Thursday, September 23, 2004

Wingless wonders?

This weekend sees the arrival of the currently beleaguered West Brom to St James Park. Without a league win all season, and crashing out of the League Cup to Colchester on Tuesday surely there is no better time to be playing the Baggies. Reports suggest that Gary Megson has just two games to turn things around or face his P45, and whilst I'll be sad to see him lose his job, I certainly don't want to see him getting any points on Saturday.

It will be interesting to see how Souness approaches his first home league match in charge. Whether he continues with Bellamy down the right and Robert on the bench, or whether he decides to go for the jugular by replacing JJ with the erratic Frenchman and attempt to play with width and get plenty of crosses into the box for Kluivert and Shearer to capitalise on we shall have to wait and see.

Similarly, will Robbie Elliot continue to feature at the heart of the defence, or will Hughes (or even Johnson) be able to oust him from the team. I appreciate the fact that so far Robbie’s done OK, but can't see that lasting forever -he wasn't languishing in our reserves without reason, and whilst he may be enjoying his latest spell in the side his presence is hardly likely to guarantee a quiet afternoon for Given every week.

Whatever team he picks, we should be too good for them, but then how many times have we said that before, only to under perform on the day? They showed last week that they had some fight about them, but hopefully we won't allow any crunching tackles to knock us off our stride as easily as Sakhnin managed last week, and we should walk away victorious. You never know, with a couple of early goals and a bad refereeing decision to get the crowd going it could be a cracking result.

Here's hoping.


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