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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Getting Better

Been a while, I know but those of you with small children will appreciate that my precious time can usually be better spent than pontificating on the subject of the beautiful game.

So, what's been happening? Well sadly, dear old Cloughie passed away a great man and great character. The Sun could have printed several editions on the back of Brian Clough anecdotes, my favourite was recalled on 5Live the day he died. Speaking to Duncan Burns one of the presenters recalled that Clough had once fined Duncan £25 for a bad pass he'd made, square across his own area. 'No', Duncan corrected, it was £50. If we could get something similar going down the Valley some of our lot would be paying for the pleasure of playing.

A tough game at Grimsby meant we got away with a 2-0 victory and a draw against ****** in the next round. A tough game for sure, but these things aren’t supposed to be easy are they? The big difference is that it seems this year Curbs is paying more than just lip-service to the competition by putting out a first team rather than chucking in a few fringe players and lamely attempting to convince us that he's taking it seriously.

An excellent point up at St. Andrews and an improved showing against Blackburn on Monday. Nice to see Curbs has taken my advice and done away with the services of the Dynamic Duo of Kish and Euell in midfield. One does wonder where Jase goes from here. Wasn't it only a couple of weeks ago when he was interviewed on the 'big screen' that he told us that he and Curbs had decided the best place for him to play was in the middle of the park? The balance of the side looks so much better with Murphy and the man from Morocco in the middle. And what a joy to see Graham Stuart playing his second game in a week and 'covering every blade of grass'.

I do find it bizarre though that the team on Monday night showed 5 changes from the starting line-up against Bolton, just eight games ago, the beginning of the season when you're supposed to know your best starting eleven aren’t you?

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