TV games suit me
I know Monday night football and next Saturday's tea time kick off are a right royal pain in the arse for fans back at home but it gives me the opportunity to watch us on television for two consecutive weeks.
Tomorrow I will slip out of work just before 2pm and get to the pub to watch the game. I'm not expecting a big crowd, but with there likely to be even easier access to live games in the future it does suit me personally although strangely I used to hate watching us on TV when I lived in the UK. In fact I would try to get to televised away games rather than watch them at home.
I was never one to watch other games either unless it had some real significance but I found myself this morning watching the Birmingham derby and yesterday I saw Wigan beat Newcastle. Wigan's success has been extraordinary and they haven't lost since we beat them but even more perplexing is Newcastle's ordinary-ness.
City's win at home to West Ham leaves us in 6th and tomorrow gives the players a perfect chance to get our home form back on track. I can see Curbs moving HH to left back dropping Powell to the bench with El K playing alongside Perry. This does give us more height at set-pieces. I suspect Ambrose, Bothroyd and Spector to be on the bench too.
The other factor will the goalkeeping jersey. Will Curbs put Kiely in after two reserve games and a testimonial friendly? I would rather the incumbent stay between the posts. Kiely will join the others on the sidelines.
These tough decisions are what Curbishley has been craving. Let's hope he makes the right ones.
I will join you for a pint (thank-you, leave the money on the side) but at kick-off 4,000 miles away. Come on you Reds.