Day: February 18, 2007

A Little Late Night Action…

I’ve been told that I don’t post on here enough, so I’ll be having a root around on Youtube and posting up some matches from the past. This is Middlesbrough vs Coventry City from 1974. As they used to say at the time, your pictures come from Tyne-Tees Television, and your commentator is Kenneth...

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Sweet Sixteen

When the draw for the FA Cup Sixth Round is made tomorrow, it will have a strangely dislocated feel to it, as Manchester United and Arsenal’s progress is, somewhat pleasingly, far from assured. The aforementioned two both suffered the indignity of being held at home by clubs that would usually be regarded as below their station. Arsenal’s draw with Blackburn Rovers was possibly the worst match that will be seen live on the television this season. Still, there were at least two bonuses for the casual viewer – Arsene Wenger’s increasing descent into somewhere between dementia and apoplexy as Blackburn’s game plan prevented them from playing their normal game, and Brad Friedel’s terrific double save, ten minutes from time. In the evening, in that 5.15 kick-off spot that still, after all this time, just feels plain, damn wrong, Manchester United were pushed all the way by an impressive Reading team at Old Trafford. Before the match, the BBC’s pundits were full of bemusement at Steve Coppell’s decision to make several changes from the team that beat Aston Villa the week before. However, Reading held their nerve after Michael Carrick’s stunning opening goal goal United, and were well worth their equalizer from Brynar Gunarrsson. Even reserve goalkeeper Adam Federici got in on the act, with fantastic one-handed save from Henrik Larsson just before the end. This pair of brilliantly inconvenient...

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