Hope Springs Eternal!By: Allan | September 9th, 2010
Iâ€™ve deliberately waited until after the transfer window before writing this. It seems our owner has loosened the purse strings and allowed SB the privilege of signing a new striker. Itâ€™s a hell of a lot of money for somebody thatâ€™s not exactly high profile; I sure as hell hope it works. Prior to this, it was difficult not to feel a degree of frustration regarding our lack of transfer activity. Having recouped good money for both Cana and Jones, we hadnâ€™t really managed to make the sort of signings that would propel us into the top 10. If it was a case of simply balancing the books, then fair enough. However, the board seemed to give a slightly different impression when season tickets were being flogged during the summer. The signing of a replacement for Jones was important, but as the result against the Baggies illustrated, weâ€™re still very susceptible to dropping points away from home. I still feel the deficiencies within the squad run deeper than just a new partner for Darren Bent.
By keeping going right to the death against Man. City, at least the lads showed a fair degree of character. Itâ€™s high time they started showing the same belief away from the SOL. Funniest bit of the day was Tevezâ€™s miss â€“ it reminded me of a similar howler Peter Van Vossen had against Celtic a few years ago. I thought both Henderson (again) and Wellbeck showed up very well in the second half. Our young goalkeeper, despite looking nervous on his debut against Brum, also did himself proud against City. Still on the subject of safe hands, a big thanks must go to Englandâ€™s new No. 1: Joe Hart for giving us a helping hand by diving over the ball at the end. Hopefully, weâ€™ll carry the same luck for the remainder of the season.
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