SWINDON TOWN: Benson urges focus ahead of Shrewsbury

Paul Benson

Paul Benson

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PAUL Benson admits that the old cliche “after the Lord Mayor’s Show” does have some substance within football, as he and his teammates try to prevent history repeating itself yet again when they travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The Robins have struggled in the league in games immediately after big cup triumphs this season, with the victories over Brighton and Stoke preceding a clumsy goalless draw with Hartlepool and a hiding on the road at Preston.

Having seen off Burnley in the Capital One Cup in midweek, Swindon return to the nitty gritty of League One with a trip to Shropshire this weekend and Benson said Town’s players must work together to prevent their small bout of cup comedowns from becoming an epidemic.

He told the Advertiser: “We’ve got to learn from the experiences and the way we address training over the next few days. When we get in we’ve got to get our heads off winning as soon as possible. “The focus has got to be on Shrewsbury, we’ve got to be as professional as we can and try to block out all the memories and focus solely on getting three points at Shrewsbury.

“It’s disappointing we came off like we did at Stoke and against Brighton and follow-it up with sub-par performances, so we have to hope lightning doesn’t strike for a third time.

“I think (after the Lord Mayor’s Show) does exist. I think you can fester on results too long - whether it be a win or a defeat - so I think the gaffer’s right when he says you’ve got to cancel your last performance.

“It’s how you deal with that as an individual player. Hopefully we’ve learnt from our past two experiences and this time we’ll put in a performance that gets us three points.”

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8:40am Thu 27 Sep 12

umpcah says...

A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with !
A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with ! umpcah
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9:06am Thu 27 Sep 12

London Red says...

He said against Preston he knew he should make changes - but then decided to let them go again - he then said never again!
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So I too would expect a few changes - not drastic though
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Think the back 5 will remain - though depending on how fit (match) he thinks Troy is he may swap him with Ward
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Expect a change in midfield with Ferry coming in - probably for Navarro
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Also expect a change up top with Collins starting as it is Shrewsbury
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The team is now settleing down and we are almost back to the "super 7" situation of last year
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Wes, Macca, McEveley, Ritchie, Miller
Roberts and Williams being the 7
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Thompson has a real chance now to make that 8 and I think he would prefer to have a settled CB pairing
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So soon it could simply be who partners Miller/Williams in the middle and up top
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Win is ideal obviously - but would be happy with a point away as long as we put in a decent performance
He said against Preston he knew he should make changes - but then decided to let them go again - he then said never again! . So I too would expect a few changes - not drastic though . Think the back 5 will remain - though depending on how fit (match) he thinks Troy is he may swap him with Ward . Expect a change in midfield with Ferry coming in - probably for Navarro . Also expect a change up top with Collins starting as it is Shrewsbury . The team is now settleing down and we are almost back to the "super 7" situation of last year . Wes, Macca, McEveley, Ritchie, Miller Roberts and Williams being the 7 . Thompson has a real chance now to make that 8 and I think he would prefer to have a settled CB pairing . So soon it could simply be who partners Miller/Williams in the middle and up top . Win is ideal obviously - but would be happy with a point away as long as we put in a decent performance London Red
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9:12am Thu 27 Sep 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

umpcah wrote:
A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with !
Shrewsbury are no pushovers on their own patch (or on their travels for that matter) and I for one am going but in the knowledge that 1pt may be the best we should expect....hope for more but don't expect it.
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I hope Benson starts with Williams as their combined pace and closing down causes all sorts of issues to opposition defences.
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Just noticed that the last 5 games between us have all finished 2-1 lets hope we get the 2 this time! :-)
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with ![/p][/quote]Shrewsbury are no pushovers on their own patch (or on their travels for that matter) and I for one am going but in the knowledge that 1pt may be the best we should expect....hope for more but don't expect it. ---. I hope Benson starts with Williams as their combined pace and closing down causes all sorts of issues to opposition defences. ---. Just noticed that the last 5 games between us have all finished 2-1 lets hope we get the 2 this time! :-) SAPFanSTFC
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9:26am Thu 27 Sep 12

umpcah says...

SAPFanSTFC wrote:
umpcah wrote:
A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with !
Shrewsbury are no pushovers on their own patch (or on their travels for that matter) and I for one am going but in the knowledge that 1pt may be the best we should expect....hope for more but don't expect it.
---.
I hope Benson starts with Williams as their combined pace and closing down causes all sorts of issues to opposition defences.
---.
Just noticed that the last 5 games between us have all finished 2-1 lets hope we get the 2 this time! :-)
I reckon you`ll see another good game on Saturday. Matt Ritchie will probably be seen as the man to mark out of the game which could give Benson and Williams space to run the Shrews defence ragged ! That`s assuming that all three are chosen to play !
[quote][p][bold]SAPFanSTFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with ![/p][/quote]Shrewsbury are no pushovers on their own patch (or on their travels for that matter) and I for one am going but in the knowledge that 1pt may be the best we should expect....hope for more but don't expect it. ---. I hope Benson starts with Williams as their combined pace and closing down causes all sorts of issues to opposition defences. ---. Just noticed that the last 5 games between us have all finished 2-1 lets hope we get the 2 this time! :-)[/p][/quote]I reckon you`ll see another good game on Saturday. Matt Ritchie will probably be seen as the man to mark out of the game which could give Benson and Williams space to run the Shrews defence ragged ! That`s assuming that all three are chosen to play ! umpcah
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9:31am Thu 27 Sep 12

Psychedelic Syd says...

Shrewsbury will be a tough match and we can't take anything for granted. I think a lot of L 1 teams will raise their game when they play us because of Paolo and our growing reputation. Looking forward to the match though, hope we carry on from where we left off and also that LR is right about Ferry starting instead of Navarro. He's OK but nothing special whereas Si is easily capable of playing in the Championship. COYMR! Roll on Saturday.
Shrewsbury will be a tough match and we can't take anything for granted. I think a lot of L 1 teams will raise their game when they play us because of Paolo and our growing reputation. Looking forward to the match though, hope we carry on from where we left off and also that LR is right about Ferry starting instead of Navarro. He's OK but nothing special whereas Si is easily capable of playing in the Championship. COYMR! Roll on Saturday. Psychedelic Syd
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11:29am Thu 27 Sep 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

umpcah wrote:
SAPFanSTFC wrote:
umpcah wrote:
A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with !
Shrewsbury are no pushovers on their own patch (or on their travels for that matter) and I for one am going but in the knowledge that 1pt may be the best we should expect....hope for more but don't expect it.
---.
I hope Benson starts with Williams as their combined pace and closing down causes all sorts of issues to opposition defences.
---.
Just noticed that the last 5 games between us have all finished 2-1 lets hope we get the 2 this time! :-)
I reckon you`ll see another good game on Saturday. Matt Ritchie will probably be seen as the man to mark out of the game which could give Benson and Williams space to run the Shrews defence ragged ! That`s assuming that all three are chosen to play !
As per Syd I'm hoping Ferry will start - his only issue is his height when up against the 'bigger' teams hence why I think Navarro gets the nod more than most of us would choose.
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Am really looking forward to Saturday though as it should be good football but want to see how we react to a big physical side again....was the Orient defeat a 'REAL' turning point?
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAPFanSTFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: A team that beat Burnley ought to trounce Shrewsbury but Paolo knows that`s unlikely to happen. I expect a few changes to the starting eleven but still a strong bench ; and hopefully three more points to come back with ![/p][/quote]Shrewsbury are no pushovers on their own patch (or on their travels for that matter) and I for one am going but in the knowledge that 1pt may be the best we should expect....hope for more but don't expect it. ---. I hope Benson starts with Williams as their combined pace and closing down causes all sorts of issues to opposition defences. ---. Just noticed that the last 5 games between us have all finished 2-1 lets hope we get the 2 this time! :-)[/p][/quote]I reckon you`ll see another good game on Saturday. Matt Ritchie will probably be seen as the man to mark out of the game which could give Benson and Williams space to run the Shrews defence ragged ! That`s assuming that all three are chosen to play ![/p][/quote]As per Syd I'm hoping Ferry will start - his only issue is his height when up against the 'bigger' teams hence why I think Navarro gets the nod more than most of us would choose. -- Am really looking forward to Saturday though as it should be good football but want to see how we react to a big physical side again....was the Orient defeat a 'REAL' turning point? SAPFanSTFC
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11:48am Thu 27 Sep 12

Dover Red says...

Hope to see Paul get a start again, he is such a good pro and real plus in any team. Though in PDC we trust, his selections are doing the job so no player choice moans from me !
Hope to see Paul get a start again, he is such a good pro and real plus in any team. Though in PDC we trust, his selections are doing the job so no player choice moans from me ! Dover Red
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12:14pm Thu 27 Sep 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Well done Dover that's the spirit - leave it to the main man. I know Paolo said never again after Stoke but have I dreamt he said he might keep it the same after the Burnley game because we were so good?

Troy every day of the week for me and not sure he'll start with Si away from home with two wingers. Just a hunch.

Not expecting a win Saturday but hoping for one just like against Burnley.
Well done Dover that's the spirit - leave it to the main man. I know Paolo said never again after Stoke but have I dreamt he said he might keep it the same after the Burnley game because we were so good? Troy every day of the week for me and not sure he'll start with Si away from home with two wingers. Just a hunch. Not expecting a win Saturday but hoping for one just like against Burnley. dreamofacleansheet2
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12:28pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Guildford Way Red says...

Alan Navarro complements Miller in midfield. He does not let the opposition settle on the ball. When he came off against Portsmouth his replacement was backing off all the time instead of trying to force them into making mistakes. Navarro did the same very effectively against Burnley. I love Ferry's drive, passing and skill on the ball, but there has to be a defensive midfielder in the there to give the team a platform.
Alan Navarro complements Miller in midfield. He does not let the opposition settle on the ball. When he came off against Portsmouth his replacement was backing off all the time instead of trying to force them into making mistakes. Navarro did the same very effectively against Burnley. I love Ferry's drive, passing and skill on the ball, but there has to be a defensive midfielder in the there to give the team a platform. Guildford Way Red
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12:35pm Thu 27 Sep 12

BorisIsTheSpider says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Well done Dover that's the spirit - leave it to the main man. I know Paolo said never again after Stoke but have I dreamt he said he might keep it the same after the Burnley game because we were so good?

Troy every day of the week for me and not sure he'll start with Si away from home with two wingers. Just a hunch.

Not expecting a win Saturday but hoping for one just like against Burnley.
No - you didn't dream this (along with your clean sheet). He did drop a massive hint that he would keep the same side.
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Well done Dover that's the spirit - leave it to the main man. I know Paolo said never again after Stoke but have I dreamt he said he might keep it the same after the Burnley game because we were so good? Troy every day of the week for me and not sure he'll start with Si away from home with two wingers. Just a hunch. Not expecting a win Saturday but hoping for one just like against Burnley.[/p][/quote]No - you didn't dream this (along with your clean sheet). He did drop a massive hint that he would keep the same side. BorisIsTheSpider
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12:47pm Thu 27 Sep 12

London Red says...

Guildford - you are certainly right about Portsmouth and in general away from home
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Miller and Ferry though were brilliant against MK - but we were at home and totally dominant!
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Maybe PdC will think we can oppose ourselves on Shrewsbury and therefore go with that combo
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If we get our noses ahead he can always bring Navarro on to sure it up
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Thats the great thing about this season we have real options and leaving players out is not an easy call in pretty much every spot except GK!
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My initial post by the way was not anti Navarro or Benson - it was just the changes I think might happen
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Ferry and Navarro might work just as well - but seeing Miller has started every league game can't see him dropping out just yet
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Maybe as the season goes on as his age will start to show as we saw with Benson - but not yet
Guildford - you are certainly right about Portsmouth and in general away from home . Miller and Ferry though were brilliant against MK - but we were at home and totally dominant! . Maybe PdC will think we can oppose ourselves on Shrewsbury and therefore go with that combo . If we get our noses ahead he can always bring Navarro on to sure it up . Thats the great thing about this season we have real options and leaving players out is not an easy call in pretty much every spot except GK! . My initial post by the way was not anti Navarro or Benson - it was just the changes I think might happen . Ferry and Navarro might work just as well - but seeing Miller has started every league game can't see him dropping out just yet . Maybe as the season goes on as his age will start to show as we saw with Benson - but not yet London Red
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1:42pm Thu 27 Sep 12

the wizard says...

Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.
Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park. the wizard
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2:09pm Thu 27 Sep 12

SeanG92 says...

Benson is right, we can afford another slip up like preston. Im pretty confident tbh, we're in good form, playing good football, and have 4 strikers who are all in a bit of form.
Benson is right, we can afford another slip up like preston. Im pretty confident tbh, we're in good form, playing good football, and have 4 strikers who are all in a bit of form. SeanG92
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5:39pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

the wizard wrote:
Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.
What did he say Wiz? I have a feeling Turner is much misunderstood. I remember him saying that he and PDC have very different styles - nothing wrong with that. And of course he had that out of character rant about the non-penalty in the game here last season. He was wrong to do it, as I think he admitted later, but let's be honest - every one of us would have been in a rage if that had happened to us. Decent bloke who lost his rag, that's all. Unless I've missed something of course.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.[/p][/quote]What did he say Wiz? I have a feeling Turner is much misunderstood. I remember him saying that he and PDC have very different styles - nothing wrong with that. And of course he had that out of character rant about the non-penalty in the game here last season. He was wrong to do it, as I think he admitted later, but let's be honest - every one of us would have been in a rage if that had happened to us. Decent bloke who lost his rag, that's all. Unless I've missed something of course. Oi Den!
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5:54pm Thu 27 Sep 12

akershaker says...

Benson should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, in my opinion. Collins looks a good player and will only get better - but Benson brings much more to the team at the moment: strength on the ball, shape to the attack, fantastic positional play, opens up the play, clinical. He is not flashy, but that's not his game - he won't run past 3 defenders or score from 30yards - but his professionalism is outstanding and, quietly, he does a fantastic job for us.
Benson should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, in my opinion. Collins looks a good player and will only get better - but Benson brings much more to the team at the moment: strength on the ball, shape to the attack, fantastic positional play, opens up the play, clinical. He is not flashy, but that's not his game - he won't run past 3 defenders or score from 30yards - but his professionalism is outstanding and, quietly, he does a fantastic job for us. akershaker
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10:33pm Thu 27 Sep 12

the wizard says...

Oi Den! wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.
What did he say Wiz? I have a feeling Turner is much misunderstood. I remember him saying that he and PDC have very different styles - nothing wrong with that. And of course he had that out of character rant about the non-penalty in the game here last season. He was wrong to do it, as I think he admitted later, but let's be honest - every one of us would have been in a rage if that had happened to us. Decent bloke who lost his rag, that's all. Unless I've missed something of course.
Hi Den,

Sorry just caught your post from earlier. I know it was last season but he was doing his pundit bit and afterwards got stuck into us and had a general moan about the team and Canioman and had a right moan about anything he could. Some will no doubt remember it far better than me, but it stank of sour grapes. I thought he was better than that but what a right miserable 5od he turned out to be that evening.

Anyroad, I hope we do a number on them, practice for Villa, and as always the three points are most welcome.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.[/p][/quote]What did he say Wiz? I have a feeling Turner is much misunderstood. I remember him saying that he and PDC have very different styles - nothing wrong with that. And of course he had that out of character rant about the non-penalty in the game here last season. He was wrong to do it, as I think he admitted later, but let's be honest - every one of us would have been in a rage if that had happened to us. Decent bloke who lost his rag, that's all. Unless I've missed something of course.[/p][/quote]Hi Den, Sorry just caught your post from earlier. I know it was last season but he was doing his pundit bit and afterwards got stuck into us and had a general moan about the team and Canioman and had a right moan about anything he could. Some will no doubt remember it far better than me, but it stank of sour grapes. I thought he was better than that but what a right miserable 5od he turned out to be that evening. Anyroad, I hope we do a number on them, practice for Villa, and as always the three points are most welcome. the wizard
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8:43am Fri 28 Sep 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

the wizard wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.
What did he say Wiz? I have a feeling Turner is much misunderstood. I remember him saying that he and PDC have very different styles - nothing wrong with that. And of course he had that out of character rant about the non-penalty in the game here last season. He was wrong to do it, as I think he admitted later, but let's be honest - every one of us would have been in a rage if that had happened to us. Decent bloke who lost his rag, that's all. Unless I've missed something of course.
Hi Den,

Sorry just caught your post from earlier. I know it was last season but he was doing his pundit bit and afterwards got stuck into us and had a general moan about the team and Canioman and had a right moan about anything he could. Some will no doubt remember it far better than me, but it stank of sour grapes. I thought he was better than that but what a right miserable 5od he turned out to be that evening.

Anyroad, I hope we do a number on them, practice for Villa, and as always the three points are most welcome.
I remember that all too well and really changed my opinion of of the guy - if I remember rightly it was also a day or two later so not a heat of the moment comment on this occasion....he also repeated his anti STFC comments prior to the second match....albeit they were badly disguised along with an "I agree with Sweaty Jeavons" tag line.
===
Stick it to 'em on Saturday!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Graham Turner has been far from complementary about Canioman, in fact quite rude in his comments, so I hope tactics are devised to make him eat his words due to the result. In short, I hope we play them off the park.[/p][/quote]What did he say Wiz? I have a feeling Turner is much misunderstood. I remember him saying that he and PDC have very different styles - nothing wrong with that. And of course he had that out of character rant about the non-penalty in the game here last season. He was wrong to do it, as I think he admitted later, but let's be honest - every one of us would have been in a rage if that had happened to us. Decent bloke who lost his rag, that's all. Unless I've missed something of course.[/p][/quote]Hi Den, Sorry just caught your post from earlier. I know it was last season but he was doing his pundit bit and afterwards got stuck into us and had a general moan about the team and Canioman and had a right moan about anything he could. Some will no doubt remember it far better than me, but it stank of sour grapes. I thought he was better than that but what a right miserable 5od he turned out to be that evening. Anyroad, I hope we do a number on them, practice for Villa, and as always the three points are most welcome.[/p][/quote]I remember that all too well and really changed my opinion of of the guy - if I remember rightly it was also a day or two later so not a heat of the moment comment on this occasion....he also repeated his anti STFC comments prior to the second match....albeit they were badly disguised along with an "I agree with Sweaty Jeavons" tag line. === Stick it to 'em on Saturday! SAPFanSTFC
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