Well, its a little stale, but as you can tell from the title, its because I was away on holiday in Hong Kong. But a little thing like that won't stop me from catching what was supposed to be the beginning of our resurgence... But sadly that wasn't to be...
Anyway, I caught the game on the tele in my hotel room and I watched the whole bloody game with Cantonese commentary. This is a first for me. I should also point out that my Canto is memang half-past-six, so I didn't really understand what was going on 3/4 of the time.
After about 20 or so minutes Han Lei (Henry) had a "wong kam kei wui" (golden opportunity) to put us in front, but "AIYAAAAAAAA"... Hit the post. From then on we went from strength to strength. So there it was, Fan Puh See (I kid you not) finished with style after a "leng poh" from Loong Pak Koh (Ljungberg). But sadly, it was ruled offside.
Before you knew it, Lob Ban managed to sneak in after Koh Lo Tou Lei (I was expecting Koh Lo Tiu Lei) decided to play in attack while Soh Kam Poh played him marginally onside, which is a similar position to Fan Puh See earlie. After the goal, Ah See Noh simply lost confidence, what with two "hau sang chai" in the middle (Speaking of chai, for some reason Owen is known as Owen Chai). But the same could be said about Lam Pah Tat (Seriously. And Gerrard is Ger Lah Tat) who seemed a little out of sorts that night.
And it was quite frustrating watching "Ai San" (Essien) walked off scot free with just a "wong pai" (yellow card) from the ref. But truth to be told, Fah Pei Kah See and Flamini (I couldn't catch the Canto version, or probably he just didn't receive enough of the ball to be called!) was no match for the might of Ai San and Mak Kah Lei Lei (this is my personal favourite). Bringing on the fragile Pei Leh See also didn't help our cause.
It was a good game but I wouldn't say we were outclassed especially in the first half where we were a match for the Russian army... Until Lob Ban scored in off the post. The 2nd half was pure frustration as Kol See scored another one off the post as well. Its ironic how Fan Puh See's marginal onside was called off, but Lob Ban was allowed to play on. And its even more ironic that Han Lei's shot hit the post and went out but Lob Ban and Kol See's went in.
I have to mention though... Moh Lei No and Weng Ka should start growing up lah. What matters more is what goes on on the pitch, and I have to say Weng Ka sing sang, its not happening!