Picking a Tottenham side to face Hull City

Picking a Tottenham side to face Hull City 3

It’s been two long weeks since Tottenham surrendered so meekly to Stoke City at White Hart Lane, and today they travel to Hull with the opportunity to correct their season’s disappointing trend. Steve Bruce’s team are in a similarly negative spiral, having not scored in any of the last three games, and this is definitely(…)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini & Michael Carrick: Performance vs Arsenal

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini & Michael Carrick: Performance vs Arsenal 0

After Michael Carrick’s career finishes, he won’t be talked about.  Carrick is one of those footballers whose value can be hard to spot and whose influence on games is generally quite subtle. Typically, he’s the sort of player who draws a lot of criticism when he plays poorly and receives very little praise when he(…)

Football needs the angry public mob more than it realises

Football needs the angry public mob more than it realises 1

Football has become exhausting. Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a confluence of negativity.  Ched Evans’ release from prison and the righteous public objections to his return to the game has, lately, combined with Wigan Athletic’s attempts to drag the game back into a dark age of ignorance and indifference.  Malky Mackay’s non-penance of(…)

Picking a Manchester United side for The Emirates

Picking a Manchester United side for The Emirates 0

Hello again, domestic football. Manchester United travel to The Emirates this evening for the weekend’s first televised game.  Louis Van Gaal has a lengthy and well-publicised injury-list to contend with, but should still be able to put together a side capable of taking the points in the London – Arsenal, remember, are similarly depleted and(…)

West Ham’s Stewart Downing and his mid-week misuse

West Ham’s Stewart Downing and his mid-week misuse 1

Stewart Downing has had a really good season.  His transformation from formulaic inverted-winger to centre-based playmaker has been one of the more notable storylines of 2014/15 and, two weeks ago, he was rightly restored to the England squad. Downing is thirty years-old and for him to re-learn certain aspects of the game at this stage(…)

Arsenal, Manchester United and the acrimony over Danny Welbeck

Arsenal, Manchester United and the acrimony over Danny Welbeck 0

Danny Welbeck left the Celtic Park pitch clutching his hamstring on Tuesday night, so there is a doubt over whether he will be fit to face Manchester United tomorrow. If he does recover to take his place in Arsenal’s starting lineup, though, it will be a gift to a storyline which has had a baffling(…)

England’s mid-week win & why nobody is allowed to enjoy it

England’s mid-week win & why nobody is allowed to enjoy it 0

There’s a growing movement in football which is most unwelcome.  When something good happens to a side – a win, a last-minute victory, a fourth-placed league finish – there’s always a queue of people waiting to tell that team’s supporters why they’re not allowed to celebrate. The game is about winning, but now we’re told(…)

Football holds open the door, Malky Mackay walks back through it

Football holds open the door, Malky Mackay walks back through it 1

Nothing is a more relentless apologist than football. Malky Mackay walked back into employment today, three months after a string of racially offensive text messages between him and Iain Moody were made public. Mackay cut a quasi-contrite figure at his unveiling as Wigan Athletic’s new manager.  He said all the right things, he ticked off(…)

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