West Bromwich Albion 1 - Wigan Athletic 0
Very brief thoughts.
We were much better, stronger and more cohesive than I thought we’d be when I saw the lineup. I think that’s a credit to the young players who did really well and the older pros who treated it seriously. It helped also that we had some really decent pace right through the team.
What I found most pleasing was our Academy players never hoofed it - they all played it quickly, bravely, on the deck, to a blue and white shirt. We probably should’ve scored more but our lack of experience and the fact we played without a genuine striker probably cost us that.
Positive performance, clean sheet, into the hat.
Short report to mark a Cup victory, 28 years to the day that we witnessed... WBA 2 - Woking 4. Both the Manager (Talbot) and his Assistant (S. Allardyce) disappeared immediately.
I am not entirely sure why managers pretend that they are going to take the Cup seriously - then Moore appears to start with the 5ft 6inch midfielder Hoolahan up front? However he was taller than the Referee (and he did play well).
It was a poor game but I felt that our 3rd choice Keeper (Bond—007) did, at least, instil confidence in the defence. New Right Back Holgate (on loan) looks a class act even if he did miss a glorious chance later on.
I suspect Sako is going to drive us all mad with his bursts of talent but a frustrating desire to keep the ball and beat his man at least twice. I thought Harper looked as though he will a very effective player in due course.
Interesting that the UK winners of the massive Euro Millions Lottery are giving much of it away.... Brexit in disguise? I saw a good definition of Horse Sense last week — It keeps horses from betting on People.
We hope Livermore enjoys his Winter break... Bring on those Canaries... Happy New Year!
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