Monday, 9 August 2010

Football Returns

The new season began this weekend and life began to make sense again. The Championship kicked off Saturday with some suprise results and Sunday followed with the Community Shield.

I began the day by heading down to watch Cardiff City play Sheffield United at the Cardiff City Stadium, which is possibly the least imaginative stadium name in football history. After Sheffield United went 1 - 0 through Ched Evans they tried to strangle the game and play it out for the 1 - 0 win. The keeper took an age to take goal kicks and they failed to do anything with any haste. The game changed when United were down to ten men after a straight red for Lowton. Cardiff dominated, but took 30 minutes to equalise through Jay Bothroyd and then failed to score a winner. Sheffield United were very bad losers and bad sportsmen from start to finish as they tried every trick they could to ruin a good game of football. However, I was entertained and it was worth a watch.

Then it was into Canton to watch Man Utd vs Chelsea in the Community Shield. The pub was rammed and I couldn't hear the commentary over the muffled sound of a hundred drunken voices, but at least I was bang in front of the TV. Dave the Rave was with me and suffering for his sins the night before as his hangover got the better of him. My sore throat and lack of voice was worsened by the shouting on the terraces of Cardiff and so we barely spoke to each other throughout the game.

The game itself was decent. Sometimes these games are dull and boring as it's only a glorified friendly with a trophy at the end. United looked sharp and played with pace form the start, but Chelsea looked a little lacking. United's new signing Javier Hernandez or Chicorito, or his shirt say, looked a good little player and I'm confident he will settle into our team. He didn't look nervous, played his usual game and seemed at ease with being thrown into life at the deep end. Valencia put United ahead assisted by Rooney before Chicorito grabbed his first United goal for 2 - 0. Chelsea pulled one back through Kalou and looked a better team, but Berbatov rounded off the game with a stunning chip over the Chelsea keeper.

A satisfying 3 - 1 for United saw them took first blood against their main rivals Chelsea and with how United were playing I'm confident this season can be successful and trophy filled.

A cracking day of football. This season promises to be tight in the Premiership and the Championship so I'm expecting some great football after a disappointing World Cup.

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