Chances came and went, one such resulting in a penalty claim for a handball that Troy in particular seemed utterly convinced by and protested at length to the official in a manner that confirmed that “not quite at full pelt – it’s only a friendly after all”, in Troy’s case, means mere utter commitment rather than demonic possession.
A very entertaining performance on a lovely Summer evening with a couple of goals to savour and a chance to become more familiar with some of the new boys. The more I see of Doucouré, the more I like him. He has described himself as a box to box midfielder, which was every apparent in this game and he has a lovely touch. Sinclair again looked lively and, this time, found the net. But man of the match was Capoue who put in a typically assured performance topped off with a lovely goal.
Prior to kick-off, Don and co. were joined by Troy Deeney who Don quizzed about the pre-season tour. Troy was not playing because of a knock but said he’d done three training sessions that day. As always, he was very willing to chat and pose for photos. One guy asked if he was going to stay. “I’ve just signed a new contract, what more can I do?”