Previously v Crystal Palace
It’s an extraordinarily bad game. Creatively awful. Sorry if you were hoping for more dramatic build up, more suspense than that. Too bad. I sat through it, if you were hoping for drama then you clearly didn’t bloody do so and you’ll get what you’re given and like it.
Previously v Southampton
Manolo Gabbiadini continued his thunderous introduction to English football, scoring his sixth goal in four games, to help Claude Puel’s side put their EFL Cup Final defeat behind them. Southampton again looked rocky in defence but were exceptional going forward and caused Walter Mazzarri’s sluggish side all sorts of problems as they climbed back into the top half of the Premier League.
It’s 4pm. We’ve opted against the scrum for the tube in favour of a leisurely walk in the sunshine back to Kings Cross. There’s a workman painting a doorway on Caledonian Road, the Kinks’ “Sunny Afternoon” rumbles out of his radio. It’s a perfect soundtrack for what is a necessary but overlooked feature of stunning days like this one… the dazed post-match taking-it-all-in thing.