Monday, August 13, 2007

Around the grounds

Coming on as a substitute, scoring the winning goal against Spurs in the very last minute and celebrating like a dyed-in-the-wool Mackem might suggest Agent Chopra is out to double-cross us. But I think not - it's all part of a masterplan to get the enemy onside, a classic ploy to gain their trust. Now he's definitely inside, he can begin to wreak havoc...

Chopra wasn't the only old boy who hit the back of the net on his debut for a Premiership side, Antoine Sibierski tapping home a consolation as Wigan went down 2-1 at Everton. Both he and Chopra had much better afternoons than Tim Krul, beaten four times as Scottish champions Celtic mauled his loan side Falkirk on their own turf. But even he won't be as gutted as our former right-back Neil McDonald, sacked by Carlisle after just one game of the season - a game they didn't even lose - with the board claiming to have "lost confidence" in him.

Having set about amassing a team of Newcastle rejects, Portsmouth seem to have made a complete U-turn. First Andy Griffin was sold to Derby, then Lomano LuaLua took one look at the clutch of strikers 'Arry has brought in over the summer and decided to do one to Olympiakos and now Andy O'Brien has left for Bolton for a fee rumoured to be around £1.5m. If Sammy Lee thinks O'Brien will shore up a defence ripped apart by our attack on Saturday, he's got a lot to learn...


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