I’m not sure what I think about this to be honest – my Man U supporting friend thinks it could be the greatest appointment since BC, but I reckon the choice of assistant will be crucial. And I’d quite like Ken and Dierdre to stay on.
I love Marlon Harewood. He is the one that got away. I still feel joy when I see him score. And it is great to see that he is like a little kid, he gets so excited when he scores a goal.
I wish we hadn’t let him go so cheaply.
Even if he’s not the best interior designer in the world …
Alan Rogers is forgetting that while he was fantastic when Fat Joe first got him in on loan, as soon as he signed a contract he started guzzling pies.
You were great in your first spell at the club Alan, but you’re not wanted now and it’s not Megson’s fault.
Gary Megson and Alan Rogers. They love each other really.
My second time ever in the Bridgford Lower (the first was to witness Taribo West crying in the centre circle almost ten years ago as we edged past Auxerre in the UEFA Cup) and probably the worst view I’ve ever had. Due to some quirk of perspective the cross bar blocked my view of pretty much the entire Trent End half of the pitch. But who cares?
Clingan’s suspension meant a start for Gary “Three Lungs? More like Iron Lung” Holt in midfield, giving us a simple 4-4-2: Pedersen, Curtis, Morgan, Breckin (c), Bennett, Southall, Holt, Perch, Commons, Tyson, Holt.
And the scores are:
Pedersen: 2 lungs
Didn’t have much to do but when called upon he didn’t flap at crosses and did alright on shots. No complaints.
Curtis: 2 lungs
Off injured after about half an hour, replaced by Thommo.
Morgan: 2.5 lungs
Solid at the back and two goals for young Wesley. Swindon really need to learn to defend set pieces.
Breckin: 2.5 lungs
I don’t think he knew much about his goal as it hit his back but excellent at snuffing out any threats Swindon posed.
Bennett: 3 lungs
Made the opening goal with an excellent strike that his the crossbar (the rebound falling to Southall), defended well and marauded upfield like a full back from days gone by.
Southall: 3 lungs
Rish commented early on that this was looking like a great performance from him. Not bad for an old-pro free signing.
Perch: 2.5 lungs
Nice to see him back on form after looking like he had lost it a bit. He was helped out a lot by …
Gary Holt: 3 lungs
I’ve always thought that defensive midfield was the most important position on the pitch. And today showed why I rated him the best player in the Championship a couple of seasons ago – he shielded the back four and when he won possession used it well with sensible short passes.
Commons: 3 lungs
A nice performance from him, incisive and making things happen.
Tyson: 3 lungs
If there’s one thing we have to give credit to Megson for, it’s the signing of Nathan Tyson (when he didn’t initially want to come). The boy was incredible today, terrifying defenders with his pace and just making things happen. Worryingly, he was limping quite badly as the teams came off at the end.
Grant Holt: 3 lungs
An excellent performance from the chunky lad. I was desperate for him to get a goal to reward his efforts today (and from the looks of his run and shot at the end, so was he). He held the ball up well with his flick ons and his runs and passes made space for the others (especially Southall) to exploit.
Thompson: 2.5 lungs
Came on for Curtis at right-back and did his job well.
Lester: 2 lungs
Came on for Commons and slotted in upfront with Tyson taking the left wing. A bit unfair that he got the goal when Tyson and Holt both deserved it but a solid performance.
Bastians: 2 lungs
Came on for the injured Tyson and worried their dishevelled defence with his running. Also gave the linesman a withering look when he was adjudged to have taken the ball out of play.
Other points of note:
Iffy Onuora looked the right Man at C&A with his beige slacks and long coat, pulling the catalogue poses in his technical area.
The Swindon fans were great – celebrating every throw in as if it was a goal, chanting “Easy, Easy” for most of the second half and even giving it a “You’re not singing anymore” after their consolation goal.
The back four were still playing hoofball but it doesn’t matter as when Holt (either of them) won it the ball then stayed on the deck till Bennett or Southall crossed it.
Swindon really really need to learn to defend set pieces.
The best thing about today was that the players had big grins on their faces. No fear, just running, endeavour and teamwork.
Man of the Match:
So Paul Evans is back in training, playing for the reserves (well, on the bench), but most crucially, the official website are making a big thing of it – looks as though we may have a tiger back in midfield soon! Grrr!
UPDATE – today’s Evening Post, while not the most reliable source, has an interview with Evo where he makes all the right noises about still wanting to play for the club, despite having been frozen out – with him in midfield, perhaps we can get to see more of the likes of Clingan and Bopp as an attacking force…
He’s not ruling himself out of this one …
Contrast to his response about the Derby job:
“I’m not talking about that. They haven’t got my number and I’ll be at Morecambe on Saturday.” (http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=124615&command=displayContent&sourceNode=124519&contentPK=13940910&moduleName=InternalSearch&formname=sidebarsearch)
and the Walsall job:
“Norman said he’d just heard on the radio that I was being interview for the Walsall job — but actually I’m more interested in trying to get a side together to play Exeter.” (http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/detail.asp?cat=Sports&id=6185571)
Shamelessly lifted from http://www.forestforums.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=4663
Rish puts his view over on the BBC.
Although the best bit is this quote from Ian Holloway: “Right now, everything is going wrong for me – if I fell in a barrel of boobs, I’d come out sucking my thumb!”