Sunday, July 23, 2006


NFI against IFK!

Okay so the headline is a little harsh but we have just played out a 2-1 loss in Sweden against a team who only last week lost 1-0 to Derry City in the UEFA Cup. I beleive this was mainly due to the use of many younger fringe players in the squad and as it happens we finished the game with 4 teenagers in Midfield - Kyel Ried, Hogan Ephraim, Mark Noble & Tony Stokes.

We started brightly and went ahead early from a goal by Bobby Zamora. IFK equalised just before half time and went on to grab a last minute winner to finish the game 2-1. Positives are that Marlon got his first game under his belt and Zamora scored a well taken goal. However this is soured not only by the result but the fact that Anton Ferdinand went off after 25 minutes with a strained hamstring. He has gone home for a scan and it is not known if he will be fit for the start of the season. This is a huge blow as Danny Gabbidon is currently nursing an injury and did not travel to Sweden with the lads. Pards will have to tinker with the side a little for the final game in the tour of Sweden this week.

Also contrary to reports that James Walker has left the club he started in this game. Not sure where you got your info from Graham but Tony and I were a little confused because we swear you said he had left?

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