|"JAWDEEEZ, COCK OF THE NORTH!"|
"WE NEARLY 'COCKED' IT UP!" (AGAIN!)
Because aa woz the anly one who needed to get back for graft the next day (today at '2:30 bells'), aa got 'the short straw' and drove doon to the West Midlands in me 'canny tranny' 9 seater van for 'this one'! (4 of us aaltogether)
The jorney doon the various motorways to get there woz uneventful and we parked up aboot half a mile from The Hawthorns near the M5 motorway and caught the tram to central Bormingham for a few 'gargels' with those who had travelled doon by train (not much for me, az aa woz the driver!)
Az the match started, aboot a dozen inflatable male sex organs (plastic ones,NOT real ones!) were thrown aboot the away end in response to West Brom statin' that 'no 'windmills' would be allowed into the groond! (This woz itself in response to a Toon fan who dropped hiz strides at Oxfaad in the last roond and twerled hiz small 'manhood' like a windmill, which woz shown on live telly!)--It looked riDICKulous! (sic!)
|THE TOON ARE IN AALL ORANGE AZ WE ATTACK THE FAR GOAL|
The 5 goal 'feast' started just after the half hour mark:
25th minute: Saint-Maximin rattles the woodwork az The Toon press for the openin' goal!
33rd minute: Miggy Almiron latches onto a through baall and plants the baall into the back of the net at The Bormingham Road End to send the 5,050 faithful at the othaa end into unbridled joy!
1st half stoppage time: A back heel from Joelinton near the far post find Almiron who says "thank yoo very much!" and taps in from close range to double wor lead!
VIEW FROM ROW 'AA', SEAT 70, OF THE SMETHWICK END
46th minute: And then, with barely 30 seconds played in the 2nd half Lazaro chested the baall home in front of the away followin' to put us into the draw for the qwaataa finals of the competition!-----WHEY! not quite!---Az The Baggie Troosers pulled one back in the 73rd minute after sloppy defendin on wor part to give them a glimmer of hope and send The Toon Army into 'nail-bitin' mode!
It woz then 'backs to the waall' az West Brom went on the offensive with wor formation sent into disarray az 'Broken Nose Bruce' made two changes, takin' off wor best players who could run at their defence (Almiron and Saint-Maximin) replacing them with Shelvey and Gayle!
And then, horror upon horror we conceded a 2nd goal in the 3rd minute of stoppage time, after yet more bad defendin', to send The Toon Army into 'pullin oot hair' mode'!
A penalty appeal for the home side sent wor hearts into 'attack mode', (That's 'heart attack mode'!), but the ref waved 'play on' and we managed to survive!
We'd 'nearly 'cocked it up' (double sic!)----but live to fight anothaa day, with the draw takin place tooneet 'late on'! (Approximately '10 bells'. NUFC are baall number 4)
Toon team: Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles, Schar, Rose, Lazaro (Lejeune 91), S. Longstaff, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin (Gayle 80), Almiron (Shelvey 71)
Attendance: 25,000 estimated? (5,050 Toon fans singin the 'Tell mee maa, we're goin to Wembley', song)
2 days later: Official attendance: 21,577 (We bring yoo the news 1st hand, 2nd!)
*The pre match 'gargels' took place here!