Tottenham & their quest for character

Tottenham & their quest for character 0

At the end of October, after his defeat had slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United, Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned Tottenham’s lack of character. To the club’s supporters, it was nothing new.  During the Premier League years, Spurs have been a notoriously soft team and there are so many instances of their weak-mindedness that the(…)

The Premier League broadcasters are failing their audience

The Premier League broadcasters are failing their audience 0

  In a recent phone conversation with a friend, Monday Night Football came up.  It was agreed that Sky Sports’ pairing of Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville has produced some truly enlightening television and that the program is easily the best of its kind in British football. But then we asked why, rather than being(…)

The empty seats at Aston Villa should worry us all

The empty seats at Aston Villa should worry us all 4

When you watch Aston Villa play at home, don’t be fooled by the empty seats in the stadium.  Don’t look at the standard of the football, the league table, and then simply deduce that this is just a sulky, disaffected fanbase who are reacting to an uninspiring era. No, it’s a much bigger problem than(…)

Why fans should always enjoy winning – regardless of performance

Why fans should always enjoy winning – regardless of performance 0

Football is scrutinised in such detail now, that victories very rarely seem to provide pure enjoyment.  Once upon a time, supporters were occupied simply with winning, losing, and very little else. No longer. As we have been given access to more games, more types of football and more opinions, our standards have risen and the(…)

Hull vs Tottenham: The Gaston Ramirez incident

Hull vs Tottenham: The Gaston Ramirez incident 6

Football is wrapped pretty tightly within an excuse culture. Partisanship naturally means that supporters will always blame an official or an opponent for something that has negatively effected their team, but there are times when it’s right for them to point an accusatory finger at one of their own. Hull were excellent in the first-half(…)

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(…)

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