Given how Liverpool were nearly eliminated by Luton Town and struggled against Havent & Waterlooville, perhaps today’s 2-1 home defeat to Barnsley was not totally unexpected.  Unless, of course, you’ve actually watched Simon Davey’s side toil through a Championship campaign that’s seen them take just one win from 16 away matches.

I don’t know if former Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel ever imagined himself playing on a Friday morning in Carson, CA — immortalized in the Angry Samoans’ “Carson Girls” — in front of, well, no one.  But it could be worse — he might still be based in Birmingham and contemplating a July spent competing in the Intertoto Cup.