Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Billy on the Box: Aussies show they clearly don’t rule in cup football

At least the FA Cup would be free of Antipodean interference, surely? Errr, no.



Brad Jones made sure that wouldn’t be the case as his fumble gave once mighty Oldham a huge helping hand in one of the shocks of the weekend of, well, shocks.

News reaches me that Brendan Rodgers is set to pounce on Transfer Deadline day by grabbing another promising youngster from old club, Swansea. He was particularly impressed how he was able to smother the ball despite being under pressure and he’s checked and the ballboy is not Australian.

Jones’ error allowed Matt Smith to score and this confused me as the ITV footy presenter Matt Smith was nowhere to be seen at Boundary Park, or maybe he had been teleported there by Dr Who, or Matt Smith as he’s better known.

I think I need a spell in a darkened room.

Still, at least the schedulers had a bit of sense on Sunday putting on three games where shocks were a real possibility and so it proved, after, bizarrely, deciding to show the two Manchester clubs in their respective strolls the previous day.

It meant we missed out on Luton and MK Dons’ big days and the draw did them no favours with the Dons up against Barnsley and Luton playing host to Millwall. They’ve only finished clearing up from the last time they were there.

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