Sunday, November 12, 2006
F*ck Ups in the F.A Cup
But my happiness spiralled on seeing some of the other cup results. You always here this bollocks about cup shocks and how it's great for the little club to stick one over their supposed superiors. Sort of, I'd agree to a point. Rushden and Diamonds knocked out Yeovil and the media tries to build up excitement but my case is best made by Basingstoke knocking out Chesterfield, who this season had themselves carried the mantle of giant-killers after knocking out Mancester City and West Ham in the Carling Cup. My point being that how can it be giant-killing when the giant is a Yeovil or a Chesterfield? It is an etymological mistake, it is a shock rather than giant-killing, or even a big shock. No particular disrespect meant to these teams but, come on, Southend knocking out Manchester United - now that is giant-killing. It's up there with David putting one over Goliath. You dig?
Personally, at this stage of the tournament I enjoy seeing non-league teams getting absolutely stuffed and, as a consequence, I was delighted to see an 8-0 (Brighton beating Northwich Victoria like an unloved step-kid) and a 5-0 (Forest stuffing Yeading like an unloved...I'll leave it there).
Am currently enjoying Weymouth vs. Bury on BBC 1 (currently 2-2) and there's some quality swearing being picked up from the terraces, which Jonathan Pearce (who is so much better than Motty) referring to it as industrial language. Fucking right!
What does Barry think?
PS Great point salvaged by Argyle at Leicester on Saturday. And I'm off to the glamour that is Southend v Argyle this week!
Wilkins - in his so far short tenure as manager although long time at the club as player and coach - is becoming a legendary manager. We may have been playing a conference side, but as anyone who knows football is aware, these are (and often have been in my experience) potential banana skins. Now this was our biggest win for 40 odd years.
Wilkins is indubitably proving his worth. Two post match quotes:
"We had a 10-minute spell where we were quite poor"
"Lots goes into producing the kind of movement, quality in possession and finishing we are seeing. It's not something that just happens, it's repetition."
But, how many British teams have won the European title five times? :)