All entries for Saturday 08 January 2005
January 08, 2005
Just a quick aside note… sometimes i do venture outside of the West Brom bubble which engulfs my football life, make my way to St. James' Park, and watch the mighty Exeter City.
For a small conference club averaging gates of around 4000 fans they sure have some exciting times! Earlier in the season we played Brazil in a friendly, celebrating Exeter's visit to Brazil 100 years ago and playing them in there first ever professional match. Oh how time has taken its toll.
The latest addition to the Exeter City fairytale was the 3rd round cup draw… following an excellent 2–1 away victory at up and coming League 2 side Doncaster Rovers, Exeter fulfilled the wildest dreams drawing Manchester United at Old Trafford… with Exeter just leaving the financial trouble that was the money spinner that tyhe small southern side needed to finally put the administrators well and truely out of the picture!
Noone had exepcted the Grecians to pull of any kind of cup shock, and with odds of 25–1 being quoted… it was only in the realms of fantasy that a City win would really happen!
But a gritty performance saw them draw 0–0… total congratulations to the players and especially new gaffer Alex Inglethorpe, who has been a revolution guiding the team back into the top 3 after a start which looked to put Exeter in danger of a relegation tussel!
A reply is on the cards, and who would begrudge them a win and a ticket to round 4… I know I want to see them win, but i think Sir Alex may have a different view!
OH YEAH… they are owned by Uri Gellar, and consist of a board of his son, Micheal Jackson and Darth Vader…. but thats another story?!
Up for the cup? It seems West Brom are moreso than me… due to oversleeping… bloody Soul Nation – i missed my mate offering me a ticket to Preston, provided i cud get up there n meet him by Deepdale! typical but nothing can dampen my spirits, West Brom won for the first time in 14games, and Bryan Robson's first win as gaffer! – God how we've waited for that!
It was an affair which many had expected Preston to come out of on top. West Brom looking shambolic of late, and Preston having won their last 4 in a row in the league… a cup scalp would be ideal to keep up the momentum.
Robson had claimed the cup wasnt a distraction (despite his middlesbrough side being relegated the year they made it to two cup finals :S (lost em both to!)) and played what would be his strongest team!
Although a biased fan I can honestly admit that West Brom dominated from start to finish, and although it took time to come, Earnies late brace sunk was deserved.
Earnshaw however today was probably West Brom's worst team player looking lost and devoid of ideas, but like all good strikers he can come up with the goods… He may not bring a lot to the team, but bloody hell he can finish! His first an absolute thunderbolt which swerved inside the inside post, and his second an audacious lob over Longeran direct from Hoult's long kick… Route one... back of the net!
Man Of The Match… *ZOLTAN GERA!* – Enjoy him while you can Baggies, the Hungarian SUPERSTAR will not be in the famous blue and white for much longer im afraid!
HOWEVER the voice of reason…. This was a cup match, it contributed nothing to our survival bid… however confidence is higher, weve conceeded 2 in our last 4, are unbeaten in 4 and are slowly starting to look like we can score…
Bring on Fulham and hopefully 3 points next saturday!
There were also a few "Bryan Robson's Barmy Army" chants at the match… steady on… hes still a fool!