The teet...............the tea towel. ( old jokes revisited no. 789 )
We all hope to enjoy the long weekend although as usual the weather seems about to live up to its bank holiday reputation......damn ! My cricketing ventures mean that I'll not be at today's game........my second miss of the season for home games. In addition, I only recently discovered that the play off final is on Saturday 29th May....what's all that about ? Normally all play-off finals are over the bank holiday weekend going from league 2 on the Saturday culminating with the Championship final on the Monday. I can't make that due to my....ahem 39th birthday party !
It's also a long weekend due to the footie. Aside from today's action at the Valley I'll be keeping a close eye on events at Hillsborough. Come on you Owls ! How nice it'd be to see Palarse go down. That would put them in a spot of bother especially with their ground and how we'd all love the irony of a potential ground share ! A 96th minute Luke Varney winner would fit the bill eh ? We can but dream !
For today a good performance allied to anything other than a loss is fine by me. We're treading water at the moment waiting to see who we get in the play offs. Little point in risking players with niggles and more serious injuries.
Parky has two games left to sort out what he does with our midfield. He's tinkered around with it for months and still not got it right. Last week was the usual crazy situation of Reid on the bench and Bailey on the left. It still makes no sense ! I wouldn't start with Bailey but Parky please make a positive decision even if it's not one I agree with.
There's got to be concerns about Leeds fans in the home areas today. The refusal to sell tickets to genuine Addicks fans for Norwich looked, at best, a little silly when I and many others saw Norwich fans with Canaries scarves and shirts brazenly displayed ! That in itself is not a great issue for me as they in general tend to be quite civilised but allied to not selling to our own......I mean !
This can't be said of Leeds fans who've changed little over the years. A number of them in the home areas is a worry particularly if results go against them. I pray that there won't be any trouble today.
Fingers crossed for a good game and result.
Come On You Reds !