That felt…awesome. When we got the draw a few weeks ago, I thought our Cup run was over before it began. We hadn’t beaten Spurs in the Cup since Queen Elizabeth, or something around then. Harry Redknapp actually takes this competition seriously, and the match date wasn’t close enough to Spurs’ Champions League duties that… More Elation

Fenestration talk now

Here at CCN we haven’t got too involved with the whole transfer window nonsense.  Perhaps the recent good performances have dulled our hunger; perhaps the return of various players just make things look a bit better. Before the window we’d have identified the following needs: a defender of some sort.  Some wanted a right-back; others… More Fenestration talk now

Liverpool 1-0 Fulham

A tale of two shins.  John Paintsil’s diverted a muddled ball over his own goal-line; later Raul Mereiles’ sliced a powerful Hangeland header away from danger. Liverpool scored early when Torres beat our offside line and slotted home.  It was disallowed – wrongly – by the male linesman, a let off that Fulham made the… More Liverpool 1-0 Fulham

The more things change…

Just reading Jim White’s excellent “Manchester United:  The biography” (no, really).    Dave Sexton, who taught Roy Hodgson, has just been dismissed: For the players, though they liked the manager and admired his knowledge of the game, there was a sense of anticlimax, a feeling that somehow the voltage about the place had been reduced.  Training… More The more things change…

Sunday morning news

Andy Gray and Richard Keys in iffy comments about female linesman shock!   #getthesesmugbuffoonsoffthetv Paulo Bandini, via Twitter, reports that Gazzetta Dello Sport (Italy) only referred to “the beautiful lineswoman”. Ho hum. Also on Twitter, Matt Holland, former Ipswich captain, made a point of praising Chris Smalling’s display for Man Utd yesterday.    Nice to see the… More Sunday morning news

Fulham 2-0 Stoke

A tale of two midfields:  ours bossed the game, they didn’t use theirs at all.   That’s Fulham v Stoke in a nutshell, and it feels right that the more attentive and skilful eleven should have prevailed.  Which is not to moralise – Stoke wouldn’t be where they are if they played any other way –… More Fulham 2-0 Stoke