Whatever you say I am, that's what I'm not
Airing your opinions in public can be a chastening experience. In an arena as changeable as football, the potential for being proven wrong is ever present danger for the fan foolish enough to part with his two penn’orth.
I wasn’t the only one to roll my eyes at the notion of signing Ipswich reserve forward Kevin Lisbie. ‘At least if he’s on loan, we can send him back’ was the prevailing thought on hearing news of the 32-year-old Jamaican international’s imminent return to South London. How wrong could I have been. One scuffed shot from becoming the latest boo-boy at the Den before a ball was kicked, outstanding performances in successive League games brought a standing ovation on his substitution in the Lions’ 4-0 win over ‘Ull. Lisbie’s glancing header in the first-half of Saturday’s game was the least he deserved for a home debut of substance to back up a post-rattling display at Ashton Gate the previous week. His willingness to harry opposing defenders in their own half contributed to the sorry exit of the second most popular Peruvian in England, Nolberto Solano, and allowed Steve Morison to concentrate on frightening the wits out of Antony Gardner.
After a stop-start career taking in Premier League appearances for Charlton Athletic and two brief but fruitful spells at Colchester United, and an ill-fated £600,000 transfer to Portman Road, Lisbie seemed to represent a reality check on Millwall’s relative standing in the division, having been linked with the likes of Jay Simpson and Jason Scotland. Of course, two games don’t make a season, but if he can keep up the level of commitment shown in those opening fixtures, Lisbie will change the Lions’ fortunes as well as my mind.