Roy the Wheeler Dealer

Just a few hours to go now until the end of the transfer window and it looks like our Roy’s done quite a good bit of business. We’ve already seen Brede Hangeland and Leon Andreasen on the pitch – and both look very useful – while Eddie Johnson and fellow striker Erik Nevland should be in the squad soon. In addition, we’ve today got confirmation that the hugely experienced Jari Litmanen is here to the end of the season, as well as the signing of defender Toni Kallio from the curiously named Swiss side BSC Young Boys. In addition, Fifa still hasn’t made up its mind yet about whether we’re allowed to have Daniel Cousin due to this quite frankly bizarre, non-sensical rule about not being able to play for three games in a season. Why a decision is taking so long is totally beyond me. Bureaucratic nonsense.

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Sanchez: more neck than a giraffe

Fresh from destroying the backbone of our team and dumping us into the relegation zone, the wonderfully over-rated Lawrie Sanchez is now back in the jobs market (click here) It really does beggar belief. After being such a colossal failure you would at least think he’d have the good grace to lie low for a bit wouldn’t you? Skin thicker than a rhino’s backside.

A point in the bag

Not sure whether to be happy or disappointed with last night’s result. The positives were our first point since Birmingham away on December 29th; our first clean sheet since the home match against Derby back in October; and two good debuts for new signings Leon Andreasen and Brede Hangeland. However, a point still leaves us four adrift of safety so it seems to be absurd to celebrate too much. There is a lot of work still to do but at least we’re heading in the right direction.

Crunch match at the Reebok

So then, fingers crossed for three points tonight. It won’t be enough to enable us to climb out of the relegation zone but it will give us some hope for the coming months. Roy Hodgson has confirmed that our new Norwegian giant Brede Hangleand will be in the starting 11 – and the rumour is that Bully may also get a full 90 minutes under his belt.

Good luck lads we really need this.

Super Bazza

Just been watching the Leicester v Crystal Palace match and delighted to see one of our old boys Barry Hayles get the winner…Also amused to read this description of his goal on the BBC website: “In a tight contest Hayles bundled home from close range with a minute to go.”

How many times have we seen that eh? My abiding memory of Bazza was his continual hustling, backing into players and generally causing trouble; fantastic stuff.

However, it also got me thinking. When he first came (as our first ever £2m player if i recall correctly) there were plenty of us that thought Kevin Keegan had bought a duff player as he seemed to take an eternity to settle down…sound like anyone we know…Joe Kamara?

When Bazza got into his stride, however, he was a joy. My best ever memory: His last gasp goal in the FA Cup replay match against Southampton in a evening game at the Cottage which set us up for a trip to Old Trafford. Great memories. Good on ya Barry.

Slaven Bilic

Picking up on a line from Rich at CCN, Croatia coach Slaven Bilic was apparently at Bristol Rovers last night…just days after being spotted in the directors’ box at the Cottage. Intriguing stuff eh? See here for a Times piece on it.

Oh dear

Does it get any worse than this? Being dumped out of the cup by a League One side…yes folks, that’s the THIRD division of English football. By all accounts Jimmy Bullard was outstanding, yet cruelly it was his penalty miss that proved decisive.

For any other Premier League team the draws we’ve had in this year’s competition would have been a dream come true. Bristol Rovers followed by Barnet. We should be dreaming of Wembley this morning not licking our wounds after yet another defeat.

A clutch of new signings have either been made or are about to be made, according to press reports, so hopefully we’ll hear some confirmations later today to lift our spirits.