Stoke and stuff
Not a peep from our club after Pulis’s words in the press about how badly they’re done to by referees (a man or two sent off every match).
So, thanks to Shay's daft clearance which led to their equaliser at COMS it was off to Stoke again. M6 was surprisingly clear and we learned our lesson, unlike Ged, (though he won’t contribute to the KK blog!) and parked on the right which meant an easier getaway, after extra time and probably penalties.
Roberto shook it up a little, and Ned finally got on the pitch. The Britannia disproves the theory that all seaters led to little atmosphere in modern grounds, but booing and whistling all match?
As you know we dominated for the first half hour but couldn’t take advantage. Pulis sent on his subs and Kitson scored, taking out Bridge and Kompany, but we equalised straight away, Ade and Bellamy making up for his earlier miss. Bennett, (was he influenced by Pulis’s press statements?) then sent off Ade, having his best game for weeks, for ‘violent conduct’ ridiculous, and he now gets a 4 match ban which, surprise, surprise, City aren’t contesting, or even making strong press statements about. Let’s roll over and have our bellies tickled eh? Bennett then missed the sandwich/elbow on Bellamy. Extra time and came the moment, the Delap throw in. I can vouch that the ball was greasy because I received it in the crowd and threw it back – first time since West Ham in ’87 when I threw it to Mark Ward from whose corner they scored their second to put us down. Sorry. So how is the towel situation allowed? Is a towel part of the game like the referee, goalposts, corner flags etc? Why can’t we put a man in front of Delap? Why can’t the subs warm up in front of him? Oops Shay comes out and misses it completely, 2-1. we had no trouble last year with Joe in goal for Delap’s throws, and it still pisses me off that I was shouted down on Blue Tuesday that time by Nigel Gleghorn and Paul Lake amongst others, for suggesting that Shay should dominate his area more, and we should maybe bring Joe Hart back.
Then, astoundingly, we let Stoke score a proper goal, Tuncay turning Zab and SWP whose half attempts at tackling left him free to score.
And that was that. We couldn’t even keep it going for another week and that lot on Sunday are going to delight in updating their banner at Wembley.
I didn’t think I’d be too bothered about going out as Chelsea away would be a big ask, as they say, but I really didn’t want us going out at Stoke of all places. OK we were a bit unlucky, but it is 34 years now, and we can’t keep using that excuse.
Garry Cook should get everyone together and examine how we handled this whole situation both on and off the pitch because until we stop being nicey fuckin nicey, and I don’t mean turning into the rags, we’re gonna continue to win fuck all.
I don’t even feel better about getting that off me chest.
To other things.
Everton re-arranged date Neil. Steve P has been onto the club re dates for this game to no avail. We’ve managed to put it off until they’ve hit form and no explanation has been forthcoming. We now have Spurs and probably Birmingham to sort out. Is ‘Hall Of Fame’ ex secretary Bernard Halford still drawing a wage at City, and if so why, and what is he doing?
Carlos Tevez – can’t make my mind up on this one though I hear the situation was a tricky one. (Sue wasn’t impressed by my statement that women have babies and men play football!) I believe his lady wanted to have the baby in Argentina and needed caring for by her personal doctor over there. Again, no proper explanation from the club, and as Carlos has bust a gut for City I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Wayne Bridge. I’m still confused. Even more so after watching him run 50 yards with the ball across the pitch at Stoke because he can’t kick it with his right foot.
Terry is a complete shit. Did he move in on Wayne’s woman, after they’d split, or was it going on whilst they were together? Whatever, as I’ve said before pretty despicable by Terry and I can understand Wayne not wanting to be anywhere near him in the England squad.
Chelsea tomorrow, and despite everything we need to pull ourselves together, and put in a performance. Mancini’s under pressure, which is a bit harsh I feel, but maybe we ‘ll do better against a top club. Sturridge may play for them and it begs the question as to why Cassell and company couldn’t sort him at City.
Early kick off, ticket prices, saving it for the cup game (ha!) on TV etc, so I’m giving it a miss. Full marks to Blues making the effort, let’s hope you’re rewarded.
Here’s the It’s A fix extract :
Last promotion : Came up with us in 88/89, and stayed ever since, winning everything except the Champions League. You can't but success, or history, apparently! Most recent connections : Danny Sturridge. Big name supporter : Sir Richard Attenborough. 130TH League meeting.
Carlo Ancellotti’s squad includes : Hilario (Czech, injured) Terry (boo), Essien, Cole A (injured) and J, Lampard, Drogba, Ballack, Carvalho, Malouda, Ivanovic, Anelka, Bosingwa, Alex, Mikel, Sturridge….,
This season so far : At COMS in December an Adebayor own goal put them one up in the 8th minute but he made amends in the 37th to level. Then Carlos made it 2-1 in the 56th, leaving it to Shay to clinch all three points with a late penalty save from Lampard.
They’re currently 1st with 61 points from 27 games and 12 wins 1 draw and 0 losses at home.
They’ve just lost 2-1 at Inter Milan in Europe, went out of the Carling Cup at Blackburn, and play Stoke, not us, next week at home in the F. A. Cup 6th round.
Our form at the Bridge : Last March, it was a 1-0 win for the Londoners courtesy of Essien (18) although it was a mystery as to how City kept it to only one! (41,819; 1,515 City) Otherwise our last win was in 92/93 4-2, since then it’s been 8 defeats, 3 draws, last in 04/05, and we haven’t scored there for 7 games?
Stamford Bridge Capacity : 42,420 (1,472 for City)
Comment: They’re doing OK under Ancellotti, and it will be interesting to see how Roberto does against his old Milan adversary.
The press have been stoking up the Team Bridge situation so it could be a grudge match. Time we got a goal or a point or a win here.
Wind Ups : Where were you….
Groundwise: Once second only to Maine Road, with a record attendance of 82,905. The Bridge is pretty well complete now. We’re in the Shed Stand behind the goal, no doubt ticket prices are up around £47 – outrageous!
Stewards: Stop us selling outside and inside. Bastards. another reason not to go!
Their current home average att: 41,408
Where were they when they were shite? 8,858 v us in 88/89! Averaged 12,673 in ‘82/83.
Away Day Zines: The Chelsea Independent, The Westander, Cockney Rebel, Curious Blue, Mathew Harding’s Blue and White Army, Carefree (all as far as we know)
The Steve Parish Routemaster : As if it’s not bad enough travelling to London, the kick off’s been brought forward to 12.45pm for TV.
M6 to jn 4, M42 to jn 3A (or M6 toll to M42), then M40 to jn 1A for M25 (direction Heathrow), M25 to next junction 15, M4 for London (W). At end of M4 continue to A4 round Chiswick roundabout onto Great West Road and over Hammersmith Flyover, then turn right at second set of lights (B317 North End
Road), cross A3218 Lillis Road, left at Fulham Broadway to A304 Fulham Road.
Stamford Bridge on left. On street parking horrendous.
Parking is difficult and expensive so the best bet is probably to park up and come in by tube: KK usually recommends parking at Greenford station (just off the A40) and using the Central line. Alternatives would be Ealing Broadway or Ealing Common then District Line to Fulham Broadway changing at Earls Court, or using M1 to one of several stations in North London.
Sat Nav: SW6 1HS
Trains M/C to London : Piccadilly to Euston with Virgin, £66.20 off-peak return. Advance tickets leaving very early, straight back from £27/£39 Victoria Line from Euston to Victoria, then District line to Fulham Broadway
Final thought – wouldn’t it be ironic if Dunney lifts the Carling Cup (he’d better!) and Joe the F. A. Cup!