By the time you read this the England Rugby team will have probably played their third Rugby World Cup Group match. This time it’s against Romania.
Since the infamous dwarf throwing drinking session they’ve played Georgia however the press with it seems little else to do, even though there are loads of rugby games happening under their nose (shows what a boring game it is!), still seem obsessed by the evening out and the “repercussions”. Cleary it is wrong for the England team to relax after a game with a few beers. They should be locked in their hotel room with a good book and cup of hot chocolate? Anyway, who would have thought it Rugby players going out for a drink and six days or so before their next game?
Such moral piousness is not exclusive to rugby, Andy Carroll has attracted his critics because he had a well publicised drink or two. Fabio Capello has jumped on the bandwagon or should that be wagon and criticised his lifestyle as have many others. I don’t watch a great of TV so presumably I’ve missed the fly on the wall documentary called “Andy Carroll watch” which presumably scrutinises his every move. Fabio if you’re reading this can leave a comment and tell what channel it’s on you clearly watch it twenty four seven!
Thankfully we have Kenny Dalglish to prick the boils of such sanctimonious nonsense
“I’m an old guy and I’m still learning; I don’t understand the paranoia with Andy. People talk about him like they know him. They don’t know him. They talk about his lifestyle … what lifestyle? Everybody is obsessed with Andy Carroll.”
The £35m price tag of course hasn’t helped. If Carroll had been signed on a free transfer none of this would be in the public eye. They assume Carroll’s indifferent performances this season are because he’s a drunkard who probably has Special Brew in his drinks bottle instead of Lucozade, wets himself regularly and calls every one his best mate. Not true of course and they also forget that Carroll was injured for long periods when we signed him so regaining fitness and match fitness has been a long haul.
Criticism of Carroll’s play is one thing, and hopefully the competition provided by the signings of players such as Bellamy will help him, but criticism of his play because of unfounded assumptions about his lifestyle is nonsense and helpful to no one especially the player who I suspect is under enough pressure as it is with the price tag he has to shoulder, even though it is no fault of his own. As Kenny said
“We’re delighted with the business we did in January for Andy Carroll but picking out individuals is not something we like to do here”
And so to Wolves and another three o’clock Saturday afternoon kick off, I’m beginning to like this non European season! Wolves made a good start to the season but like us they have lost their last two league games, both at home. Both sides will therefore want to redress these slip ups despite good performances in the Carling Cup during the week, Wolves stuck five past Millwall.
Thankfully we have home advantage however it remains to be seen if his is enhanced by the return of Steven Gerrard. Kenny has been clear about Gerarrd’s rehabilitation and says he won’t be rushed. I guess it is a sign of our improved strength in depth that we can afford to give him longer? Gerrard or no Gerrard let’s hope the game is a tad better than the dreadful affair we saw last season over the Christmas period (click here for match report) which all but sealed Roy Hodgson’s fate. I’ll settle for a repeat of the away win we produced the following month (click here for that match report)
Team wise the Carling Cup tie against Brighton was handy in the sense that Martin Skrtel could serve out their suspension. Daniel Agger is out however Martin Kelly is available and I wonder if Kenny will start with the same back four as he did against Brighton. Elsewhere Bellamy did his case no harm on Wednesday night however surely Kuyt will keep his place after being dropped against Spurs? I reckon Gerrard will start on the bench again.
Prediction? With Everton and The Mancs lurking next a win is essential and I take us to achieve just that 3-1.