Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oh Danny boy

And lo - on the 84th day since relegation to the Championship was sealed, and against a backdrop of Damien Duff's imminent £4m move to Fulham and rumours of Everton lining up Steven Taylor as an £8m replacement for Man City-bound Joleon Lescott - we made a signing!

Just who took the decision is a mystery, and the deal - a loan move for Man Utd's Danny Simpson, who didn't make much impact in a similar deal with the Mackems a few years back - doesn't exactly set the pulses racing. But he's an incoming body - a defender to boot - and, as it's a wonder that anyone would want to join our sinking ship while all others are scrambling for the liferafts, we should be grateful.

Today's Mirror claims there may be another defensive reinforcement arriving shortly, a familiar face: Andy O'Brien, who's slipped further down the pecking order at Bolton with their summer purchase of Villa's Zat Knight. While often found wanting at the highest level, Ol' Big Nose could probably do a job in the Championship - though if he does arrive hopefully it won't be as a replacement for Taylor.

Meanwhile, our prospects of beating today's opponents Reading were given a boost in the week when the Royals' best player Stephen Hunt (as singled out in our season preview) was lured away to join Hull's relegation express. We should still have enough quality to win out against a team who are themselves widely seen as being on the wane following relegation in 2008 - that's the theory, at least...


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