Albion 1 – 1 Bournemouth

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Bobby Zamora gets the interview treatment from Attila the Stockbroker at half-time (he's over by the far touchline, honest!)

The producers over at Sky Sports must have been congratulating themselves for opting to show this south coast derby exactly as both us and the Cherries were riding high in the league. It’s a shame for them, and League One football, that the game didn’t live up to its billing.

Proceedings were too edgy, too bad-tempered, and Bournemouth set out from the start to spoil the Albion ‘total football’ method, the legend of which is gathering further publicity the longer we cling onto pole position in the division. Bournemouth are ugly, they drew ugly, and I left the Withdean Stadium with a keen sense of the unfairness of it all (“robbery” is too strong a word, used by twonks who follow football blindly).

With the opposition defending from way up the pitch, our back two and Ankergren were reduced to playing square keep-ball, which got so boring the home crowd were turning on them; after a minute of tip-tap the ball would go back to Ankergren and he hoofed it up to Barnes and Murray, we were back to Russell Slade Inc, and Bournemouth were loving it.

Outstanding players. LuaLua was erratic, but his goal was sublime, and hopefully the Premier League couch potatoes who tuned in appreciated his unique celebration. Calderon was putting it about and took a clump or two, as did Tommy Elphick, suffering a blatant elbow in the face, which produced a yellow card for the culprit, when it could easily have been red. Kishishev was the pick of midfield. But for me Glenn Murray caught the eye the most, and he wins the dubious Hovian Man of the Match award. It was also nice to see a crutch wearing Bobby Zamora get interviewed by Attila at half-time, the latter pestering him to come home sometime in the future.

I don’t want to dwell on the Bournemouth penalty, only to say that once the referee went to speak to his furiously flagging linesman, I knew he would point to the spot, don’t ask me why. When I got back to the pub after the game, everyone assured me it was never a penalty, but that’s football.

With Peterborough slipping up we actually extended our lead at the top to three points, so we’re still grinning. I’m being press-ganged into going to Charlton next week, looks like I’ll have to go along after all. Cheers.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  7 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Glenn Murray

Attendance : 7348 (478 lesser holiday town dwellers)

Npower League One table

Sunday, 10 October 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Npower League One table
1 Brighton 11 7 22
2 Carlisle 11 8 19
3 Peterborough 11 5 19
4 Bournemouth 11 11 18
5 Sheff Wed 11 7 17
6 Huddersfield 11 4 17
7 Oldham 11 3 17
8 MK Dons 11 0 17
9 Rochdale 11 5 16
10 Charlton 11 1 16
11 Colchester 11 1 16
12 Exeter 11 -2 16
13 Southampton 11 3 15
14 Bristol R 10 -2 15
15 Hartlepool 11 -5 15
16 Yeovil 11 -6 14
17 Notts County 11 -4 13
18 Plymouth 11 -4 13
19 Swindon 10 -1 12
20 Walsall 11 -4 10
21 Dag & Red 11 -8 10
22 Tranmere 11 -8 10
23 Leyton Orient 11 -4 9
24 Brentford 11 -7 9
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4 Responses to “Albion 1 – 1 Bournemouth”

  1. 19sixtysix Says:

    Saw the higlights on tv last night and Bournemouth were very lucky to get a point and have eleven men on the pitch at the end.

  2. The Hovian Says:

    True, jammy bastards should have got nothing yesterday

    • glasfryn Says:

      yep those were the words I was struggling for Saturday night
      JAMMY BASTARDS
      sums it up pretty well,and we are still 3 points to the good and with some luck and good refereeing we might be 11 points to the good
      still catch us if you can

      G

  3. The Hovian Says:

    It looked even worse on the telly, the linesman is an idiot, it’s as simple as that

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