Saturday, 2 January 2010

Holker-Roker poker choker

More than 25,000 fans trekked to the North East successor to Roker Park to watch Barrow harry and frustrate Premier League Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon. But the giant-killing dream was not to be, and Holker's heroes went down 3-0 to goals from the Black Cats' Steed Malbranque (in my view one of the most regularly underestimated performers in the top flight) and a deserved brace from Frazier Campbell. The non-league visitors did not sit back, however -- in the end they gambled everything, and for large chunks of the game matched Sunderland for possession and goal attempts. Finally they were choked by superior quality and fitness. But Barrow fans still have much to be proud of, even though they miss out on the fourth round draw. (The picture is from Crawley on 10 October, where Barrow won 1-0. Until their visit to the Stadium of Light today, the Bluebirds were undefeated in seven games.)

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