Isn`t it awful, when instead of eagerly anticipating your football clubs` next match, you treat watching it like a chore; a stain on the shirt of your otherwise happy day?
I want to enjoy my football again. I`m really not. Sport should be an escape from reality, a place where heroes soar high and good overcomes evil. In football the minnows can, against the odds, rise victoriously over the behemoths of the game. In our everyday adult lives, it is one of the only places where we can wonder and dream. Currently, we`re all in a nightmare.
Owen Coyle had probably said some rubbish. He`s used a variation of this; ‘Leeds United are a good team, and one of the greatest clubs in British football. Neil Warnock is a fantastic manager with a proven track record of getting teams out of this division. However, we must try our best and show our quality, and try and get the points`. I`m not even going to check. What I`ve wrote is probably bang on what he`s said.
Neil Warnock has also probably said things too. But as he called El Hadji Diouf a sewer rat, and then signed him eighteen months later, I don`t think his words are worth you reading.
Bolton Wanderers Team News:
I can`t imagine much change from the team we played against Palace on Saturday. All long-term absentees are still exactly that, and Chungy still looks off the pace but will probably be on the bench.
Player to watch: Martin Petrov
If we do make a change, the Bulgarian can be the key. Petrov can consistently get good balls in from the left for our two aerially-adept forwards, and if Eagles can replicate his current form whilst moving over to the other flank, there should be chances galore.
Leeds United Team News:
Green and McCormack are out. Norris may return. I have little knowledge of the Leeds squad. I know quite a lot about one in particular.
Player to watch: El Hadji Diouf
I love El Hadji Diouf. Yes, he`s an idiot. But he was our idiot. He makes me think nostalgically about the Allardyce era, and the sort of performance that was eat and drink in those days.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time we played Leeds was when we were both in the top flight; a 4-1 home win for us in 2004. Eight years outside the Premier League for a club of Leeds` stature makes me shake at the thought of decades in the lower divisions. We need to get back up, pronto!
We’re going to lose 2-1. And I also predict we’ll do it with no style whatsoever.
THE DREADED MILLWALL AWAY