Some astonishingly narrow minded responses from too many sectors of ‘social media’ this afternoon. I mean, we all like a joke, but some of the screams of mock desperation and bile were just a bit too much. Manchester City fielded a pretty strong starting XI in their game, and they barely blazed a trail against an equally modest opposition.
Intermittent South East Asian type monsoon weather left the pitch looking more like an It’s A Knockout set than a venue for an allegedly prestigious football tournament. There was more of ‘the show must go on’ about this game than felt comfortable.
The key thing to remember here is that preseason form for us, rarely heralds the Premier League form to come. And on that pitch, if we’d have won 10-0 it wouldn’t have been reason to
buy a season ticket order an open top bus.
My feeling, looking at the expression on AVB’s face when the teams went back into the locker rooms knowing that the game was going ahead, is that this was an obligation rather than something to draw too much from. So what of our lot that took part, what did we learn?
Business as usual seems a fair enough description. Bonzo was good and gormless in equal measure. Dawson was awesome, he looked like a kid off a Daz doorstep challenge Ad after the first 5 minutes. Huddlestone is detached to the point of autism and surely can’t be indulged any further.
The Sky commentator actually echoed the half crazed romantics amongst you. ‘He’s a great shot on him, but his strike record of late has been less than impressive.’ Please, he’s yet to hit double figures for his entire bloody career. Joke.
Elsewhere we looked, yet again like a side that lacked anyone with creative brain.
Adebayor seemed to be in great form both before and during the game. If we’re lucky, we might just get a season out of him again. Defoe was extraordinary. If your idea of extraordinary is still refusing to pass and wanting to shoot even when hustled within feet over a corner flag.
Sunderland allegedly have been on a course of ‘intensive fitness training.’ It showed. But there’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater …just yet.
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