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Smalling: Floodlight Failure Helped Us

The first half of United’s 3-1 win was possibly the most boring football we’ve played all season and when we went 1-0 down, we could hardly complain.

Then there was a power cut, the players went off the pitch, then when they returned, with the addition of Robin van Persie, turned the game around. Smalling reckons being given the chance to regroup helped.

“Yes, I think it did in a way. Especially after their goal. We knew we really had to pick ourselves up,” he said. “We had a lot of the ball but we weren’t really getting anywhere. So yes, it really helped us. It’s a massive improvement on last year. We knew that wasn’t good enough.”

Smalling hasn’t played for the first team since May but put in a good performance against Braga.

“It’s been so long and it’s been frustrating watching from the sidelines,” he said. “But it’s good to be able to come in and come back with a win as well so I’m feeling happy.”

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  1. Unitedforeva says:

    An act of God help us perhaps, but we still had to play the good football. Now let us look forward to the Aston Villa match Sunday.

  2. Unitedfanatic says:

    Glad the Champions league qualification is out of the way. Now for a slighly easy run of fixtures till the end of November.

    Villa, Norwich, QPR and West ham in the league and Galatasaray in Champions league. Must do well.

  3. Gorse Hill Red says:

    Was reading Blue Moon, they were all furious that it was one big conspiracy orchestrated by Fergie. I did giggle at that one.

  4. mission26 says:

    I guess taking Danny helped and Nani’s substitution was a blessing in disguise.
    Nothing was happening really from wellbeck’s end and everytime he had the ball, he gave it to the defender.
    Now I guess SAF will give opportunity to the likes of Powel, Tunni, butner etc.

  5. bruce thomas says:

    I really beginning to warm to this Robin van Persie fella :) Now you can see what was expected of Berbatov, and not forthcoming. RvP has all the touches, plus the lethal finishing of van Nistelrooy.

  6. United Till I Die says:

    Smalling did well considering how long he’s been out. Completing 90mins despite having the softest yellow card of the match shows his maturity imo. Jones’ return shouldn’t be too far behind either, and hopefully Evans will be back next weekend. Looks like we might actually see a full strength defence this season!

  7. SimonJ says:

    Great to see Smalling back, we need him

  8. kk says:

    An easy run of games isnt the best. I wish the tough matches get mixed with the easy ones coz I suspect the lads take their feet off the gas when it is easy

  9. DreadedRed says:

    Braga’s stadium is unique in many ways. One of which being that all the water from the stadium roofs is piped to enormous tanks under the pitch, where it is stored for irrigation.

    Massive downpour = downpipe bottleneck = overflow onto floodlights = lighting failure.

  10. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    We paid the floodlight technician to get the blackout. Because everybody else has found out that we pay the refs.



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