Saturday, March 17, 2007

News round-up

Grebis goes

A feint whiff of the absurd drifted over the three sided cathedral as it was announced that Latvian international Kristaps Grebis has gone back to Latvia. Grebis was paraded as an exotic wonder before the Halifax FA Trophy game. He was limited to a single home game against Rushden, where he looked strong but ineffectual in a team looking weak and ineffectual. He needed an early breakthrough to help him settle, but none was forthcoming. In the end the signature looked folly.

It seems another striker is being lined up meaning Grebis' Oxford career is as dead as a Doudou

Rufus attacker sentenced

Rufus Brevett managed to get himself into one of those situations only professional footballers seems to find themselves in. A woman who had previously accused him of rape, then attacked him in a pub; cutting him on the face. She's now serving 150 hours of community service.

Footballers are strangely impassive creatures and it's difficult to know whether it has had any impact on his form, which has been patchy. One suspects not, but it could well have been the most effective attack Brevett has seen all season.

Corcoran called up

Michael Corcoran has been called up for the Northern Ireland Under-21's. We're in a rich vein of form when it comes to signing defenders; Corcoran has looked composed on the ball and strong in the tackle. Luke Foster, who debuted on Tuesday also looked like a good signing, although I'm not sure that pushing Corcoran out to the right to accommodate is necessarily the right option.

... it's been a subdued week.

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