Who says Germans have no sense of humour?
No team list up for this game as I guess everyone was in a state of shock that Mad Jens was in goal. I can't help but feel that Almunia's knee injury was partly in his head having been manningered over this season.
Manninger: (verb) to strip of every last gram of self belief
It has reached the stage for the Spaniard where there must be a real sense of relief not to have to play. No such possibility of that happening in the mind of the Crazy Kraut. His finest moment might have been in the tunnel before the game as he told the ref that it was his duty to look after pensioners!
He made some errors and may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch but he doesn't have to be a good enough keeper to play a season in the premiership. If he's just good enough for half a dozen games then we can be thankful for that in this bizarre season for keepers. To think that in the unbeaten season he`d played 50 out of 55 games, missing only the league cup games. As Graham Stack was our back up that season it's as well we enjoyed a little more fortune then than we have this season.
If Jens had gone off for any reason then Robin van Persie would have gone in goal. After the game Robin claimed, with a smile, that he was actually a very good keeper and that Jens would confirm it which he sort of did, with a smile too. As RvP was such a key to any attacking threat we had though the costs might have outweighed the benefits.
After the game Jens said that if this was the last ever game of his resumed career then at least it was a winning one. A thought that should put a smile on anyone's face but I suspect there are still some challenges left.
We can look forward, from the relative comfort of a much needed win, to LD's match report when he gets back from the game . He'll probably have lost his kiss-me-quick hat and the mixed smells of salty sea air, candy floss, Guinness, fried onions and hamburger fat will have worn off by the time he does.
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