Tuesday 6 August 2013

University Challenge

Abraham Lincoln above appearing under the pseudonym Booth. He could safely enjoy a night out at The Valley.........little danger of a shot on target !

Oxford come a calling on Tuesday evening bringing with them a couple of Daves, a couple of Ryans but surprisingly no Dons. Following their win at Portsmouth on Saturday they will provide a stiff examination, let's hope we're up to the test.

The U's have a few players who are worth studying.......much travelled and experienced striker Dave Kitson is the most notable. Former Manchester United youth product Danny Rose is another. There are a couple of loans players, Ryan Williams from Fulham and Asa Hall ( s of residence ) from Shrewsbury.

Oxford manager Chris Wilder spent some time on loan with us in the early 90's but I can't recall him myself. He has been in charge since 2008 and under him The U's graduated from the Conference in 2010.

Trying to work out the outcome of tomorrow's game is something than even Inspector Morse would struggle with. The lessons learned from our recent history of cup matches suggest that it should add up to a defeat for us. Whatever the outcome I'm sure we won't be reading about a classic in the papers on Wednesday morning.

Given our financial situation another cup game, especially if drawn at home to a big club, would help a bit so Professor Powell has to balance the desire to progress against the need to keep key players fresh for Middlesbrough on Saturday. I assume he'd like to give Green and Stephens a run out and to some degree, a couple of reserves appearing is a possibility. I guess we may get to see Church try and outsmart a cathedral............city ! Let's hope Chris gets it right and doesn't end up looking like Professor Plum.

I'm looking forward to the first home competitive match of the season and my thirst, if not for knowledge but a decent pre-match ale will probably take me to a different pub in Greenwich where a pint of Brains would seem appropriate. 

Come On You Reds !

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