Saturday Night On Sunday Morning

West Bromwich Albion have been playing some reasonably attractive football this season, but, to paraphrase The Streets, my God, don’t they just know it? ITV ran something of a eulogy to them on “Championship Goals” this morning, in which they came across as a deeply unlovable bunch, from the supporters interviewed before their match against Cardiff City yesterday afternoon (one of whom had, “Boing Boing Baggies” tattooed across his thick neck, the other of whom said – without a trace of irony – “We’re the Arsenal of the Championship”. ITV then showed the highlights of their match, carefully adjusting their voice-over to put a spin on what was going on on-screen. Cardiff supporters can feel somewhat short-changed by the fact that they were reduced to bit-part players in one of their best away performances of the season, whilst the fact that it looked like a deflected shot and an own goal that “earned” Albion a point after Cardiff had deservedly gone 3-1 up was airbrushed out because it didn’t fit with the script. I’ve always had a thinly veiled dislike of West Bromwich Albion, and this didn’t help my viewpoint. Elsewhere, the big matches of the day were a pair of Yorkshire derbies. Sheffield Wednesday beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Hillsborough in the lunchtime match yesterday, in an almost embarrassingly one-sided match. Wednesday took a first half lead and...

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