This match certainly did not live up to its billing. It was littered with unforced errors and sloppy play. We seemed to approach it more like a training game. Matthew Etherington personified it. When he had the ball in the first half he was reasonably effective, but he wasn’t hungry for it. Whenever he didn’t have the ball he just ambled about. Lucas Neill played as if his mind was elsewhere. There wasn’t a single occasion when he prevented a cross coming in. And as for Dean Ashton, well the only comparison I could think of was Iain Dowie. The only bright spots were Mark Noble, who played his heart out, and Carlton Cole, who was awesome in his hold up play. Pantsil did little, although he was an adept crosser of the ball. Kyel Reid was a huge disappointment when he came on.
The it’s now off to Manchester, where they have won about a zillion home games in a row. I don’t see us getting anything there to be honest. A final word about City’s new signing, Castillo. Awesom signing. Looked like a Mexican Joe Cole. We could do with an inventive player like him.