Rating: ***1/2 (out of four)
Media of Choice: Setanta Sports, BBC Live Scores.
Shortly before Manchester United kicked off against the Hammers at Upton Park, I silently ruminated on Setanta’s policy of broadcasting live scores from other games in the PL during the main event. It’s kowtowing to the punters I thought to myself, a bit angrily. After all, sometime in the wee hours of the morning Setanta might rebroadcast my little midlands club visiting the
West Ham’s likely but unlikely victory at Upton Park was indeed a glorious game for the neutral; the play was neat and tidy, space opened up readily for the home side, some great chances were wasted by the Hammers in the first half, then a master-class goal from Ronaldo, a master-class missed penalty from Ronaldo, and two wonderful second-half set-piece goals from Anton Ferdinand (thank Christ Setanta didn’t play up the whole ‘brothers’ thing, everyone knows Rio was adopted from a Mongolian orphanage) and Matthew Upson to cap a deserved win. Details on this exciting victory can be found anywhere, let’s choose here.
But what really got the blood flowing on the day was the live score ticker. At first things seemed to be pretty normal, Chelsea up one-nil, Reading sneaking a goal and then getting pegged back at White Hart Lane, Villa (bloody f*cking Villa!!) and their annual Christmas Collapse, going down one-nil to TITUS BRAMBLE *endless sigh* at the JJB.
(Editor's Note: Please spare a few thoughts for the family of Phil O'Donnell, Motherwell captain, who collapsed and died today after Motherwell played Dundee United. He was by all accounts a stand-up Scot who made his team, his country, and most importantly, his family, proud. He will be missed.)