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I'm getting a season ticket to the lelo burti
looked like a good performance from Newcastle though. Ben Arfa looked drool-worthy, Debuchy perhaps starting to remember how to play football, Yang-Mbiwa finally being played in position looked much better, Remy looks dangerous. Perhaps this victory is the first sign that the summer wasn't that bad afterall.
As for your summer, it doesn't really matter, you signed a Spurs-load of players in January.
Which you'd accept, like, given it's Stoke away, but that's three on the bounce we should've lost against sides who'll struggle to finish mid-table.
Hopefully, Pellegrini will be able to establish his ideas onto the players, and he's known, as much as any coach in any major league really, for being a great tactician, but so far he's looked like a pudding. We're just playing a flat 4-4-2 every week, as much as people try to paint it out to be something else, and getting roasted.
7 points from 12's no disaster in the grand scheme of things. 10 points from those games was probably par for a title challenger, though. It's more the standard of the football that's worrying. We're looking worse than we did under Hughes.
(Sunderland/Arsenal was quite a good game, like!)
like stink lines coming off a drawing of a turd
bit confused now.
think its too early to be getting worried about tactics for either Utd or City fans. though of course if we go to the Etihad with Giggs and Young in a 4-4-2 i'll be calling for Moyes' head.
watched extended City highlights later on.
well, i say highlights...
Thought Nastasic looked good in the highlights but other than that 10 chumps in what looks like being a very disorganised team.
Big week really as if we lose to Utd and Pletzen I reckon we've probably fucked up both aims for the year before the end of September.
It was also pretty gauling watching Barry for Everton pretty much provide them with exactly what we have needed so far.
but despite the loss we have moved off the bottom, as millwall got spanked by Derby to put them on level goal difference with us - 23rd by alphabetical order.
Next up tomorrow, er, Derby.
Thought that we played pretty well with one obvious, vital exception. That said, Everton pummeled us at Goodison last year and we somehow snuck off with three points so I can't complain too stoutly. Four games in and we've got two of our hardest, if not the two hardest, away games out of the way.
Quite like the idea of Chelsea, United and City starting a bit slowly anyway. It'll make it all the funnier when the more insanely giddy gunners and scousers have their dreams crushed.
other than a couple real good chances in the first half, I thought it was quite an even game.
We've been needing a composed man in the middle for years. and here he is.
I thought Chelsea pummelled them but just couldn't get the finish right. Bet Lukaku scores more league goals than any of the 3 Chelsea strikers this season
I think Everton were fairly comfortable after taking the lead- we might have dominated possession and made more attempts on goal, but Everton were happy to sit in position in their own half. It was only really the last ten minutes (understandably so), when we'd gone a bit hell-for-leather, that they pushed out.
But for shite finishing Chelsea would have been about three up before then, mind. Think they got a bit cocky after a sustained period of domination and went for a counter-attack when it wasn't on, conceding at the absolute worst time.
We'll play worse and win at least 15-20 times this season.
was crushed so long ago, I can barely remember what it was. Probably something about Xabi Alonso.
A sole, lonely tear has just dribbled onto my keyboard while writing this. Top of the league, woo...
I think he seems quite a handy player, but after having a technically perfect striker who made his own goals in RvP I guess it's taken Arsenal some time to adapt. I think his success depends on his service, quite basically, so with Ozil etc. there he could easily rack up 20 league gaols this season...
big target man, linking the play up and shit. not scoring many goals, but an integral cog in the machine. or something
shitloads, in fact
All 4 of his goals in the Prem have been really nicely taken and his link up play has improved dramatically. Nowhere near the same class as Van Persie obviously and needs to keep it up for more than a month, but IF he carries on in this sort of form then maybe Wenger can go into the January window looking for someone to supplement the strikeforce, rather than having to find a first choice
Lovely work by Martin Atkinson too, failing to even book Koscielny for his penalty box brainfart or Sagna for dryhumping Altidore prior to his superbly disallowed goal.
(although Flamini exists in that Paul Scholes bracket of players who you know are going to get booked at some point, so the ref might as well get it out of the way)
Was very surprised upon seeing the Altidore non-goal that, for once, Garth Crooks' instant incandescent rage actually had some basis.
but when I saw it on MOTD, I didn't think much of it. Fair enough, it was a daft decision by the ref, but it's not like he blew for a foul just as Altidore was about to pull the trigger - the whistle went then he took about another 3 touches to set himself up for a shot.
while bearing down on the goalkeeper is exactly why it was terrible refereeing though.
Actually thinking about it more, maybe I'd have understood the upset more if play had stopped immediately on the whistle, something about playing on and scoring then getting upset probably dulled my sympathy.
Sunderland were understandably livid with the failure to play advantage, but he made the decision pretty quickly - hugely annoying when it happens to your side, but not particularly unusual. Failing to send Sagna off, having stopped play for the foul, really compounded the fuck up though.
sunderland should have scored more goals if they wanted to win. tough shit.
debating referring decisions is utterly futile.
...I know I've put the champions 6th. It's in hope more than expectation.
might finish in the top two this season.
Ozil pulling the strings, Ramsey making late bursts into the box, Carzola with the mad skills, Wilshire jinking past two players, Walcott giving the ball away with an atrocious second touch.
i didnt want to blow the tv up that much on saturday night.
most players are really paunchy and retired by now but it was still worth it for the camaraderie.
- peter beagrie was the best player on the pitch by miles
- john dreyer's such a great guy
- gareth whalley looks about 20 still but could only play 1 minute cos of a knee problem
- simon grayson and the drummer from one direction were on the celeb team
- lee sharpe didn't turn up. bellend
Thought they'd eschewed pretending to play instruments in favour of having haircuts
Think we can all agree Lee Sharpe's a bellend though.
he still lives in guiseley afaik and will turn up for anything
doesn't matter how many times he gets booked for it, he still does that fawn-like cartwheel tumble like a champ any time he's anywhere near the box
I'm going to enjoy watching the dynamic between Bale and Ronaldo play out. It was really quite funny.
sign of a special player.
a new low for MOTD
Presumably he thinks all defenders should be stood like Subbutteo men at all times?
looking forward to league one next season
Yeah yeah, I know nobody cares etc:
Ivory Coast v Senegal
Ethiopia v Nigeria
Tunisia v Cameroon
Ghana v Egypt
Burkina Faso v Algeria
I don't think it warrants more than that to be honest. I mean South America gets 5 usually (OK they only have 10 countries)
than some slightly shit european team like austria or switzerland fluking their way there.
anyway, veering away from meths-land into facts and analysis
Africa are actually a tad lucky to still have 5 places. in both of the last two tournaments only Ghana have made it out the group stage. in 2002 only Senegal did, 1998 only Nigeria did.
compare that with North America, who've got 3.5 places: 1998 - 1 team, 2002 - 2 teams, 2006 - 1 team, 2010 - 2 teams.
or Asia: 1998 - 0 teams, 2002 - 2 teams, 2006 - 1 team, 2010 - 2 teams
since 1998 Africa have provided fewer second round teams than any association other than Oceania, yet N.America have 3.5 places (fewer than Africa), and Asia have 4.5 places (again, fewer than Africa).
(fwiw, i don't think Africa should have fewer than 5 teams. also, i would happily see Switzerland have a ten year ban from international football as punishment for THAT Switzerland-Ukraine match)
New Caledonia should've had the chance to play off too
give us some stats on european teams qualifying for the later stages then.
as it was the idiots not realising the suspension still counted even though the original game was annulled.
if you break them, you are cheating.
Even if their disqualification is perfectly valid?
and active cheating. It's a shame when it's the former. Not saying they should make an exception for them etc.
It can still be a shame. I shouldn't get too much into it but implying no sympathy should be felt for a guilty party (and lets not forget, most cape verdeans will be innocent) is an attitude I see all too often outside sport as well...and it posses me off.
just play by the rules.
at least Burkina Faso vs Algeria might be a first time qualifier
putting a box around a player and showing their name whilst the game is actually going on as seen in the classic Southampton v West Ham match yesterday. Actually I am sure about it, it's shit.
ooh osvaldo and lambert are *still* quite far apart
ok we get it osvaldo and frigging lambert are standing quite far a-fucking part you TWWWWWAATTT
and thought i was seeing things as all the other dis football LADS didnt see it.
Carrick was MOTM for me. The sequence that preceded RVP smashing it against the bar was great. Nice to see Adnan get his league debut as well. The kid looks the part.
Jumped up about 20 odd places in fantasy. With Coleman set to be subbed in for Per and Swansea drubbing Liverpool I could even crack the top 50.
(*against a 10 man Palace).
thought Fabio was MOTM, Carrick second. don't suppose it matters.
allardyce: uh? what's this under my arm?
andy carroll: didn't say anything gaffer...
allardyce: yeah it's just an article...just sort of printed it out. It's about Kaka
andy carroll: oh yeah?
allardyce: yeah, just....talkin about how he isn't getting paid while being injured. Having just signed his contract and that
Andy Caroll: hmmm
Allardyce: been meaning to throw it out really <lays it gently over wastepaper bin in front of Carroll's locker, text side up>
See you later
as if united need any help this time round
Is the moral panic about diving going away any time soon? Yes, I know it's BACK IN THE HEADLINES after the weekend's UGLY SCENES, but I think we've all established now that it's not very good. Can we move on? Or do we still need to think of the children?
rather than the act itself being all that offensive. Much like the steroids in athetics row i'd be quite content for them to go either way with it; either wipe it out instantly by giving bans, or completely allow it.
Something is done about it; a yellow card. In my mind it's the same category of offence (trying to get away with something to get an advantage) as a niggly foul or timewasting, and both of those get the same punishment.
I just think there are much bigger problems than three or four players falling over a bit easily every fortnight.
so it shouldn't take too long for him to talk to those three or four players privately.
diving is much worse
Think that's just my frustration at one particular team boiling over from the weekend.
The number of players affected by it would be low because you'd need to be close to 100% sure it's a dive. But it would surely be a deterrent, even if all it did was made managers stress that it's unacceptable out of their own self-interest for losing players for periods of time
for banning players for various offences to start with, let alone trying to add more misdemeanours to the list.
Plus footballing authorities are all about inertia.
just imagining jonjo shelvey in a blockbuster :)
a Liverpool/Newcastle-style 4-3 with a late winner would be ruddy lovely after the last few weeks.
sit through endless 0-0 shit all weekend, forget to turn on tonight's game in time, 2 goals already
United aren't far off evens tomorrow night at home to Leverkusen.
United have only lost 4 of their last 63 home Champions League games, two of those were end of group dead rubbers, the other two were by a single goal against Madrid (when down to ten men) and Milan.
Leverkusen have won 4 of their 27 Champions League aways.
certainly more so than most of the other top half teams
Karim Rekik needs knee surgery.
Arsenal breeze to that honour.
to add to the north london cup. cheers forza, 2013's looking up.
best possession team in the division.
Draw bet back ON!
Shame that, was looking forward to seeing just how mental he is
and got your kit all dirty and essentially wasted everyone's evening.
and even more so after the injuries and lack of depth to the squad started to take their toll.
As someone said on twitter, it wasn't a question of Shelvey being Man of the Match, rather the game being Match of the Man.
charlton's last two youth products of top-level note are him and jenkinson - two young men struggling against reputation and adversity to carve out their careers. who'd not root for them?
Positives are glimpses of quality from the debutants, nice goal for Moses, still unbeaten, still top.
Negatives are the Coutinho injury, Iago Aspas, and the knowledge that eventually, that sitting back in the last half hour tactic is gonna be outthought.