The team was the same. The tactics were the same. The substitutions were the same. Even the bloody result was the same. So, I suppose nobody should be surprised that, apart from the "To be honest" catch phrase, Anthea Redfearn's post match comments were straight out of Old Big Gob's Little Red and White Striped Book of Excuses.
Cue the unlucky complaint as Anthea moaned: "I thought the performance and application was (sic) good, we were unlucky at the
Then the "blame the officials" gripe as she continued "we should have got a couple of decisions".
Then the, 'there should only have been one winner out there' nonsense as she insisted: "From a performance point of view, I thought we went a goal down against the run
of play - we were doing well up to that point."
Then came the 'it's always hard after a change of manager' mantra as she observed: "Whenever the manager leaves, it's upsetting - these are players that Neil Warnock signed. But they've applied themselves well."
Then came the "I couldn't have asked more of the lads" cock and bull dressed up as "It was a good performance without being spectacular, it was a poor surface. They
will be disappointed, but they've been professional at what they've done."
To be honest, Anthea sounded a little less belligerent than her puppet master but you wouldn't expect her to be as coarse as the Warnock would you? And she needs to brush up on her clichés, but give her time. She's new to all this.
Never mind, give us a twirl love. Doesn't she look gorgeous? Good game, good game. What's that on the conveyor belt? Young Byram perchance on his way to Man City?