Even the weather gods seemed to favour the home team, by the time Scotland and Italy took the field at Hampden it had been 'raining stair rods' for hours in Glasgow.
The Scots are much more used to these conditions, they make it easier for players who are not so good (Scots) to stop players who are (Italians) that staple of the Scottish game the 'sliding tackle' comes to the fore on these occasions and it did here.
The weather along with a ferocious determination to compete by Scotland produced a fantastic match, despite losing a goal in the first two minutes the Scots. kept the game alive right to the end, some achievement when you are facing the world champions who significantly had everything to play for, this was a tremendous performance and one that can be built on.
But, there is always a but isn't there, the positives from the game have IMO been undermined by the hysterical whinging reaction of the Scottish press who went right over the top 'we wuz robbed' 'the linesman was a crook' etc. absolute garbage which makes Scotland look ridiculous, had this linesman got everything right the score would still have been Scotland 0 Italy 2 as he wrongly disallowed an Italian goal and wrongly awarded the Scottish goal.
Everyone associated with the team deserve praise and they behaved with dignity, is it too much to ask our press to do the same ?
At least England are still in it and I'm looking forward to seeing them go through tonight, they are persecuted by an even worse press than Scotland and it would be nice to see the team and their beleaguered manager triumph, I believe that if England go through they will immediately become a 'dark horse' to win it, I'm sure you will join me in wishing them the best of luck.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Ah yes, but lets hope Gordon Brown is not present as he has a 100% losing record so far while watching British teams from the stands. Rumour has it that the FA have asked him to stay away for fear that he is a jinx.
Well done, Councillor, a very generous and sensible post.
(I can't believe I'm writing this, I think I'll take a pill and go and lie down.)
We should have put you in our goals fattie. Then the Italians wouldn't have scored.
Cllr, I agree with david duff - what a good post.
That's two fan letters from two of the unlileliest sources - maybe you should start worrying.
Now....about councillors having to swear allegiance to HM??
It was a shame to see England go out last night. I'm sure their press who as you say are even worse than ours will have a field day.
(The Tiny Tartan Terror.) 22/11/2007 they have.
Why are you sure we'd wish England well? They're our fitba rivals and as petty as it is, that means we'd like to see them gubbed at every oppotunity. Just as the Smeltic and Rankgers, Man Utd and Liverpool and Arsenal and Spurs would too.
You're not really a Scotland supporter are you?
Oh let me guess, that'll make us all anti english xenophobes haha!
Poor neo labour - crumbling before our very eyes and still dont know how to deal with the Scottish surge in national identity and confidence.
(Anonymous) 28/11/07 - I’ve been writing and commenting about you for years you are classic, the kind to make Scots. Cringe with embarrassment.
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