have seen all season. But I would have taken Harewood off rather than Zamora. At least Carlos would have then taken the penalty and become the hero of Upton Park. His play was superb in the second half, always threatening and always dangerous. But he played too deep, a subject I will return to tomorrow.
Yesterday was the first time I have really looked into the abyss. The points gap now is getting very wide indeed. I still think Wigan are in danger, but you’d have to say that barring a catastrophic loss of form, all the teams above them look relatively safe. Anyway, here are the scores on the doors from yesterday.
Neill 5 sub Spector 5
Reo Coker 7
Boa Morte (sub) 5