Hello fully paid up subscribers to this channel. There’s a nasty rumour going round that Gareth Bale is in actual fact world class after all. The suggestion is that a number of fools, ne’er-do-well’s including me got it wrong when suggesting earlier this week that the boy Bale was no more than a youth chancing his arm. A windmill tilter. We didn’t. He’s like Kiss’ 1974 album, Hotter Than Hell.’ Whilst one swallow might make for a cracking night out, it doesn’t make a summer.
Who knows? what we do know with absolute certainty is that what looked very much like an impermeable 0-0 draw became a 2-1 win. The away goal isn’t wonderful, but neither is it dreadful. And so to the ratings!
BradKing of Brads. Ace of Friedels. Can we really dissect their goal and call him a statue? Perhaps not. Or perhaps yes, it’s so complicated this analysis thingy.
BonzoHello old friend. You were good when you kept it simple (1st half) and not good when you went into Bonzo mode in the second. Silly billy, Bonzo. Where’s the frisbee? Who wants a treat?
BillyAh, the old hate figure come good. No, your hate was simply misdirected in the first place. A wise choice from the boss. Who do you play in a potentially threatening European game? A man with an appropriate CV.
JanMore like his old self. More like a guy who’s looking to win stuff. This again was a case of the right game for the right player, as with Billy. But we really need him focused and as dynamic as he can be for every game.
BennyA game marred by slackness, if he was a bladder, he’d make wet shoes. I hoped that the A&E years were behind us. They clearly ain’t.
ScottyI’d have rested him. This was a game he should have skipped.
MoussaAnother game of glimpses. Better, but glimpses, nevertheless. Whilst he was certainly more fluid than some on his recent Premier League outings, there’s more in there. This was 68% Moussa.
Azza His 2nd shy away performance on the bounce, yes, I am keeping note. This little love needs to stop with the cameo appearances and routinely turn it on. It’s only n hour and a hlf a week. Not too much to ask, is it?
BaleIf you remove 2 of the greatest free kicks ever taken by a human being, then he was average. That’s exactly how awful he was in the shirt. Apart from being a stellar talent he did little. A disgrace to the firm. Will the Saints take him back?
AdebayorHe was a guy really trying to make up for lost time and a credit to him for that.
HoltbyWell, the boy’s mustard. I think AVB is worried about him, wants to play it cool, all that jazz. Fair doos. But nobody is going to stop this lad. Nobody.