That vicious foul on AJ last night really throws a spanner in the works. Bobby Zamora’s change of shirt number seems to have revitalised his confidence – witness the way he absolutely leathered that third goal into the net – but it was bittersweet to reflect on just how well the pair linked up.
I’d imagine next in line is Erik Nevland. He’s a similar stature to AJ and is probably the best finisher at the club. He did stick one away rather clinically at Chelsea last season too. Mind you, if John Terry clatters into him early on Sunday as he did shortly after that goal at Stamford Bridge, I fear I won’t be able to control my rage.
It is interesting to note that Eddie Johnson made the bench ahead of Diomansy Kamara last night. Perhaps Roy took a dim view of Willy McKay’s pretty transparent efforts at stirring things up. Eddie’s been waiting for his chance for a while and there were signs in pre-season that he looked a lot more ready for first-team action but he’ll probably have to watch from the bench for starters on Sunday.