Stoke City 2 Swansea City 1: Bullet points

Stoke City 2 Swansea City 1: Bullet points 0

After the ridiculousness of QPR’s game with Liverpool, Stoke against Swansea could well have become Sunday afternoon’s poor relation.  It didn’t.  It may have lacked the drama that took place in West London, but it was an engaging contest between two very evenly matched sides featuring far too much Michael Oliver for anybody’s liking. Here(…)

Referees, the quest for attention, and an officiating evil

Referees, the quest for attention, and an officiating evil 1

It’s always regrettable when you look back on a footballing weekend and note that it’s been more notable for its officiating than its play. Referees make mistakes; that’s a reality that we accept and tolerate in the game, but there’s a new officiating evil creeping into the sport: the bigger the Premier League gets, the(…)

QPR 2 Liverpool 3: Bullet Points

QPR 2 Liverpool 3: Bullet Points 0

Eighty-six minutes that nobody will remember, and nine minutes that nobody will forget. A hugely improved QPR somehow conspired to lose yesterday to a listless Liverpool, dominating long periods of the game, creating the best chances, but ultimately falling on their sword when it actually mattered. Here are some notes from Loftus Road: – Harry(…)

Chelsea’s Loic Remy, his performance yesterday, and an adaption of style

Chelsea’s Loic Remy, his performance yesterday, and an adaption of style 0

When Chelsea signed Loic Remy at the end of the Summer window, it seemed like a strange move.  The Frenchman is an extremely talented forward, but he was stylistically different to Diego Costa that he seemed an odd choice as a back-up. Remy does a lot of things very well. He’s an incredibly instinctive goal-scorer(…)

Manchester City 4 – 1 Tottenham: Bullet points

Manchester City 4 – 1 Tottenham: Bullet points 0

A familiar story between Manchester City and Tottenham today, with fundamental errors, weak defending and lethal finishing combining to produce a 4-1 home win.  The scoreline may have been similar, but this was not a City victory which really compared with the two humblings they handed out to Tottenham last season. Even if the scoreline(…)

Tottenham, 2009/10 and the personal value of that night at The Etihad

Tottenham, 2009/10 and the personal value of that night at The Etihad 2

A couple of days ago, this site published an article which awoke some considerable misery in Tottenham’s fanbase.  The side’s 2012 visit to The Etihad was a harrowing experience that left some with wounds which are seemingly yet to heal. So here’s the penance for that piece: Something more uplifting… The great seasons of your(…)

Football should shut its doors on Ched Evans 8

“He has served his time, he has served his sentence and we would have him back. Good players like that have got to carry on playing and if not for Sheffield United it would be for someone else, and we would regret that.” That’s part of a statement from the Sheffield United supporters’ club, discussing(…)

The beginning of the actual judgement period for Mario Balotelli at Liverpool

The beginning of the actual judgement period for Mario Balotelli at Liverpool 2

It’s difficult to know whether the articles criticising Mario Balotelli’s start to his Liverpool career have been written honestly or whether they exist purely to cash-in on the perma-newsworthiness of their subject. One way or another, four starts and one substitute appearance into his Premier League return, definitive statements are being tossed around very liberally.(…)

Why England’s U21s shouldn’t be supplemented with senior players next Summer

Why England’s U21s shouldn’t be supplemented with senior players next Summer 0

On Tuesday night, England’s U21’s qualified for the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic with a 4-2 aggregate playoff win over Croatia.  Gareth Southgate’s side played with an impressive style and control across the two legs and enjoyed a greater superiority over their opponents than the scoreline suggests. This team, unlike so many of(…)

Tottenham need to take pride from Saturday, even if they don’t take points

Tottenham need to take pride from Saturday, even if they don’t take points 0

It’s a bittersweet feeling: the international break has mercifully come to an end, the Premier League has returned…but your side are facing Manchester City away from home.  That’s the reality for Tottenham supporters this weekend, as they travel north to revisit the scene of their six-nil humiliation last season. City away is, for sides other(…)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and a changing mentality

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and a changing mentality 0

This might sound tenuous, but there’s now a maturity to Eden Hazard which he hasn’t always possessed. When he left Lille, he was a target for half-a-dozen top European sides – three of which were in England – and he chose to reveal his transfer destination on his Twitter account. It was his Lebron James(…)

QPR & Harry Redknapp: Managerial change is a last resort

QPR & Harry Redknapp: Managerial change is a last resort 3

This morning,The Independent ran a story about Tim Sherwood potentially being a candidate to potentially takeover at QPR and ignoring the elephant in the room – that Sherwood is actually an Independent columnist – that seems to be a symptom of the dissipating faith in Harry Redknapp.  As you’d expect, a whole raft of football(…)

The Raheem Sterling episode represents England coverage at its worst

The Raheem Sterling episode represents England coverage at its worst 1

It’s day three of the Raheem Sterling melodrama and it’s still not threatening to become interesting. If a player asks to be left out of a game, his manager agrees to it, and the side then wins that match, most sensible cultures would accept that there isn’t a real story.  Not this culture, not in(…)

England U21s: Bullet points from last night

England U21s: Bullet points from last night 0

Understandably, many of you are probably suffering from international football fatigue and will have missed England’s U21s win in Croatia last night.  Given the way the nation’s various age groups have performed over the past two years, enthusiasm is probably running a little short for all things England – but Gareth Southgate’s side produced a(…)

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