Well that was all a bit too predictable really, wasn’t it? Off we go to the graveyard of our ambition aka Selhurst Park and the inevitable happens. Anybody surprised? No, I thought not.
But surely we must have expected it. Gary G mentioned our ever-increasing injury list yesterday so I won’t repeat it here except to add that as in his pre-match comments Daniel Farke claimed he trusts Michael McGovern so much, why on earth did he start Ralf Farhmann? Groin injuries and goalkeepers are a bad match as I believe I said last week.
Sorry Daniel but that proved to be a bad call. As did the one not to include Grant Hanley.
No real blame to Ibrahim Amadou but the penalty situation, exploited to the hilt by James McArthur, raises a question.
Sure it was a pen – to my eyes anyway – but would Timm Klose or Zimbo have made such a wrong choice? We’ll never know for sure but I doubt it.
And just when we’re all feeling like that well-known snake’s belly, along comes the news that Jamal Lewis might have broken his elbow. It never rains, it fecking hurricanes.
Encouragingly Jamal finished the game and I’ve seen footage of him with both arms in the air subsequent to the incident so maybe it’s not that bad. Knowing our luck, of course, it will prove to be long-term.
Most of us MFW readers and writers have experienced football-related injuries, whatever level we might have played at.
I can include a broken arm, at least two broken ribs and a pair of broken ankles [one on each side] on my personal list.
But short of emailing our well-known ex-physio Tim Sheppard for clarification I have never heard of a broken elbow. It wouldn’t be much fun for a professional violinist I am sure.
So if any of you good folks know what this entails [I had presumed it would be a dislocation of the joint rather than an actual break] please advise me in the MFW comments below. I’m deliberately not googling it as I’d rather hear it from the horse’s.
Anyway, the upshot of it all could well be that against Villa we will have Max Aarons at left-back, Sam Byram at right-back, the aforementioned McGovern in goal and a bench thinner than a blue Rizla, including an under-23 goalkeeper called Billy someone who I have only vaguely heard of.
Of course, just to really rub it in, Ben Godfrey ended the game with a bloodstained dressing that made him look like an extra from a Noughties zombie movie.
As Gary said yesterday, I’ve never known the injury situation this bad in over 40 years. Even the end of the international break will only see the possible returns of Tim Krul and Alex Tettey. Maybe Mario Vrancic if we’re lucky. I know he has a calf injury but details concerning it appear to be scant. We probably won’t get an update until Farke’s presser on Friday.
I can’t moan too much though as I was one of many of us who were relieved to see no more spending a la Naismith and I am not panicking Mr Mainwaring. You set out your stall, etc.
Mind you West Ham, Burnley and Palace have worked out that “they don’t like it up ’em”. Our road trips are fast losing their charm.
As a coda, a few extracts from my favourite Red Top this morning.
Jordan Rhodes is frozen out at Wednesday. Completely.
Salford want to sign “free agent” Ben Marshall – good luck to their manager Graham Alexander with that one – he’ll need it.
And let’s all thank our favourite deity [if we have one] that we don’t follow Derby County. Disgraceful behaviour from all three players concerned. No more detail from me as court cases are pending but I’m sure you’ll all know what I’m referring to.
Selhurst Park has never been the land of milk and/or honey for us and so it has been proven again. 16 years without a win there now of course. Mind you they’ve got to come to the Carra yet…