“The first major trophy of the afternoon will be decided later.”
Alan puts the Carling Cup in its place.

“Cleland was the victim of his own downfall.”

Landed badly?


“Villa will probably play a lot worse than this and lose.”

They surely will.

“That’s referee Mike Reed’s 50th booking of the season, which works out at an average of six a game.”
Don’t forget to carry the two, Alan.

“Ritchie has now scored 11 goals, exactly double the number he scored last season.”
Or indeed the one.

“Liverpool are currently halfway through an unbeaten twelve-match run.”
That’s better.

“The Liverpool players are passing the cup down the line like a new born baby. Although when they are back in the dressing room they will probably fill it with champagne, something you should never do to a baby.”
Parry is the responsible one in his household.

“He will probably wake up after having sleepless nights thinking about that one.”
Not the baby, hopefully.

“The ball was literally glued to the back of his foot – into the back of the net.”
That’s one packet of glue we’d take back to the shop.

“He had no chance of beating Schmeichel from there, but it was always worth a try.”
Raising a glass to the art to futility.

“Lampard, as usual, arrived in the nick of time, but it wasn’t quite soon enough.”Might as well have taken his time.

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