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Scunthorpe United 1 Watford 3 (06/10/2007) 07/10/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Match reports.
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Five thunks from Scunny…

1- If Marlon keeps that up, we’ll walk the division.  Vintage King.*

2- Big Doris should have walked in the first half, and the game would have been different had he done so.  Having got away with it, he made another stride in his transformation into Duncan Ferguson.  Terrifying.

3- Being so close to the pitch that there’s a matter of inches between the touchline and the front of the stand ought to be compulsory.  Splendidly claustrophobic.

4- You don’t need telling that Martin Paterson comes from Stoke.

5- Scunthorpe is jolly friendly place all round.  All power to them. Of course, winning 3-1 away kinda leaves one well disposed, but even so…

* Nominated by Dave Messenger; texting me “thunks” after the game is the BHaPPY equivalent of shouting BSaD marks-out-of-five at ig on the way out of the stadium.  Nonetheless, even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, and on this occasion Dave is spot on.

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1. DM - 08/10/2007

“texting me “thunks” after the game is the BHaPPY equivalent of shouting BSaD marks-out-of-five at ig on the way out of the stadium”

Oooh, really ? Splendid news. Wish I’d thought of it weeks ago……

2. Markymark - 08/10/2007

Williamson : You make Al look refined when it comes to rash challenges!Lets hope Rinaldi gets the nod over O’Toole who AB seems to like ( a bit like Blizzard! ).Rinaldi’s “run” v Chelski last season keeps playing over in my mind and Iwant to see more of the Brazilian!

3. Tybalt - 09/10/2007

Without looking, guess where Wolves lie in the table?

It’s like some bizarre form of magnetism. Love it.

4. stephen hoffman - 09/10/2007

o toole –he’s only what 17 give the kid a chance for god sake — he scored a goal (yes it was disallowed -but hey shows initiative) .. . just out of interest how many games have you seen o -toole play in the first team –you cant really make a fair assessment he could be the next lloyd doyley , ashley young , hamur bouazza etc, al bangura who have come out of youth academy , at least see the guy for longer than 15 mins at the end of a match . also from what i’ve seen of him in the reserves he’s a good reserve player and an attacking midflield .. Aidy likes o toole because he can see he’s got potential not all players will end up like blizzard .. blizzard was just a stop gap remember till spring was bought –dont be so judgemental. i hope he plays o -toole he’s a midfielder with bags of talent who will bring an attacking emphasis .. as for williamson it was a stupid challenge and a rush to the head–hopefully he’s learnt his lesson

5. Matt Rowson - 10/10/2007

Agree about O’Toole Stephen, but I think you’re being hard on Blizzard. His progress was knackered by his illness, and he’s making a good fist of resurrecting his career now, albeit in Division Four.

6. Matt - 10/10/2007

O’Toole has got VERY silly hair though.

7. NRC - 10/10/2007

Whilst not disagreeing about O’Toole (the lad may have something), it does leave the question of Rinaldi, who we have seen play and during that time has looked rather tasty. Still, not a bad problem to have and a further vindication of the squad policy.

Bring it on!
(c) A. Boothroyd.

8. Kris - 10/10/2007

Agree with Matt on big Dom. He was starting every match that season until he caught the virus. He was never a flair player but a very good defensive midfielder. He was no stop gap imo.

9. DL - 10/10/2007

If Rinaldi plays, it’s time for a new song (to the tune of Sloop John B): “He plays on the left, he plays on the riiight, that boy Rinaldi, he makes defenders look s***e”.

10. Apperley 'Orn - 10/10/2007

I agree with Matt. Blizzard’s illness came at just the wrong time for him and who knows what may have happened had he not been crocked for so long. I personally liked Blizzard – the amount of ground that kid covered was, quite frankly, astonishing and not unlike a young Steve Gerrard (not that I’m saying he will ever be that good, but I could see comparisons myself).
They love him up at Stockport and were delighted to snatch him back from under the noses of Franchise (the MD there is a personal friend so I get the inside track).
O’Toole is clearly hungry which, let’s face it, is precisely what we need at this level. I say give him a shot at it but at the same time shop around for a decent short-term loan deal to tide us over. Williamson was simply an accident waiting to happen.

11. Back from Hammerau - 10/10/2007

Scunthorpe did their best to provide the “big stadium” experience by laying on plenty of stewards to tell us to sit down at regular intervals.

I must be getting old because my initial reaction on seeing O’Toole is to think he should get his hair cut. What will his fate be once we’ve got a fully-fit compliment of central midfielders after Christmas?

12. Matt Rowson - 10/10/2007

Rinaldi has looked good in little fits and bursts but has never imposed himself on the midfield – more like Macca in the middle of the park, a few eye-catching contributions but nothing like enough substance. Was surprised we signed him in the summer.

O’Toole… wouldn’t have been anywhere near the team if we hadn’t had the injuries BfH, but that doesn’t reflect too harshly on him – he’s a kid, he’s got time.

13. Esp - 11/10/2007

The weekend is nigh and there’s no Horns match to look forward to which is such a shame cos we were on a roll. When a team is on a winning streak (or, more correctly in our case a “not losing streak” a break is not good news. But a good time for ig to go on his hols I suppose! The midfield is still a conundrum as I’ve witnessed from reading the above scribes but when you have Henderson and King really hungry I think the strikers will create when the supply lines aren’t there. I am happy to say I was wrong about Mahon needing to be dropped as he seems to be playing for his place and his distribution (the weakest part of his game) was excellent. Maybe an Aidy tactic “No position is safe” Gav, Darius (again) and Stewart were the pick of the bunch for me. Finally it seems that Aidy is still in the habit of reforming wrong un’s if MR is correct. I never knew “he’s got time” Matt (allegedly) 🙂

14. Esp - 11/10/2007

..Trigger happy on the keyboard tonight. It was O’Toole I was referring to of course at the end of my post. Apologies and beers all round. And the next match?….Bring it On!

15. DM - 12/10/2007

Rowson opined “Rinaldi has looked good in little fits and bursts but has never imposed himself on the midfield – more like Macca in the middle of the park, a few eye-catching contributions but nothing like enough substance. Was surprised we signed him in the summer”

Totally agree. Rinaldi looks to me like a central midfield version of McNamee.

The hurly-burly nature of playing in central midfield in Division Two will be all too much for our Douglas and in terms of actual english league experience, there’s little to choose between him and O’Toole.

I would rather start O’Toole every time. He’s earned a go, given his sub displays thus far.

16. Matt Rowson - 12/10/2007

Dave agreeing with me?

Might need to reconsider. Perhaps Rinaldi’s worth a shot…

ho ho

17. Dave Soloway - 19/10/2007

> Nonetheless, even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day

He’s right you know. The battery on my watch died recently which was fine at half past nine but rather annoying the rest of the time.

18. Matt Rowson - 19/10/2007

Your watch sounds a bit like Dave M. Apart from the being dead bit. Not sure I’ve ever been with Dave at half past nine, either.

19. DM - 22/10/2007

I can name a multitude of occasions when I’ve been with you at half nine. I’m not going to, but I could.


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