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NOT SO KEANE TO MEET YOU

29-04-2009

Albion travel to Spurs on Saturday in good heart after beating Sunderland – but as Terry Wills points out, they’ll be greeted by one of their least favourite opponents.

Well, what about the amazing sights seen at the Hawthorns, and courtesy of ‘Match of the Day’ on Saturday?

A long awaited victory, THREE goals, two new rising stars, a team that are infinitely worse than our beleaguered Baggies PLUS Tony Mowbray laughing and joking on camera during a game!

Certainly at the end of the 90 minutes we left relieved, happy, and encouraged, but at the end of the first half every fan around me simply looked at each other with bewildered looks on faces before muttering, almost in unison “how can two Premiership teams serve up such a pitiful display. It’s no wonder they’re in trouble”?

No point in going over ‘old ground’ but the encouraging second half certainly left me, and I suspect most Baggies fans, musing what would/could have happened if the same line up had turned out for much of the season?

Gianni Zuiverloon looked more like the player we first signed, while the eventual central back pairing of Jonas Olsson and Shelton Martis looked comfortable and rarely in trouble. Graham Dorrans, an inspiration in midfield, deservedly won the ‘Man of the Match’ award before limping off with a foot injury.

Mustn’t forget Chris Brunt the most one footed (?) player seen at the Hawthorns for many a day!

Then there’s Youssouf Mulumbu and Juan Carlos Menseguez (first sight of them for many supporters) plus the non stop running and work rate of Marc-Antoine Fortune.

Menseguez in particular looking lithe and full of running climaxed by a well taken first, and hopefully not his last, Albion goal.

Very encouraging even though Sunderland WERE a dreadful rudderless outfit resembling a ship being tossed around in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean buffeted by hurricane winds, crashing waves, topped off by gusting rain.

What does this mean for the immediate future bearing in mind that on paper we’re still in with a remote chance of pulling off a Second Great Escape?

Yes ‘on paper’ we do stand a chance but then games aren’t won, and points gathered via press speculation and an outbreak of fevered over the top optimism.

The table say’s it all. We’d need to win virtually every game, a possibility that even Tony Mowbray claims is impossible (would love to disagree Mogga’) and which now sees even the few still remaining optimistic supporters reluctantly having to agree with his assessment.

Ok we could beat Wigan at home and Blackburn away on the last day of the season (?) but in between come our visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday followed by Liverpool at home. A team who score on average around four goals a game whenever and wherever we play. A team against we have yet to score a Premiership goal and still in with a very slim chance of pipping Manchester United to the title!

But first things first. Away at Spurs where Mr Robbie Keane will be anticipating and almost certainly awaiting 90 minutes of jeering and abuse, how he must love it, before popping in yet another goal or two against one of most favoured opponents!

Ok he played for the Wolves but so what? Lay off him and who knows you just may be helping the Baggies cause?

But in the end it’s how the Baggies perform that’ll determine if we can get a result.

Playing as they did in that appalling opening 45 minutes against Sunderland it looks like being a miserable trip back to the Hawthorns.

BUT should the Graham Dorrans be fit, and the rest of the team replicate the second half performance, it could turn out to be a welcome boost to the confidence of the players, manager and fans alike.

As per last week transfer speculation is rife. Who’s coming in? Who’s being shown the door? All good fun for press speculation, courtesy of player’s agents of course (!) but those are questions that can only be answered in the fullness of time.

Until then let’s hear it loud and clear at White Hart Lane.

“Come on you Baggies

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