Some five days later it is still quite painful to think back to last Sunday's humiliating 8-3 Cup defeat at the hands on ten-men Tooting Bec Rovers from Division Five. Despite the advantage of one man and two Divisions, Logica crashed out of Little Ron with an insipid display that does not augur well for the tough relegation battles ahead. Doubtless William Gallas would have had a mot ou deux to say on the performance, had he been in Logica's line-up.
Whilst many Logica stars may well have slunk home and stayed indoors for the rest of the week in an attempt to hide from the papparazzi, Paul Banoub can at least hold his head up high and take a great deal of pride from his showing. With the team struggling for numbers, Noobs turned up and played out of position at right-back despite carrying a hamstring injury, and played on through the pain in the second half after aggravating the same. This commitment to the cause shone through into his performance, where he tackled, chased, and harried with guts and a never-say-die attitude. It was not just about hard work, for Noobs showed plenty of skill and application on the ball too. His passes were rarely wasted, and he also got forward to support the attack, with one dazzling dribble down the right flank reminiscent of a latter day Wilf Mannion. Noobs was also up in attack to unselfishly cushion a volley back across goal for Fazel to score Logica's second.
There were few votes for any other Logica players. Stand-in keeper Andy Hudson received some recognition for his back-breaking efforts and spectacular full-length save, whilst elderly striker Mark Abbott earned a similar level of acknowledgement for his brace.