Arsenal at home and amazingly another hot sunny day considering the rain we’ve had all summer. Thought I could hear the strains of a band outside the south stand with a few Beatle numbers drifting across to my pitch on the Ashton New Road. This was the first of our BIG tests. Pitch looked a bit ropey, and we gave them a bit too much respect until Micah’s goal. Couldn’t make out the abuse Adebayor was getting from the Arsenal fans, though this has been going on all summer on websites etc and they were glad to see the back of him, so having got shut for a decent fee what’s their problem? He was getting plenty of stick on the pitch too, but rode it nicely. It was revealed on TV that Van Persie’s equaliser caused him to mouth off obscenely at City fans, but it’s ‘a man’s game’ is it not and I’m sure he got plenty back?
Should V/P have got a straight red after his lunge at Ade before the latter accidentally caught him with his boot, or otherwise? “Ooooh it could have taken his eye out” Anyway, we went two one up and Arsenal wilted. We were all willing for Ade to score to shut those Gooners up. “C’mon Ade, stick one in, c’mon, you can do it” Yeeeees 3-1. If I could have jumped down on the pitch from the second tier I would have and joined in his celebratory run as if following the Pied Piper of Hamlin. One of the finest things in life is to see someone get their cum-uppance, and you just have to hold your hands up and take it when it happens. (He did a similar celebration to us at the Emirates last April after his first goal without having to run 100yards, but we didn’t throw owt at him) We’ve had a good relationship with Arsenal fans – you know, our self deprecating humour whilst they were stuffing us by 4 or 5 – but today they behaved like great big mard fuckin babies. Then Shaun put the icing on the cake to make it 4-1 with about ten minutes to go and like we say you can’t relax with City even at that score! Sure enough we went a bit silly and sloppy, not holding onto the ball and gave the Arse chances to pull back. Luckily they only got one more. 4-2. First time we’ve scored 4 against them since 1928. lovely stuff and our arrival is announced.
Oh dear, the media and gutter rag arse licking press are now having a field day. Martin Samuel is the voice of reason in the Mail, despite an OTT reaction elsewhere, but Oliver Holt blotted his copybook after a decent match write up by comparing it with Gary Neville’s angry, apaplectic and aggressive reaction to Liverpool fans (Ade'a was a happy one) , and even more absurdly to Cantona at Palace who was sent off, and not for the first time, for snidey, dirty fouls. Sometimes abuse is deserved.
So we wait and see. There should be no further punishment for the celebration. If there is the F. A. will have pathetically succumbed to the mob. They’ll go to town without a doubt on the alleged stamp, after the press campaign and the predictable "Manchester united feel quite firmly that he should be banned from the derby"especially as we’re not yet part of the big four cartel. Proof will be if Van Persie isn’t charged - and Eduardo's just got away with his dive.
Incidentally, not a mention anywhere of Scholes’ latest attempt to maim an opponent, for what should have been a straight red. As for Phil Neville’s lunge at Dickson…..
Points Of Blue meeting tonight – 6.30pm at he C/B stand Mancunia suite. I’ve slapped in ten items –1) O/S items from last mtg. 2) rag fans in City shop, 3) Cup tickets, 4) naiveity in letting Arsenal getting their oar in first on the Ade situation, 5) ticket office update, 6) East car park situation, 7) museum/tour bus, 8) catering no pasties, 9) state of pitch, 10) Bert Trautmann stand name, 11) Badge campaign (Tho I think the laurel thing is hideous) 12) We should make more of the 84,569 than 1894
See you there?