Saturday, 12 May 2007

Welcome to the Terrordome

I got so much trouble on my mind
I refuse to lose
Here's your ticket
Hear the drummer get wicked

Yeah, that's the other Chuck D...

Tomorrow, we welcome Örebro to what I believe will be a day of utter terror for them. And I say that knowing next to nothing about their team (all I know is if you pick Allsvenskan in FM2007 and don't buy Nedim Halilovic you're denying yourself success). I still feel confident that they have dim prospects tomorrow, for the following reasons:

  • Richard Kingson has been looking really sharp, and I think he has made our defense go from shaky to solid by structuring things around the penalty area. We go into this game having conceded the least goals in Allsvenskan, and nothing about Örebro's previous results makes me think this will be any different at full time.
  • Haris Laitinen looks like he's been jonesing for football big time. His sub appearances have been very promising. He looks like an entirely different player after being loaned to Norrköping: fast, strong, powerful, determined, and with a venomous passing game. I think he is going to make a serious bid for a first team spot tomorrow, and it would surprise me if he doesn't get a goal or an assist. He has been humble in interviews, but he really is unlucky to be competing for a spot on the team in our midfield. He would have played 5 games so far for any other team in Allsvenskan. Not that any other team deserves him...
  • It ought to suit Charlie to play with Haris and Petter on the wings as there should be less emphasis on crossing and more on through balls. I don't think any defense has really managed to contain our strikers (most apparent in terms of the amount of long distance goals as their defenders have collapsed into the penalty area), and if he keeps getting the chances like he did away to Malmö... eventually the press will have to pretend they believed in him all along...
  • Number 12 (yours truly and people like me) is in top form and really taking to the coach, the team and the season. It will be hard not to win with us cheering them on. Looks like the weather won't be too bad either, so we can expect a decent turnout (hell, my brother Jeff has even agreed to meet me in time for Kenta...). Sing for Bajen! Rattle ÖSK and break their resolve! Boo and hiss the ref!
  • Eguren and Chanko. I have no reason to believe their performance will drop from the last couple of games, so midfield will be ours, no matter who Örebro pick to start. Nuff said.
  • The defensive line is beginning to look like a really competitive part of the team, with some exciting things for Tony to ponder after Jose set the right wing on fire against Malmö. David may or may not be fit to start, but in any case we are in a very different situation compared to previous seasons where our defenders have been picked on the merit of being uninjured. I won't say I don't miss Max and Petur, but in a way I feel we have the makings of something every bit as good. And the transfer window is opening quite soon...
  • Tony has done very well at dismantling the teams he faced managing Degerfors last season (ahem, well, at least in competitive games...). Örebro are another one of those teams, and he seems to have his plan ready. I am developing a strong trust in the man, so things look good for tomorrow if you ask me.
I know it is not customarily seen as proper to walk through the gates at SÖS expecting a win, but I don't care. I can't see Örebro getting in our way this season, especially not at home. And we always win when Jeff gets there in time for Kenta (this is scientific fact).

And they're not Gefle.

Move as a team
Never move alone
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Anonymous said...

Haris var utlånad till Norrköping och inte Örebro som du skrivit.

I Heart Hammarby said...

tack! rättat!

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