It’s really been a bad day for me in terms of football.
United lost to City with only two games left in the season and City is now level on points with United but in top position due to a better goal difference.
I’m absolutely gutted that we couldn’t finish off Everton last weekend, lost to Wigan a couple of weeks ago and fell to Blackburn during the Christmas period. If we had won all those games, we wouldn’t be finding ourselves in this vulnerable position and would probably have wrapped the title up by now.
We only registered three shots on goal last night and NONE on target. Yes NONE. That’s unforgivable for a team like United.
Now I can only hope Newcastle can do us a favour next weekend and get a result against City and fingers cross, let the title stay in the red half of Manchester. At this point in time, the title is City’s to lose.
Turning to local football, Melbourne Victory hasn’t been in the best of forms for this season even though we signed probably the biggest star of the league thus far, Harry Kewell. The only shining beacon of light for me this season was the performance of Ante Covic who has saved our blushes a couple of times.
Our defence looked out of sorts in some games and the experience of Covic has pulled us through and got us a couple of draws. Covic was in fact supposed to be a back up to new signing from Perth Glory, Tando Velaphi. Velaphi injured himself early on during pre-season and Covic was thrusted in the spotlight and he did not disappoint. In fact, he did so well that he was voted as Melbourne Victory’s Player of the Season.
And with Covic’s contract expiring this season, what did Melbourne Victory do? With Velaphi now returning from injury and youngster Lawrence Thomas on the bylines, Victory deemed that Covic was surplus to demands despite consistent performances this season and saving Brett Emerton’s penalty in the first game of the season against Sydney FC.
Melbourne Victory announced that they had released Ante Covic from the club along with another stalwart, former Manchester United trainee Grant Brebner.
I respect the fact that newly appointed coach Ange Postecoglou wants to make new changes to the team who did so badly this season but keeping sub par performers like Archie Thompson and Danny Allsop p (who played for Manchester City between 1998 – 2000 and is turning 34 years old in August) just does not sit well with me.
What infuriated me further was when someone tweeted to the Melbourne Victory twitter account and asked why was Covic released and this was their response:
So Covic was plain “unlucky” because his contract was expiring and Velaphi and Thomas wasn’t? This is how you reward a player who played well for the club? A player who has been ever present for Victory is taken for granted whereas a star like Kewell isn’t even going to be showing up for the upcoming friendly against Olympiakos.
The football teams I am supporting are seriously giving me the shits these couple of days. I’m going to go back to watching The Voice on telly. #fml