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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Michel Vorm to start in Cup Final.

 Real Madrid. Really? What both of us? 
It's not the Daily Mail is it?
The JimmyG2 Column.

Well that was a week that certainly picked up some speed. It started on the back foot against Leicester, got into its stride up in Sheffield and romped home in style  in the Black Country.

But at 2-2  in Sheffield I was thinking Tottenham, Tottenham, there must be another way. We hadn't quite recovered from beating Chelsea.  Some will see the Leicester result as a blessing in disguise.

But at least it's two steps forward, one step back recently rather than the one step forward two steps back earlier in the season.. Which is why I'm doing things a week at a time as an anti knee-jerk strategy.

Fortunately Christian scoring for the first time from open play in nearly three games brought home the bacon in the closing minutes of the Sheffield second leg.

We were leading 1-0 against Leicester in the cup at half time too but blew it in style. Vorm's error proving costly and support has turned against him playing in the League Cup final. Actually I disagree but it's a minority view.

Unless there was some sort of understanding from the start that Hugo would play in the Final then Michel should start and I think he will. My hope is that Mauricio will play fair with the squad and not demote the keeper that has seen us through all the rounds.

 It's more than a big game and the general feeling is that with the hand of history tugging at our shirts  we should play our best side and that inevitably means Hugo to start. My view is that if you can't trust them don't sign them.

Anyway the old Harry and Christian combo did for Sheffield. In reversed roles Harry supplied a lovely ball for Christian running through and he coolly allowed the ball to run across him before wrong-footing the keeper to pass it into the net.

The coolest thing since Iced Babycham. Harry Kane had gone off the boil recently in goalscoring terms but with passes like that and his enthusiasm for work he is worth his place in any case.  How Mauricio must love him.

He's in the throes of negotiating a new contract. 'Give him the money Barney' as they used to say on the Wilfred Pickles 'wireless show'. That was pre 'radio' but I haven't got time to explain it to you right now.

Against Leicester I am pleased to report that by common consent both Lamela and Soldado had good games. But we were beaten by late goals which is a disappointing reversal of our recent fortunes.

Nobody else made much of a positive impression  except Townsend who put away another penalty with his usual confidence. Substitutions were a bit off the wall. Paulinho was wasteful. Vorm made two excellent saves early on to keep us in the game.

I listened to it on the wireless (AKA steam radio) and watched the highlights so I'm not being too dogmatic.. The Radio London double act is more stand up than commentary and Bradley Allen would do a much better job on his own.

Credit Sheffield for almost making more than just a game of it. A tricky tie, in the cold, snowy wastes of the North almost proved too much. We played some of our best football of the season in the first half and were ahead by the free kick of the season by Eriksen.

How he can take such wonderful free kicks and such poor corners is quite beyond me. We were purring ahead but omitted to score again to kill off the tie. Sheffield then scored two to put us into extra time territory until the closing minutes.

Then Christian did his stuff and we're on our way to Wembley for an eerie repeat of our last Cup final  appearance against the same opponents under a new manager. Let's hope the similarities don't end there.

Anyway I'm getting a defibrillator for my birthday in preparation for the rest of the season. But as it says on the Eriksen family crest: 'Better late than never'.

And so to West Brom recently revived under Tony Pulis. But the new manager bounce had expired. As good a performance by us as our last against them was bad. The Chelsea result was more impressive but this was classy stuff.

We dominated the game completely but still had to rely on the crossbar and two superb saves by Lloris to see us through. Eriksen decided to score early for a change with yet another of his free kick specials.

Change the family crest to: Better late than never but better sooner than late.

Then it was over to you Harry who obliged with a couple. I saw that the Daily Mail was arguing that without them we would be in the relegation zone. We would be in the same zone without the other nine on the pitch to help them out.

Statistics for the mathematically illiterate: lies; damn lies and all that. You don't have to be stupid to read the Mail but it helps.

Transfer Window.
We only comment on this after the event. We get more accurate predictions that way.

We effectively swapped Naughton( to Swansea) for Dele Alli ( now on loan from us back at MK Dons) at £5million apiece. Could be the best business we've done lately. (see video)

 Naughton had his chance and the youngster will surely get his soon. 18 and highly rated and to add a little lustre he's another Jermaine.That's Jermaine Jenas not Jermain Defoe by the way. So go easy on the lustre.

Daniel gave the boo boys more opportunities by keeping hold of Adebayor. Lennon is on loan at Everton. Never mind Aaron: we'll always have AC Milan at the San Siro.

Once Michael Dawson left he was our longest serving player and I'm sad to see him go after almost ten years. But he never truly fulfilled his potential or scored or assisted enough.

The much rumoured fire sale of the dead wood never happened: it never does. Some refused to go, or we overpriced them or we wouldn't let them.

Benny has finally left the stadium. Silly mistake supporting a mate in an anti-semitic gesture at a club with longstanding Jewish connections.

And apart from sundry loans that's about it. Vlad, Younis, Etienne and Jose Paulinho are all still with us despite rumour, or ITK as it's known, to the contrary.

Next up: Arsenal at WHL.
We beat Chelsea and could could ourselves a considerable boost in every way by winning this one. But they are playing better and have a reliable keeper so at this stage of the season I would take a draw if offered one now.

Jimmy's Video Spot.
 He's signed so it's safe to show 5 minutes of quality from a youngster that Mauricio is going to love in a season or two Nice variety of celebrations too. Let's hope he's going to need them.

That's Dele with an 'e'' not an 'i': Alli with two 'l's' not the one.


Anonymous said...

This is not the U9s. Not playing the best goalkeeper in the league would be ludicrous with a trophy and Europe at stake against Chelsea of all teams. I think you would be in a minority of one.

Enya Collins said...

I agree with playing Vorm. He got us this far in the cup so I think he deserves to play in the final.

Anonymous said...

Hugo is our No:1 and one of the best keepers in the world. He will surely want to play in a cup final too and if we want to keep Hugo then we must play him in these games!

IKnowAlanGilzean said...

Cheers Jimmy, a deft parcelling up of a very busy period for Spurs.

I agree that MP should play the best team vs Chelsea, which means Lloris. Vorm's a big boy and is likely to be No.1 next season.

Very sad to see Lennon go, but I think it is in his best interests as he has no future with MP at the helm. I thought Lennon looked good when he has played this season, though we have many options in his position. Maybe Lennon is one of the dissenters?

Lennon is a personal fave of mine and I wish him well.

JimmyG2 said...

Ist. Anon.
I make that minority of 2 at least.

Enya Collins.

I think injuries did for him as a flying wing man and he didn't have the skill set to be much else. Did well to get a berth at Everton.

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