John McCormick writes: I’m remaining neutral in respect of a preference for promotion but I have to express an opinion about last night’s result. While we were outplayed for a lot of the second half Fulham only won because of two decisions the ref got wrong. One was to allow a goal where the scorer had moved offside before a free kick was taken – a close decision, this, and perhaps forgivable to get wrong. The other was much clearer, although I didn’t see it until a post-game replay. We should have had a penalty. That we didn’t hardly affects us but there may be consequences for Cardiff.
Bob Chapman, our man at the match, may not agree with me and I won’t know for a while as his report is expected to be late in arriving. To keep us occupied and entertained until it does here’s a little something from Pete Sixsmith. I’ve given you Patrick and Jozy, can you put names to the other faces?
A friend sent me a link to an article by Louise Taylor on The Guardian’s online pages that looked at the players that Sunderland had signed under the Ellis Short regime. You can find it via this link, which will allow you to look at pictures of some of the 100+ players that have come into the club since the Missourian took over, and also read Ms Taylor’s pithy comments on each one of them – although how she could say anything about the likes of Cabral, Mangane and Moberg-Karlsson is pretty difficult seeing as they hardly seemed to play.
Whiling away an hour or so before I tuned into BBC Newcastle to sample the Barnes/Bennet combination for the first time this season, I worked my way through the list and came up with four teams, with the first three made up of permanent signing only and the last one a mix and match of those that we have borrowed.
I present them to you below in the classic 4-4-2 formation that we have been urging Chris Coleman to adopt recently. Have a look at the list and see what you can come up with; it’s guaranteed to keep all the family happy and you can eat sponge cake and drink lashings of ginger beer while doing it.
Mignolet; Rose, O’Shea Kaboul (under Allardyce), Van Aanholt (see Kaboul); M’Vila, Cana, Kirchhoff, Zenden; Defoe, Bent. subs; Mannone, Larsson, Sessegnon, Mensah, Watmore, Cattermole, McNair. Manager; Allardyce
Westwood; Elmohamady, Turner, Kone (post Allardyce), Reveillere; Giaccherini, Gardner, N’Diaye, Khazri (see Kone); Gyan, Bendtner. Subs; Pantillimon, Brown, Gomez, Vaughan(D), Fletcher(S), McClean, Jones. Manager; Bruce.
THE DOWNRIGHT AWFUL;
Steele; Angeleri, Coates, Djilibodji, Dossena; Gibson, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Johnson; Altidore, Graham. Subs; Mika, Cuellar, Vaughan(J), Toivonen, Saha, McFadden, Ji. Manager; Grayson.
Camp; Rose, Kyriakos, Clarke-Salter, Marcos Alonso; Ki, Williams, Ejaria, Januzaj; Welbeck, Fletcher (A). subs; Browning, Bridge, Galloway, N’Doye, Mangane, Onuoah,Yedlin. Manager; Poyet.
I think that this futile exercise from a man who has nothing better to do with his life indicates why we are the laughing stock of English football at the moment……..