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Hogan, haggis & heroes

Hogan, haggis & heroes

Stop the clock! And now, restart it again. The countdown until Kemi`s next goal is on. Hopefully we won`t have to wait so long for the next one!

Karl Duguid broke his long goal-drought against none other than Ipsh.. sorry, Ipswich earlier in the season and then followed it up with a couple more. Although Doogs had the excuse of missing almost a year due to injury. No such explanation for Kemi though, with any luck he`ll go on a bit of run too. So long as he or Kevin Watson get on the posts when we concede corners from now on - Steven Clemence`s goal for Brum cost me a few quid! I`d backed the unlikely Kem to get the last goal!

Not a bad pair of results though eh? Facing two teams from the top three and we bag four points from six. There are more big games to come though. Following the trip to struggling Barnsley last weekend it`s back to the top of the table and the high-flying Baggies today.

Then we mix in the current leaders, Derby, with a few of the mid-table teams in the following weeks. It`ll be a big few weeks for the team. Are we genuine play-off contenders? Or, having punched above our weight for so long, have punched ourselves out? The next crop of results will tell a big part of our end of season story.

That`s the mid-term future - what about more short-term? There`s been lots of talk from 'those in the know` (or perhaps just those that pretend to be in the know, to be annoying) that some quality loanees are en-route to the LayerDome. Breath may be baited, but I`ll not be holding mine until said players arrive!

Long term future next: and some great news for one of the U`s recently. Firstly, youth teamer Medi Elito was put on stand-by for the England U17s and then called up to the full squad! Cracking news for Medi, the youth team and the whole club! Word is Medi`s the new wing-wonder. Watch this space - chances are Medi`s already been through it at top speed!

Dodgy accent?

Meanwhile there are other U`s players mulling international recognition. Hogan Ephraim played in the England U19s recent win. Another feather in another cap for our darting loanee.

However, Big Chris Iwelumo is one of the leading scorers in the Championship, yet not even deemed worthy of a look-in for the Scotland B team new manager Alex McLeish picked recently. Given that team was full of some Z-list players, 'Lumo has every right to be a wee bit miffed. Big club bias from 'Big Eck`? Surely not? Colchester never suffer from that, do we…

With the end of the season galloping towards us we need to start thinking about our "end of season theme" to honour that season`s chosen hero, as we have had for the past few seasons: from Barry Conlon baldie wigs to 'Shorts Day` in honour of the coaching team.

Perhaps a Scottish theme in honour of our current leading scorer would be a good idea? The ladies love it when us lads don a kilt and if you don`t think about what it is, haggis actually tastes pretty good. A few Saltires dotted about the place (the colours even lend themselves nicely to the U`s face-painting brigade), a rendition of 'Flower of Scotland` and Alex McLeish might even realise that big bloke (that seems to know where the onion bag is) might not be putting on that accent just to get a call-up.

Cheer all our blue and white brave hearts to three more points today!

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Writer:CO2
Date:Tuesday February 13 2007
Time: 11:39PM

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