Monday, August 08, 2011

Not singing in the rain

Our turbulent pre-season concluded on Saturday with the poorly-attended fixture against Fiorentina - our only home friendly - being abandoned due to the incessant downpour. Referee Mark Halsey took the decision after 64 minutes, with the score still at 0-0 but the conditions increasingly farcical.

Chances were squandered by Leon Best, Spidermag and Demba Ba, while at the other end Tim Krul, between the sticks for the first half before being replaced by Fraser Forster, made some important interventions. Will Steve Harper still be the man in possession of the gloves come the start of the season?

The defence (Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor and Sideshow Bob, with Mike Williamson on the bench) is likely to be the one which lines up against Arsenal - assuming, that is, that the Spaniard isn't sold before then. However, of the midfield and attack which began against the Italians, only Spidermag and Yohan Cabaye are pretty much guaranteed a starting role on Saturday, though Dan Gosling, I suppose, might be in with a shout in the absence of ASBO and Hatem Ben Arfa.




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