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Aston Villa v Boro (25-11-2006)

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Against the Villa this day, I honestly do feel,
That we might well just surprise their manager, O’Neill,
Of course, it’s bound to be one real mighty toughie,
And oh, what we would give, for another one like Cloughie.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 At home, up to now, they have not lost a game,
A record certainly worthy of all their acclaim,
After three-hundred-minutes their goal remains intact,
So I guess the time’s now ripe for that record to be cracked.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 It’s a great afternoon: quite cold, but really bright,
And Malcolm Christie now returns, much to everyone’s delight,
And Abel Xavier, too, is back to join the action,
Following his full year out for some alleged strange drugs’ infraction.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The referee set up Christie with an unfortunate deflection,
Had it cost the Villa a goal he’d have needed some protection,
It’s perhaps just as well that the chance wasn’t taken,
So that ‘miss’ by young Christie perhaps saved the referee’s bacon.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 A stinging drive from Bouma was pushed well wide by Boro’s stopper,
Villa upped the pace and then we almost came a cropper,
When Cahill missed the target, from about just three yards out,
It was easier to score than miss, without the slightest doubt.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Barry’s cross reached Cahill, in the middle of the goal,
He tried some fancy flick, but he didn’t have control,
O’Neill, on the sidelines, looked on in total disbelief,
And from Southgate came a smile: one of absolute relief.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Then Schwarzer lunged quite bravely at the onrushing Barry,
As Villa upped the ante, to continuously harry,
Then, as so often happens, Villa’s plans went totally wrong,
When Boro scored through Christie, who’s been injured for so long.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Whether it was offside is a matter of dispute,
Some, of course, say, “Yes,” which the others just refute,
I believe that Villa’s man got the final, slightest touch,
Christie did look sheepish, but then said, “Thanks very much.”

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Within just about two minutes Petrov’s quite dramatic fall,
Was adjudged as a penalty and Barry swiftly grabbed the ball,
Slotting home with great ease: the price that Boro paid was dear,
It never was a penalty and the punishment was severe.
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The second half began with Villa once more on attack,
Then Mellberg’s superb block stopped a great shot from the Yak,
The hosts maintained great pressure: and both had goals disallowed,
And Boro’s big defenders stood there: tall and oh, so proud.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 It’s a torrid spell for Boro with Villa knocking on the door,
We couldn’t cope at all, with Gabriel Agbonlahor,
And Pogatetz was carded for a challenge on their ‘keeper,
So the mountain we still had to climb, was looking ever steeper.

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The pacy Baros joins the fray and pressure then increases,
Petrov and Captain Barry went on to tear us all to pieces,
Then the ever-dangerous Mellberg almost had the Boro derailed,
But he placed his header wide of goal so, thankfully, he failed.

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Sorenson had to leave after his Pogatetz collision,
Taylor took his place in goal: an understandable decision,
Then the really speedy Baros missed a goal with Schwarzer rooted,
And Barry, who had laid it on, wasn’t awfully suited.

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 Chances came and both sides had a late, late chance to win it,
First to miss was Baros, then Cattermole, within a minute,
Then came the final whistle and we’d all run out of steam,
And Boro’s first away win still remains a distant dream.

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 I think that, with a single point, we should all be quite delighted,
For remember our next fixture, is at home, to Man. United,
Both goals were quite contentious and that, each manager admits,
But Boro’s Gareth Southgate talks of being, “Chuffed to bits.”

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 George Kirby

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 (25-11-2006)

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/aston-villa-v-boro-25-11-2006/