Pomp and Glory against the Champions' League Champions
After the Lord Mayor's Show
The JimmyG2 Column.
One of the great features in the 'Old Days' after some equestrian spectacular like the Lord Mayor's show: the ancient Gilded Coach pulled by Six Shire horses; mounted police and Horse Guards escort was the sight and smell of the clear up.
It gave rise to the popular expression 'After the Lord Mayor's show' meaning the let down or the anti climax after a great event.The brooms and shovels which removed all traces of the event were an inevitable part of the occasion.
You can see where I'm going with this I hope. After the wonderful win against Real Madrid, two goals from Dele and a fine performance all round comes a humdrum showing against bottom of the League Crystal Palace.
Palace have 4 points and 4 goals, none away from home, after 11 games. Real Madrid have won two consecutive Champions' League titles and we took 4 points in our two games against them.
Now having said all that it's my firm belief that even Palace could have beaten Real on the basis of our games against the two clubs. They defended and broke well and could have won barring heroics by our 3rd choice keeper Gazzaniga.
But in terms of expectations Real was a challenge and Palace a foregone conclusion. How could we lose? The truth is that Spurs like to keep us guessing even now. In the event we won and three points is exactly three points.
It's obviously a London thing because their single draw was against W.Ham and their only win, against Chelsea. We managed to avoid their Capital Scalp Cabinet by snatching a win with a fine Son goal.
It was a beautiful curler on the hour and he became Asia's leading Premiership scorer on 20 goals. Not that he played well but goals cure all ills. He was in good company with only Dier and Verts leading the clean -up party
Our 2nd. reserve keeper Argentinian Gazzaniga was MOM which always tells a story. Even then he seriously misjudged a wild dash from goal and Zaha missed an open goal.
We had 2 shots on goal and scored. Palace had three and lost 1-0. We were lethargic after the exertions of Wednesday night and, without the lively mind and movement of Dele, uninspired.
Winks and Harry went off with knocks and join Dele on the sidelines for the upcoming friendlies for England. They should be safe there until the NLD the following weekend.
Danny Rose made an appearance but the excitement generated by his return was not justified by his impact on the game. Aurier in for Trippier was poor and made two bad errors that might have cost at least a couple of points
Eriksen, without Dele, with Harry Kane labouring and Son buzzing but not stinging until his goal looked lost. Llorente's cameo placed him firmly in the Soldado, Janssen tradition of our recent striker signings.
Sissoko started and Dembele came on for Winks at half time but neither made much impact. We played poorly and won which they say is the mark of a good team.
We failed to win in our first three home games at Wembley in the Premiership but have won our last three.The clearing up operation was completed with 30 minutes to go and all hosed down in good time.
Jimmy's Video Spot.
Let's hear it for Mauricio Pochettino scoring for Espanyol. The man that makes the team more than the sum of its parts.
Not the foul on Michael Owen in the World Cup but a moment of glory for The Man. circa 1998/99.
He's come a long way and had a haircut since then.