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Friday, December 19, 2008

A post from Frank Stubbs

Waiting for your return flight is always a good opportunity to gather your thoughts and Porto's airport was the latest. To be honest, although it has been yet another successful chapter in our continued European tour off the pitch, it was definitely our most disappointing for quite some time on it.

I like Porto as a city. The layout flanking both sides of the River Douro is hugely picturesque and graced with a huge amount of character. In a city known for its Winter rain, having two days of glorious sunshine to enjoy made it all the more pleasant.

Our plans in fact were totally easy due to this good fortune, enjoying a short river trip and hours of good food and drink on the sundrenched river bank over both Tuesday and Wednesday as the match approached.

As far as football is concerned however, the city couldn't have been much worse. Two trips and no goals!

Until our hosts scored I thought we did ok. Nothing better than 'ok' mind you with Aaron Ramsey's strike our only attempt worth mentioning for all our possession.

Porto's first goal probably summed up our whole performance overall. A totally free header from a corner, very simple and very disappointing.

It is difficult to get too downbeat about it because we knew we were through before a ball was kicked but the manner of our defeat was certainly deflating for all those that had spent huge amounts of money to be there in support.

Thursday it poured down all day and it felt very apt. A port lodge tour and another stupendous lunch certainly lifted the spirits!

We are through to the last 16 and at the end of the day that and only that is what we set out to do. We can now put the competition to bed for a couple of months and concentrate totally on domestic matters.

That started with the long trip to Boro.

The desperately early start and a journey graced with much darkness and quite dreadful weather meant it was fairly subdued for most of it, however a good hearty brekkie and a couple of pre-match liveners certainly lifted the spirits as the usual wave of pre-match optimism spread across us!

Once again many match reports and much opinion has been written about our performance but analysing it as a whole, for me it really was a game that we should have won.

Nobody can criticise the players' effort on this occasion, everyone for me gave 100% from start to finish. Conceding an equaliser was cruel and totally against the run of play, with the opening twenty minutes or so seeing us create a number of chances.

Apart from a short period after their goal, when our hosts played just as any team does after receiving such a boost, we dominated for long periods without getting that little break to give us the three points our performance deserved.

Disappointed not to get maximum points but for me, not with our performance on the day.

To increase the Christmas feelings for our party it was off to the annual event that is the Quo gig at Wembley Arena, us attending on this occasion totally being as a result of the early kick-off!

Surely it can be the only positive however, for a lunchtime kick-off in Boro!!

Other results show how competitive this league of ours has become I feel and our away point looks all the more like one gained rather than two lost.

Our next two league encounters however, are both six pointers!

Lovely jubbly!!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey i just cam to know that ur are a die hard arsenal fan for like 20 years.well i m also a die hard arsenal fan for now like 9 years and there was never a moment like this before.u know what i m talking abt and everyone else.few years back we coluf not have believed life without arsene wenger but now i just could not wait to see him getting sacked as soon as possible.even after such a humiliation does this guy seems to care anything for the club other than keep buying sick teens and see them turn into men.i guess this gives him grt pleasure rather than trophies.he is not gonna win anything in life now and niether arsenal will as long as he is there.i m feeling so low right now i cannot explain u so pls somehow just try and reach our comments to the arsenal board to sack this idiot as soon as possible.all arsenal fans all over the world should keep writing and somehow convince the board to sack this sick paedophile.he has transformed a professional football club which could have won so much into an academy where only young teens are excited to come.arsenal gonna win trophies i m sure but only after he leaves.i wanna kick his ass and would not even want his shadow to be anywhere near d stadium.just sack this idiot.so pls try to reach out our voices man pls.i m a die hard fan frm india who cannot see his favourite club in such a dismal situation.look what he has made the club into,no experienced player wants to come at arsenal coz they all wanna win trophies and arsene unfortunately wants to be with ''young teens'' u know he is so attracted to them .he should go somewhere with his buch of teens and get married and settle down.he needs medical treatment should consult a physiologist.he is absolutely brainwashed.just leave arsene for sake of all arsenal fans.pls gou idiot,sick paedophie moron just leave the club plssssssssssssssssssssss