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Think that's everything
Get 'im on the plane, woy!
but he obviously thought he'd spannered it, and was jogging back into position until he saw it dip into the top corner and changed direction to run towards the fans to celebrate.
1. ben arfa
admittedly, I hate suarez
Cisse's goal was obviously great but it was more of a pot shot than an intended outcome, as Suarez's was.
And Ben Arfa's goal is no where near top of that list.
Matthew Taylor pulled off that shit on the full volley a few years back, didn't win GOTS
I'm not sure Taylor really knew the keeper was off his line when he hit that. Whereas from the way Suarez hit the ball it was clear he knew exactly what he was doing and measured it perfectly.
That or Ben Arfa's.
Last night's second was pure hit and hope, he admitted as much himself. It was spectacular and all but I still prefer his first one (from last night).
The Suarez one seemed more deliberate to me - he was trying to catch the keeper off his line. Cisse was trying to waste time at the end of the game (some massive second guessing going on here, idk really).
Suarez saw the keeper was off his line (not even by that much really), knew exactly what he was trying to do and pulled it off.
Cisse's was more an instinctive *I'll have a dig* - as I say still a great strike, just more of an element of luck.
They probably wouldn't have the vision to spot the opportunity or the bollocks to try, but anyone could pull it off technically.
Crouchinho's is the best in that list for me.
is all part of the goal.
one had more than the other
but RVP's against everton has to be at least added to the list, somewhere. Surely the most gloriously executed finish of the season
Officially the least flukey because he did it again against Liverpool.
Shame it hasn't really recieved the coverage it deserves just because it was in the cup.
Wouldn't for a minute deny it's a great bit of skill and a really good goal but there's something about those type of goals I just don't find as thrilling.
If I was making a 'best goal of the season' list it would be up there, if I was making a 'favourite goal of season' list it probably wouldn't make the top 5.
A decent hit.
and thinking he looked a bit off the pace, but then realised that he's in a completely different country where he doesn't speak the language and he still managed to score past us. Good lad
Had all the ball and that kinda shit, but were undone by two of the three opportunities Newcastle had- ironically, Newcastle hit the bar with the chance they probably should have taken and scored wonderful goals with the two that were barely even half-chances. Guess that's just what happens when you have a striker with the form and confidence of Cisse.
Puts 4th well beyond us now. Kinda gutting, but we don't deserve it and our minds looked elsewhere anyway, so it's probably for their best our priorities fully are.
To have any chance of the title i think we needed to catch Newcastle on a downer. Now they know that a result will give them a great chance of Champions League football, you'd have to fancy them for at least a draw.
What other seasons have there been where you could argue that the best team hasn't won the league, providing we're not all naive/stupid enough to believe the old "the best team always wins it" spiel? Was having this discussion with a couple of people recently (not Croatians or City fans). They said possibly Arsenal '99?, Chelsea '08?, Liverpool '09?, & United '10? Not sure i agreed with most of them, to be honest, think at least two of those were just tight finishes.
It's just that the best team is sometimes just not as shit as everyone else.
Don't think anyone would disagree that City have played the better football over the season and are the better side on paper, but it's all a bit 'tallest dwarf' this season
The tallest dwarf shite's happening significanly below the two Manchester teams (hope this isn't taken as a jab at Arsenal, as it isn't, more than none of the other big clubs - them, Spurs, Chelsea seem to have ever believed they capable of rivalling the Manchester sides for some reason). 89 points (what the Champions will get) isn't all that common an achievement. Think the 90 points barrier's only been smashed three or four times.
I would've liked us to have a bit more competition, to be honest, but i don't think we could be accused of being anything less than superb, bar a run of about 8 games where we forgot how to put the ball in the net.
all things considered.
surely that's more to do with how shocking a lot of the other's teams have been than an indicator that the top 2 have been amazing?
it really seems this year like there are three tiers in the division. the top two, who nobody can really get near for whatever reason; the teams competing for european places (let's say everyone on 50+ points) and then the might-get-relegateds. the bottom half of the table has been insanely close this season. it's only been in the last 4-6 weeks that certain teams have pulled away from the brink.
Think I'm right in saying that whoever finishes second will have the highest ever points total for a runner-up, so in terms of consistently winning points both sides have had exceptional seasons.
Problem is that the rest of the league is pretty woeful, typified by the fact that the sides directly below you are all shit, all a bit SPL.
I actually think this season has been a bit of a freak in that respect, I'd expect it to be a lot more competitive next year.
I don't think Wenger, Redknapp, or whoever Chelsea's manager will be could justify finishing 15-20 points behind the title winners again.
for giving him a sarcastic thumbs-up after being subbed
i think it's a bit harsh as they came back from 2-0 down after that, good management
The fact that we've only just had our first back-to-back wins since January, and now we're right back in the race for 4th, just shows how good we were before Christmas. And a coincidence that it's come when Harry is out of the running for England?
If City manage to win at SJP on the weekend, they deserve to be crowned champions there and then. I think we're the only team that's come close when we drew 2-2 there in Nov/Dec time.
Most exciting finish to a season across the table that I can remember.
the 30 mins or so after the games finished.
should there have been a situation where they could have won the league on Sun at SJP.
and West Brom beat us 3-2
But we had Obertan start both, Perch at CB for both, no Coloccini or Tiote for Chelsea, and Lovenkrands and Vuckic making starts respectively.
and then Chelsea win the Champions League tbh.
Bet the farm on West Ham to go up due to the Year Of Pardew - aside from Newcastle flying high, all of his old teams were promoted - Reading, Charlton and Southampton. West Ham the only other club he's managed at.
which will of course come back to haunt me. Cole will papiss all over that Cisse goal.
which can only mean total disaster ahoy
While in Madrid, Mourinho watches puffing a cigar. He taps it out, and picks up the blower.
*Get me aboynamedgoo*
Bolton continue to look terrible against teams who can string four passes together as they get battered 4-1 at home against Spurs. First goal for them was t'riffic (despite lack of closing down) but we played too high and got caught out numerous times. Probably the biggest game of our last ten years on saturday against Roy's WBA side.
In other, less important news, Papiss Cisse makes goal-scoring look like a piece of Papiss with a couple of absolutely pearlers, second one in particular. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P8YR-Ge5UM FOOT LIKE A TRACTION ENGINE
Great to see Fab back at the Bok.
Play-off first legs tonight. I always thought the first legs were held on weekends? Harrumph.
Elsewhere Rangers win over Dundee Utd secures a Champions League spot for Motherwell, Real Madrid win La Liga and Lionel Messi breaks Gerd Muller's record for most goals in a season. 68. Not bad.
Also, whilst searching for that, I found this:
Very disciplined, professional display last night. As good as I've seen us away from home in a long, long time. Cisse's tap-ins just about the difference, though Perch, Santon and Coloccini were excellent.
Optimistically, we need either Fulham or Villa to beat Spurs. Can't see it happening. No way Arsenal won't beat Norwich either. This only matters if we can get 4 points from two very tough remaining games.
Starting to think we can definitely push City on Sunday. They may well be jittery, and if the defence can play as well as last night, then we've got half a chance.
I can take the disappointment. It's the hope that kills me.
to Norwich (sorry Severed) or Villa (sorry Kennedy).
We won't get anything at Spurs, they're going to be powering on for the Champions League and so I really can't see us getting anything out of it. Think we'll do Norwich though
Next season. But norwich right now, at home is probably the easiest game you could hope to have.
I wouldn't be totally surprised if they're not anyway, just by spurs winning their last two games and arsenal dropping points at hodgson's last match at the hawthorns, and Chelsea somehow fluking their way to the European cup.
Its going to be a tense one at the Emirates, particularly if it's goalless for the first half/well in to the second half.
Beat Norwich and i think we'll be there. otherwise that's surely that, for third anyway.
They're virtually the same except the DiCanio one is going across his body, which makes the degree of difficulty even harder
and this was from last night, too
Harry Redknapp will join Jurgen Klinsmann, Clarence Seedorf and David James in the BBC line-up, alongside regulars Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon while the coverage will be led by Gary Lineker.
is Mick McCarthy
Purely for the fact he rubbished whatever points Hansen and Shearer made.
I sure hope Mark Bright is on commentary duty again so we can all hear him moaning about being paid to watch an international football tournament and talk about it for a bit.
David James should be entertainingly offkilter
He's exactly the kind of guy the BBC should be bringing in.
Ginola for Shearer and that'd be a good team.
Then I realised that only means he's not in the studio, there's still every chance he'll be bringing his genre busting co-commentator/stand-up comedian act to the Euros. Fuck off.
Which is quite some achievement
In the same way I'd vote for a giant douche over a shit sandwich
That's the first time anyone's ever said Mark Lawrenson and biggest prick in a sentence without *hasn't got* included in it
Preferably into a brick wall. Absolutely abysmal. Klinsmann is pretty good though.
Just to see 'Arry explode on air
2) The full line-up hasn't been confirmed yet.
- P Cisse's form to not fizzle out and for him to carry on playing brilliantly
- P Cisse to stay at Newcastle
I couldn't tell you why, just do.
Heerenveen and Twente entertain with a 4-3 goalfest, confirming 22-year old Bas Dost as the league's topscorer. He's either the new Ruud Van Nistelrooy or the new Alfonso Alvez. Unsettled at Heeenveen, expect a bidding war for him this summer. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Valencia and Wolfsburg are rumoured to be leading contenders for his signature.
Race for second (and CL qualification) is unchanged, with both Feyenoord and PSV winning easily last night. Permutations for Sunday, with Feyenoord away at in-form 4th placed Heerenveen and PSV away at bottom club Excelsior:
Feyenoord win: they finish second
Feyenoord draw: PSV must win to finish second
Feynoord lose: PSV can win or draw, but must not lose
Even over Eriksen.
Wouldn't be surprisd to see Bony in the Premier League either. In fact, i think Chelsea already have first dabs on him.
but failed to impress. Transfer rumours aplenty late last year: Chelsea, Fulham, Newcastle, Udinese and Villareal were all said to be keen.
Not sure how public it is.
Their chairman (Georgian fella?) is a big pal of Roman's, allegedly.
Merab Jordania is the owner of Vitesse, but it is generally believed that the real financial power behind him lies with Shalva Chigirinsky, who made his money in real estate and oil. One of Chigirinsky's companies (Yugraneft) has sued one of Abramovich's companies (Millhouse Capital). The case was thrown out, but the two are certainly not friends.
When Jordania first took over Vitesse, there were some rumours that Abramovich was the man behind the scenes, but he has always denied this.
That said, Chelsea's Patrick Van Aanholt, Tomas Kalas and Ulises Davila are all on loan frat Vitesse.
ridiculously talented if largely lazy forward.
I think Blackburn are gone. So it's between us and Bolton. Thanks Spurs, by the way.
Our recent home form has been great, but based on absorbing pressure and countering. Against Stoke we'll need to be more creative. We also need a couple of extra in the scored column to account for the absolute shoeing City are going to hand us on the last day.
The thing that worries me is that Stoke are basically on the beach. And that while we can beat them, will they be the remotest bit fucked against Bolton on the last day?
This weekend is probably our biggest game since we beat Boro to stay up about nine years ago. We HAVE to win, as I can't see you not beating Stoke, too. I'm going to be hiding most of this weekend.
And it coming down to goal difference.
I'd rather see you both win and draw one, leaving Villa in the shit.
Which will be good.
I suspect he'd be better off going to, say, Arsenal, even Chelsea.
I mean, WHAT evidence is there to suggest he's even remotely capable?
And he's not got a UEFA Pro License either, has he?
2 botched months at managing (and relegating) Newcastle are hardly a good CV.
The one the papers drooled over for some reason, then it emerged she had a past and was engaged to the chairman?
She got arrested at their play-off semi-final at York. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17936442
it wasn't even the best of the bunch you could vote for nevermind mind Cisse's wonderstrike last night
Not bad enough that we have to sit through it every MOTD.
Well sort of. The current club is being liquidated a new club (Darlington FC 1883) formed, the Darlington Arena abandoned and a new ground found, but the club will likely face relegation down two tiers and they will go from being a professional to a part-time club.