see what happens when the OP doesn't set an agenda? the rats will play
so.......how are City playing?
not got the heart or mind to set agendas.
city passing really well at the minute
Looking like it'll be 6 without a win. The heady days of September/October seem a long time ago now.
Just got 75/1 on Newcastle, and 20/1 on the draw. Chucked £2 & £5 on them, respecively. Should be my weekend beers sorted.
for tha neutral
rafael and evans injured for Man Utd. really hope they aren't serious injuries. should survive without them today i guess, but YOU NEVER KNOW!
I'm happy about it
i'd say Danny Rose has probably been Sunderland's best player this season, hasn't he?
Can't see them winning today without him.
I don't know if we'd won with him anyway but
I've only been to a few games this season but every time Danny Rose got very visibly frustrated at everyone else in the team around 75 minutes. He was a step ahead of everyone else
patient, lovely lay-off from silva
Played some beautiful stuff at times and weathered Newcastle's assaults reasonably well. Nice to see Garcia have a decent game, although you wonder how well he'd do against a team fielding more than 1 central midfielder. Silva is right back on top of his game currently, I really hope with the reduced number of games we're playing this season we can keep him there.
Newcastle's ball into the box is so, so poor.
with Jonas wide of a front there and Ba and Cisse interchanging between striker and the other wideman?
They did last season at least.
Their central midfield today was Tiote, Anita and Perch. Tiote did his level best but bafflingly got substituted 20 minutes from the end.
Thought he was talking about Cabaye for some reason- I always get Guiterrez mixed up with Jermaine Jenas when he's referred to as that.
But for fuck's sake, 0-0 at 88mins, lose 2-0, shit cunts.
According to the radio, Solbakken was having to drag players away from the ref at full time
And the second goal was a classic one of conceding from a counter after throwing everyone forward in search of an equaliser.
I wouldn't read into it too much; it just sounds like a lot of possession and pressure without any end product, as per usual this season, but with some shitty officiating at the end. God I wish SEB was as good as he used to be - with a striker like him at his peak we'd be walking this division, but as it is it's squandered chance after squandered chance.
what a pillock
must be the reason for him missing two easy chances from just outside the six yard area.
why are Villa too up at Liverpool?
beats an intentional OG, i guess!
if it's not arsenal making me lol it's liverpool
The two vilest teams in the Premier League.
Having taken 5 points from 10 home games so far, and scored 3 goals at home in the league all season, we've scored 3 so far this afternoon to lead Rochdale 3-2 late on. Much needed home win on the cards...
big, big game for both wednesday and barnsley struggling near the wrong end of the table.
he's not someone to be messed with either so I wouldn't be surprised to see him go in for some retribution later on
due to wayward finishing and Scholes & Giggs coming on. really should have been a GD booster.
was ashley young ever actually consistently good? he's had three of his contracted One Good Games A Month in a row now, be useful if this was his true level and he was actually a competent footballer.
played some lovely stuff today united, rooney and rvp having a personal battle to see who could miss more solid chances but a centre mid of carrick and cleverley looks like it could be a thing. ofc fergie decides to scare the living shit out of the back four by replacing them with giggs and scholes for the last half hour but you can't have everything.
still love john o shea, even bald john o shea.
lacked an end product sometimes but he was usually our most dangerous player, always lively and gettin good positions.
i had city and united -2, was under the impression that you got your stake returned if it finished as a draw after the handicap. the site's got it down as losing though.
still, a very good point and the only team around us that gained was rotherham. plus zavon hines is back and kyel reid's on his way. good week really. playing saturday tuesday until the end of january now
every interview, they never are either
might be good if he stopped making excuses and got his team to play some better football
Any other manager and I'd presume he'd answered a leading question too vaguely or sarcastically but with Rodgers you never know.
He said something to the effect of 'we're only X points of 2nd, so we're not doing too badly'. Fair play to the media for twisting it to make him look like an arse :-D
Should be gruesome in all the right ways eh
That Perkins had a blinder against us, wonder if he can do it again
barnsley must have a strong first-choice midfield!!!
Carrick and Cleverly were superb. With Shinji and Anderson coming back soon the middle looks in ok shape going into the new year. No need to bad mouth Giggs or Scholes we still looked dangerous even after they came on though I'll concede that we ceded some dominance and possession to Sunderland particularly after Giggs introduction.
Duncan Edwards bombing up the right side gives us a nice alternative to Rafa as well. Thought he was very, very good today.
Playing teams like Villa should really make Rodgers rethink his philosophy. While they aren't that good (and Villa really, really aren't good) they had two shots on target in the first half and they both went in, whereas we spent the match seeing how many passes we could string together in front of the 18 yard box without ever actually getting into it.
Incidentally, Downing played quite well.
when he moved all the belgsperts were saying he's not ready for the premier league yet
he's a really, really excellent footballer
wednesday are almost laughably bad, although they're defending ok, next week should be ghastly
if last year's games are anything to go by it'l be an absolute shitfest
yeah it's going to be rank
by all accounts, we were as good as bolton today until they decided to bring ngog and petrov on, in one of those 'dose of reality' moments
you have neither ngog nor petrov
let the phony war begin :D
today we were poor and lucky
i'd much rather play poorly and win than play well and lose. i'd fancy us to get a point next week.
luckily david prutton has stepped in and done well
Agreed on Perkins. He rang rings round us when we played them earlier in the season.
when he did the same thing to us
like, i flat-out couldn't believe wikipedia when i read up on him later
I couldn't believe it was the same David Perkins I remember seeing playing for Morecambe 7 or 8 years ago.
Another two today. I think that's 20 in 18 now. Shame we chucked a two nil lead away to draw 2-2. Still, we're do far better than I would ever imagined.
Steve Coppell's going back to Reading.
* Not from the same guy who told me United were signing Cheik Tiote, or City were sacking Mancini.
three points. great work to withstand the second half pressure. i'll take that thank you very much!
Apparently, a Newcastle fan decided to deck himself out in Albanian flags today (them being deadly enemies of the Serbs over the Kosovan war, etc) and spent the afternoon abusing Aleks Kolarov (a Serb) from his seat (i guess as a result of the recent goings-on with the England U21s).
Apparently, Kolarov said something in Serbian to him and has been reported to the police by the fan for racist behaviour, despite the fact that Albanian isn't a race, the guy he allegedly abused doesn't speak Serbian, isn't even Albanian, and obviously went to the game specifically to cause trouble.
Very, very strange behaviour indeed.
I fear you wouldn't get many managers doing that.
Fergie would have said that Shawcross provoked him and Wenger would have just denied seeing it
I realised today that if we don't beat Fulham next week I'll have seen over a dozen home league games in 2012 and not a singel victory. I know it must be really, really funny for everyone else but :(
Against an Ipswich side in good form under McCarthy.
Jerome Thomas scored, sounds like he's been immense lately.
3 home wins in a row, and 4 out of 5 going into the chelsea game. Really hope they can pick up some knocks and/or get taken to 120 minutes - not that I think a lot of their better players would be likely to play anyway
4 points off play-offs, and 4 tricky ties before January. Unless we totally capitulate in those we should make what I'd hoped for - to be within 6/7 points going into the January transfer window, and then hopefully we can see what our new owners are made of
but as little as it means theyve passed the proper persons thing, and the day after they came in we got two outstanding loan players
not expecting miracles, or particularly colossal signings, but may be 2 or 3 in january just to give us more depth, to be enticed by the kind of wages we've never paid under Bates - if we're within touching distance of 6th, that might be enough to have us finish there or thereabouts.
feel free to bookmark this and laugh when we're languishing in the blue square north in 2017
Allen trying to tackle him looked like a gnat
2ND LONGEST UNBEATEN RUN IN EUROPE AFTER BARCA.
hope he pulls through. very good player for coventry and sheffield united from what I remember.
Hope he pulls through. Must have been a really awful crash, that photo, fuck.
Just remembered his cracking story about Tony Yeboah sexual revenge as well. http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/2008/01/24/peter-ndlovu-reveals-africa-cup-of-nations-scandal/
Really feel for their parents.
:( What a horrid thing. RIP Peter Ndlovu.
BBC reporter in South Africa jumped the gun without checking facts. Twitter. Sorry everyone.
It's like handball.
Second best team in the world isn't something to sniff at.
The last 15 minutes, anyway. (thats all I saw)
Nice to see Vertonghen grab a goal, though. Sounds like he's had a very disappointing season thus far. A much better player than his first six months in England might suggest.
Bit of a kind run of games, quite obviously. Will have to improve their away form (lost 3 of the last 4), and find some bottle for their remaining games against the bigger clubs. Even then, i'd still fancy Chelsea to finish at least 10 points ahead of them, and Arsenal tend to let them get a bit carried away before merking them for 4th over the last couple of months.
I think Spurs are looking decent for fourth. They've been picking up enough points despite missing some of their starrier players for stretches (Kaboul, Bale, Parker, Assou-Ethingy, Dembele) so they're arguably more likely to kick on from here rather than decline.
especially as winter deepens and injuries start to mount up.
If I remember correctly, Spurs aren't going to lose anyone now that Adebayor has retired.
Although compared to Kyle Naughton, he is pretty good.
is surprisingly skilful + calm when you seem him play in person
but hardly a world class left back
Has to be a 6-game ban MINIMUM, surely.
if so should probably be 9 (4+5 for second and third red cards for foul play/dangerous behaviour whatever). think it will be 3 though.
where its 3 matches, then 4, then 5 etc for consecutive reds?
andrew davies got 3 last season
a 3, 4 and 5 game ban that is
Kompany get a 4-game ban for nearly tackling Nani last season?
At least the first 45 minutes I watched anyway.
Not by much, mind.
an Allardyce team plays like every week. They were right this time though.
Potentially it's exciting. We can only play better, and with big players and a January transfer window still to come we might, just might, kick on and actually do something. Probably not though, it's Spurs eh?
the view that Tottenham struggled in the transfer window and need to limp through to January to desperately get some big names in has become.
Lloris, Dembele, Vertonghen, Sigurdsson, Dempsey and Adebayor is a pretty cocking sensational transfer window in the real world.
(Obviously losing Modric was never going to be a good thing)
By big players, I think he means that Kaboul, Parker and BAE have all missed the season so far and that Adebayor and Dembele missed a large chunk.
Gallas has been inept but has started most games.
It's right up there
Perfectly symmetrical, commandingly thick.
It looks a bit bung now though
It's not a view I have come across, let alone found prevalent.
I chuck my strawmen out around this time so I don't HAVE to defend them.
Let's just say it's a vibe that's out there
or has he just been his usually shite self?
The Internet says he missed two weeks with a back injury, and a week with a tight hamstring.
though he made the odd appearance and was sub during the early part of the season.
I'll take your word for him being injured and not just dropped, as most of the press seemed to think.
Guess it would be pretty embarrassing for frugal Spurs to admit their move for the player they obliterated their wage ceiling for hasn't really worked out.
still isn't fit (and probably injured again)
still don't like him
Hard a little whisper that he got his botty handed to him on a plate by Maicon.
Has he improved since moving to centre-half (assuming he has)?
probably the most harrowing thing about it was that Maicon barely broke into a trot the entire period he was on the pitch- he still got past him every single time. The guy's clearly a centre back and Bale should be filling the left back role when BAE is injured- but of course he doesn't because he's far too important.
No-one's saying he's a bad player, just he's no left-back.
I've caught bits of about four Spurs games, and he's looked just about the most immobile defender i've ever seen.
As i said above, though, overall, he's a good player, and at centre-half, he'll probably do very well.
4-1, another 2 for Messi. Up to 90 in the calendar year
they're looking better than ever this season, they've barely broken a sweat tonight
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