(actual date of post – 24 August)
Match three – vs Blackpool home (League Cup)
Total mileage 69.9 miles
After two defeats in two in the Premier League, a Cup tie against lower league opposition gave a great opportunity for the first win of the season. It also saw debuts for new signings Christian Benteke and Steve Mandanda; and a very welcome return to the first team for James McArthur: how we have missed him. The performance had something of the air of a pre-season friendly (other than the atmosphere – with the Holmesdale Fanatics de-camped from their usual seats to Block E where I sit, or, as last night, stand).
The result was a straightforward 2-0 win – and also a straightforward cycle there and back.
Chant of the day – I thought about a ‘chant of the day’ feature after the Spurs game (where the winner would have been ‘Is this the Emirates’ aimed at the silent home fans). For last night, it was have been the long shout of ‘Steeeeeeeeeve’ every time that new keeper Steve Mandanda touched the ball. I am trying to get this chant introduced at home…