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Mar 26, 2004
Should probably give a mention of what I thought of them on the day.

Clearly the standout performer was Cureton. His footballing brain is outstanding to the extent that you feel sorry for those around him trying to keep up. Sodje made a mstake but he was on to the ball so quickly and scored before Flahavan even knew what was going on. The second was outstanding and the third clinical. I had to applaud him as he went off even if he did seem to celebrate for about ten minutes after the second goal.

Of the rest, Jackson and, as the game wore on, Izzet really used the ball well in midfield. Both full backs tried to push on all game and that caused us problems at times although we never gave them a good examination. The tactical setup meant that there were always going to be a lot of long balls and the two centre backs were clearly brought in to head and hoof all day which they both did well. All that said, you got the feeling that were it not for Cureton, that team would struggle for goals. From what I've seen of Iwelumo's goals, most of them have been laid on a plate for him.

I do like Williams. He's such a welcome contrast to Parkinson's arrogance. Very gracious comments after the match and generally seems a very likeable bloke. Tactically, he did us all ends up. Extremely well organised across the park which put the onus on our players to make something happen and usually our full backs. It was almost textbook defending.

Not all praising though. I know they are a small club but there's no reason why, with playoffs still a possibility, they couldn't sell out the away stand. The ones that turned up were quite noisy but it's difficult to put it in context when there's a goal after 38 seconds (presumably the ball was above Sodje in the air for 35 of these). The number of empty seats for a derby game was embarassing.