Well we could have been a couple of goals up before Clattenburke struck. Boyata was sent off to the letter of the law – Vidic not sent off in last years Carling Cup Final as it would have been harsh to send someone off so early in such a big game, and Neville not sent off at Stoke. Plus Fabregas, should have had two yellows. MOTD continue to disappoint – not showing the big decisions. I wanted to know if the ball was out before their third but again not shown. We are still not a big four club yet decision wise although we have had some luck recently.
Over at Villa Dunney notched his 8th Prem league own goal – Dave Ewing still holds the record for us with ten, and John McTavish once scored three in four games!
Yesterday it was the funeral for Big Mal. I went along to the ground and whilst no-one knew what was happening regarding parking, timing etc it was still a moving experience as you would expect. The courtege drove slowly past the City square/Store and was applauded by the few hundred Blues lining the short route. The procession then proceeded to Southern Cemetary where Mal’s family had requested a limited attendance for mainly family, close friends and ex players. But when I saw the coverage on TV I must admit I’d wished I’d gone along.
In the evening it was a meeting of the Swinton Branch at Clifton Cricket club. A venue where I’d been humbled on too many occasions with the sound of ball hitting wickets behind me as I then trooped off back to the pavilion after yet another duck. Happy days.
Andy Morrison was the guest, and he was, as you’d expect very entertaining with tales of joining the Blues, escape from the Second, and First Divisions, and ….Stan Collymore, plus much more, but you’ll have to wait until his book comes out next April for the full stories.
So, Joe H and Adam Johnson are in trouble for hitting the bottle, Santa Cruz doesn’t think he’s had a chance – West Brom anyone - and King Carlos has gone home to see his family and have treatment on an injury. So it’s all a bit depressing. Some good news is that Balotelli could be back to being fully fit though I thought he was a bit greedy on Sunday, and that’s about it so far.