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Erm, it's United v Arsenal today and probably loads of other games and that. Looking forward to it. Cheers.
I'm a bag of nerves today. Fuck knows what I'll be like this time tomorrow.
It's in The Sun too...
Glees is a brilliant player and a real nice bloke.
Been reading the build-up in the Dorset Echo this morning. Peter Reid and Martin Keown are going to be there, Jon Champion commentating, Jim Beglin, Rebecca Lowe, Dan Currie... bloody hell.
Just hope we give a good account of ourselves really. We have some good quality with Ashley Nichols in the middle with Glees. Charlie Clough is excellent in the centre of defence and wouldn't be at all surprised if he gets picked up by a bigger club after this. Jamie Reid has a great left foot. Both Neil Martin and Nick Crittenden can tear up the wings when on form. Mark Jermyn is a rock... I could go on. But I won't.
are going to be terribly underprepared. Their managers have spent all week worrying about what happened at Chelsea.
Nah. Man U will batter them. Again.
but he did his cruciate ligaments last season and doesn't play for Yate anymore.
Watched more United than ideally I'd have liked in the last week and while they have some pretty obvious flaws and weaknesses, they're fucking brutal on the counter and when seizing on complacency and mistakes.
Swansea away for Chelsea. Not sure, really- their form seems to have been pretty up and down.
boringest draw in history, just hope we can avoid picking up any more injuries tbh.
fulham-everton will probably be good
And, as it happens, I only live about 15 miles from Northampton - but I couldn't go to the match because it clashes with a family do.
I'm a bit anxious about it actually, even though we beat them the other week I can't see us going to their ground and beating them again less than two weeks later - but I'll be more than happy to be proved wrong.
yeah, i'm not that optimistic, i think we'll definitely be playing a weakened side after tuesday. not that fussed tbh though, it's good to maintain the winning habit but we're still in all 3 cup competitions and i'm terrified of injuries and player burnout damaging our league chances. parky's deliberately put together a smaller squad this time and we've already lost davies and oliver for most of the season. and the teams around us keep strengthening, fleetwood just signed barry ferguson ffs
i forgot he existed
Confirmed as Crystal Palace manager on a 4 and a half year deal. I think we've done pretty well out of the manager merry go round.
Baffles me why he'd leave a club with as rich a history as Blackpool, not to mention current standing in that division (play-off's certain, minimum), with such a good squad, relatively, where he's seemed very happy and is loved by the supporters, to move to Crystal Palace.
Can only assume he wants to move his family back down south, or be nearer to them if they never made the move north, because it doesn't make sense on any other level at all.
Quite a coup.
that he has a young son with serious health conditions who he didn't want to move from his regular care provider when he took the QPR job years ago, so he used to commute for three hours to training every day. Would guess that family stuff is a big part of his decision.
His three daughters are all profoundly deaf and they all live in LLondon. His wife wanted to be nearer them.
Also Blackpool fans seem to hate their chairman who seems to have pocketed all the Premiership money and they believe Holloway and him weren't getting on at the end. He had also talked to Ipswich and Blackburn.
As for us we have a great young squad now with an new crop of youngsters ready to break through. We are financially sound, owned by fans and not skint despite what people might think.
We've also brought in Keith Millen as his assistant. I expect the chairman of the company where I work to talk football with me every morning now as he is good friends with Millen due to him living next door to Millens parents.
Think I'm conflating his background with someone else's.
But don't let him near your defensive coaching.
I can understand his wanting to be closer to his daughters, which he would be at Palace.
Still a massive shame though. And i'm not sure why it couldn't have waited until Monday tbh, we still have a big game against Derby today (which we are currently losing 1-0, cheers Ollie.)
we're gonna get absolutely fucked down our left side so bad. Dunno if nani or valencia are gonna play there but it doesn't matter when you're against santos tbh.
Would really like us to start walcott, because we look so much more dangerous when he plays, both because he makes runs behind that no one else does, and because it seems to get the best out of giroud. Unfortunately i imagine that ramsey's gonna start there to give some protection against their left wing. Actually i just looked at the line-up, so yeah ramsey and santos starting.
rvp is gonna get 2 against us, guaranteed.
cannot believe he has started Santos. I really hoped Walcott might have started too but that isn't anywhere near as big a mistake as putting Santos in against Valencia. What is he thinking?
Our Midfield is our only hope.
i reckon 4-1 Utd
I want him. I hope we get him, stick him in the middle, make it about him.
Bring him 'home', Brendan.
Zero chance of Arsenal getting a positive result, i'm afraid.
Though it'll be pretty funny I suppose
a relatively successful joke that manages to qualify for the champions league evry season, but by god.
they're so so bad. they have no shape, no gameplan. they just scramble forward and then hope that vermaelen can clean up their mistakes at the back.
i'm sure they'll improve somewhat in the 2nd half, but giroud and podolski might as well not be here today. invisible.
not saying much admittedly.
ramsey's been an absolute waste of space, which isn't surprising.
not a penalty
what a cunt
i'm only watching on a shitty stream on my mobile using work's wi-fi mind.
happy about the play so far. so much better with an actual formation.
but if he didnt raise them it would've hit his chest. And young was 2 metres away. No way is that a penalty.
although i'm sure i heard the arabic for 'stonewall penalty'..
is that at some point we have to take wilshere off, so we can't just take ramsey off for walcott early (as if that would happen) cos i guess he's supposed to move into the centre for wilshere in like the 70th.
not sure why he'd give one and not the other, two impedements without winning the ball and stopping an attack 30-40 yards from goal
went in two footed
about being slightly taken in by a couple of clean sheets at the start of the season.
With Szczesny and Gibbs in the team we might have had half a chance. With Santos and Mannone we didn't really have a hope in hell. The likes of City, Man Utd, Chelsea can cope with a few injuries. We can't and that's why we won't challenge for the title again any time soon.
would have been nice to make a tangible move in the right direction though.
yes it is
but Wilshere can probably feel a little annoyed that he's the only player to have been sent off in this game. Two or three others could just have easily gone.
Luckily Hendon seem to be having an equally bad a season as ours, so all things considered we should go through. Our first meeting in 9 and a half years if I remember correctly (I was at the last one as a 15 year old, 6-2 home win in the Ryman League).
a world class player in an average team. Apart from Wilshere. Who got sent off.
But I like him too, yeah. Did Podolski even touch the ball?
nothing in the sky commentary.
I'm not imagining it right? it was a fucking awful challenge.
Anyway, we were poor for most of the game, obviously. We could and probably should have made that period in the second half pay, and i think if we'd had gibbs on the left instead of santos then we would have. Giroud did comparatively well but i expect moron fans will probably be saying he's shit and what are we doing with him in the squad etc. It couldn't have been more obvious that we just needed someone to force the defence deep cos of their runs behind, which we didn't get until theo, who tbf had a poor game when he came on.
I imagine we probably factor in a loss either at the etihad or old trafford when looking at what we want to achieve in the league though, so i'm not too depressed. The next few weeks could be pretty awful though. Really need some of our injured players back asap
i'd need to see it again properly. his celebration was classy though.
i thought santos handled valencia well for the most part. rafael was great. scoreline maybe flattered arsenal, but that was a lovely finish at the end.
mostly because of how awful Santos is. I still don't understand why Vermaelen didn't play at LB with Koscielny in the centre. Surely can't have been worse than how our defence was today. Also Vermaelen has looked poor this season, he always had flaws in his game but instead of improving he seems to have got worse. Unluckily for us Koscielny hasn't been great either with Per our only consistent centre back.
he was flawless in our first three matches. It's painful watching him atm.
I don't recall it being two-footed though, which you seem to say it is.
not two footed in the clear-cut sense, but close enough and have been given plenty of times before.
i guess if its what you mentioned if it stops a counter-attack its a red, but i genuinely looked like a yellow to me.
Like Shelvey vs Evans (which I didn't think was a red either).
Plus, you can't make your trailing leg disappear.
he really seems to be adapting to the league this season. such a good player to watch when he's playing well
is another player who looks better this year
on MOTD tonight
But Sunderland v Villa is a pretty strong candidate too.
and we scored!
Efe Sodje is STILL playing. Just turned 40.
averaging 40 games a season for the past four years!
And Ashley Cole has been watching to much of Andre Santos. I think Marin making his debut could be the most exciting thing to happen this game. We miss Mata badly.
but someone, anyone quite direct would be nice in this game.
he's just awesome
Not the most pleasant chant but I've heard worse.
Although to be fair, Wigan aren't in the bottom 4, so a win was always unlikely.
has anyone bought a ticket from exchange sites like "viagogo.com"? Thinking about going to chelsea fulham, but 32 quid for 2 adults and a child looks too good to be true...
least deserved thing ever
but I know Wham City is going to be every bit as dire as the Chelsea and Spurs games
At least there aren't any Hernandezs at the next few teams we play.
Hahahah @ spurs. Shocking result.
Not a bad afternoon in front of soccer saturday really. That fulham everton draw makes things very interesting around the whole 4th-8th section, will be even more so if west brom get their expected win, and Newcastle-Liverpool isn't a draw.
Leeds somehow remain in touching distance of play-offs.
And barca on now, lovely. Shocking day for my fantasy team, though.
Great stuff. Not sure what kind of draw would be best. A home draw would probably be bad news. York or Harrogate away would be nice.
doomed to the Match of the Day graveyard slot until our possible relegation.
would you rather they went for it with the possibility of relegation or scraped results and survived?
scraping is the only thing we seem to be able to do :(
My acca returned 2/5 today... Bundesliga's been letting me down loads recently.
Also SPL's quite easy to bet on as well, all the teams are pretty much equally poor so just bet on the biggest odds :D
Dzeko missed, but both were on.
except for Benayoun who remains a class act.
It'd be nice if one of our 5 attackers remembers how to shoot in the next 50 minutes or so.
at least they didn't pull a Sunderland.
United clear winners as far as the results go but even they looked pretty lacklustre. I had thought a lack of comparitive depth and a useless striker meant Chelsea were destined to fall well short of the two Manc clubs, if still comfortably above the rest. Not so sure 10 games in.
Some quality passing football, really should have been more than 2.
given that United won today, as well as last weekend, and are now top but yeah, I thought they looked a little middling for the vast majority of the match. Tbf Arsenal offered absolutely fuck all so it would have been a real achievement to look genuinely exciting.
as our two most consistent performers this year in carrick and tony v had big off-days, still think lacklustre is unfair though. the first half was an absolute walkover and the game could easily have finished four or five to one. after the sending off and second goal they decided to pull a shitbag leading on fifa scheme but previous to that it was what i want to see from united against good sides; tidy triangles when in possesion, pressure high up the pitch and blistering breaks down the right.
It literally means 'not brilliant'.
the more i learn the less i know about before
so you agree we played just under brilliant level football today, cool.
I had to presume you didn't know what lacklustre meant because that was the way you were posting. Turns out you do know and were just being really oddly defensive about the use of a fairly benign adjective.
i was just trying to talk about football, i think there's some internet misreading of tone thing going on here.
I think we can both agree we've done something horribly wrong when Nestor becomes the voice of reason.
vidal scores after 19 secs
since i've been watching football as a (relative) neutral, i find it really, really funny when people use the word "we" when talking about the club they support, often occasionally, from their bedrooms, as if they've played a part in any result.
I'm not saying it's wrong, i've probably done it myself for most of my life, but i'd never realised how ridiculous it was until recently. If the club in question's, say, a little non-league one who you have a personal involvement in, yeah, fine, but when it's United, or City, or Arsenal, or Liverpool, or Spurs, or Chelsea, etc, it's just a bit silly, really, isn't it?
Anyway, Trafford and Goole served up a six-goal thriller.
it's easier than writing the name of the football club every time, which is even needier.
like what is it about 'our' teams that makes us so much more emotional and involved than others? surely all football can (and sometimes should) be looked at objectively; that game was entertaining or it wasn't. What is it about?
if you meet someone who's a fan of your club, and you're talking about footy with them and they say "What they need to do is sign a striker" or something, it sounds a bit odd / old fashioned.
My Grandad talks like that. Liverpool have been his club since the 40s but he never says "we" and is also probably the most non-partisan football fan I've ever met. It just sounds detached.
Perhaps it's just a natural tribal thing, eh; the need to belong to something, anything.
If you think about it, though, fans *should* be detatched. All they do is give a few quid now and then and sing the odd song.
Don't get me wrong, i like it, have spent most of my life enjoying it, just when you take a step back you realise that it's just borderline homoerotic yearning from grown men who don't know how to express their feelings in the real world.
'giving a few quid' - i've seen people in the football threads saying they practically bankrupt themselves to follow their club. not that i don't think that's slightly silly, but you're underplaying it there. for the bants, probably.
so what is a club other than their fans, really? a business? who knows.
supporters come and go, as well, let's not forget.
some remain, most don't.
I think it's natural to enjoy feeling a part of something with loads of other people rooting for the same thing.
Apart from people, there's nothing else you can be as emotionally attached to and not be a weirdo than football. People who are obsessed with political parties are rightly shunned, as are people who passionately follow musical scenes past their early twenties (who arent in bands).
It's healthy to have something like that I think. Otherwise you'd spend so much time thinking about celebrity gossip or tv programmes, like girls do.
but in the same way that most recreational pursuits are. It's nice to feel part of something, even if when you deconstruct it you are negligible.
Stramaccioni's the fucking don.
finally the results are starting to match the performances. great finish from ross barkley who is looking a class above in this league.
hope the peterborough player who was strechered off isn't too seriously hurt - he looked in a fair bit of distress.
Yet another brilliant performance by Palace, we were just toying with Blackburn in the end. I do have to thank Freedman for some of his signings though Jedinek and Boloasie were fantastic buys and were superb today. Bolasie and Zaha constantly swapping wings scared the hell out of Blackburn. Let's hope the run continues under Ollie. 11 unbeaten, 8 wins and 3 draws.
Thanks to Bolton for beating Cardiff too.
we've signed him on loan. defensive cover i guess but he might end up starting
Because we had him on loan last year? He was only with us a month and can't remember if he played it not. But I think Sunderland rate him.
he only played for you twice apparently. still more than he has for anyone else
but Spurs looked surprisingly awful on MOTD.
Also, why are players wearing gloves with short-sleeved shirts? First Nani, now I see a couple of Everton players are doing it. Surely this doesn't work?
got to hand it to whichever editor found more than 30 seconds of footage of the ball on the ground in City's half.
but I'll be surprised if anyone scored a better goal than our very own James Cracknell at Aldershot today. Sublime. Highlights in about half an hour on the off chance anyone cares.
Best day of the season for me.
Pisses on any Cup Final (obviously), the opening day, the play-offs, festive football, etc, etc, even 3rd Round day.
1st preliminary round man, myself....
Was really looking forward to that.
I'm watching QPR/Reading
Only the second half, mind. I suspect the result will be as it is now.
He really isn't half the player he thinks he is.
That should've been a goal.
Got to score from there.
if they both win their replays
in the table. Watched them against us- always solid and competent, even the better team for at least 30 minutes. Same story against Spurs, pretty unlucky to have lost. A strong team performance bar one nutbar for 80 minutes against Arsenal. But against Reading or West Ham? Forget about it.
They aren't too good to go down. How many home games against *weaker* opposition have they already failed to win?
they're too good to go down.
Hope they stay up, such an endearingly mental mish mash of characters. Would maybe be funnier if they got relegated though
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "What a goal. Cabaye."
we were dire for most the half then Cabaye sexes it into the net
this is the first time i've watched a liverpool game (not against arsenal) with the commentary on. The amount of times they talk about brendan rogers' `philosophy` is incredible.
THE THING ABOUT BRENDAN ROGERS' PHILOSOPHY IS THAT PASSING THE BALL ABOUT ALL THE TIME MAKES THE OTHER TEAM TIRED.
that unfortunately Suarez is a really good footballer and if you just wang the ball at him from anywhere he's got a pretty good chance of scoring
that the only goal they scored came from the longest and most direct ball they played this weekend? Not even a sarcastic question
Would rather one of the teams nicked it, but a point for each is probably fair.
Same coloccini's gonna miss the next few games, he's been immense lately. But they have easy enough games coming up.
Liverpool too, apart from going to Stamford bridge, could put together a bit of a run.
Expecting to see them both near enough to the top 4 in a months time, with arsenal and spurs having difficult ties, and everton, w. brom and fulham being everton, w. brom and fulham.