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The Big One 01/10/2006

Posted by Matt Rowson in Uncategorized.
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Subtle sarcasm isn’t really Sky’s thing, so it’s been difficult to work out why, as soon as the World Cup had finished, they were including this fixture in their overblown “coming up on Sky” trailers, a source of endless fascination and amusement for my boss amongst others.

Whatever.  A big one it certainly is for us and our season; indisputably the biggest game so far.  This is the first game from which no consolation would be taken from a draw and a good performance, we need to turn the good run outs into three points sharpish.  Yet another two-week international break means that a win is vital to boost the mood and send us into the game at Arsenal in fifteenth place and buzzing, rather than second from bottom and, thanks to Phil Jagielka’s belter yesterday, the only winless side in the division.

With Chris Powell still out, Jordan Stewart is likely to continue at left back, but Jordan’s form has been a bit of a bonus this season, and this isn’t the pressing concern that it might have been expected to be.  Otherwise, it seems unrealistic to expect anything but an attacking formation from Betty with a view to getting the crowd going and generating the claustrophobic atmosphere in the ground that so rarely is replicated during afternoon games.

A footnote to the fixture is the return of Heidar Helguson to the Vic;  probably on the bench though, with Brian McBride and summer target Collins John the favoured pairing in recent games.  The Cottagers visit sees them in a mid-table position, but the injury to Jimmy Bullard could be hugely significant, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them struggle this season.  A win on Monday night is absolutely imperative.

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1. bluewedge - 03/10/2006

Without wishing to pre-empt the illustrious BHaPPY one word match report, mine is summed up by my 40+ year old Boro supporting boss running around the office this morning like a headless chicken re-enacting Fulham’s 3rd goal. so ‘Aaarrrghhh’ it is for me.
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