Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Monsters of Smog 0 - 0 Newcastle Utd

For the first time in 34 years, our trip to the chemical wasteland ended in a goalless draw. In truth, the game was as dreadful as the scoreline suggested, with little worthy of note.

Highlights, such as they are, can be summarised as follows: Viduka returned from injury, Bassong had another solid game alongside Coloccini in defence, we climbed above the Mackems and out of the relegation zone.

On the negative side: none of our strikers looks to be in form, we couldn't beat a fairly mediocre team, Obafemi Martins had a hissy fit when substituted, and for the second year in a row some idiots have prompted the FA to investigate whether there was any racist abuse directed at chunky smoggy striker Mido.

At least Gareth Southgate has the sense to suggest that it's impossible for the club to control the behaviour of a minority of fans (personally, I'd have thought that job was actually the responsibility of Boro's stewards) but hopefully good sense will prevail.

The other matter of note was the pre-match confirmation that JFK will be with us for the rest of the season.

Given his apparently decent working relationship with the poisoned dwarf hopefully it will mean that it isn't just the Messiah who is visited by a wise man bearing gifts just after Christmas.

(I know Ben has already mentioned this, but I'll leave you to guess whether JFK's list of transfer requests will see us recruiting players called Kuntz and Fuchs in January).

Other reports: BBC, Guardian


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