Morning. Fifa 11 arrived on Wednesday so I eagerly got home, stuck it on, set up a game and started playing. Picked the Arsenal vs Sperz obviously, set difficulty to Professional and had at it. 1-0 up in no time, these pro-traits or whatever they’re called are fantastic. Chamakh is an absolute beast in the Fifa box. Put a cross in and he’ll bury it. Wherever he or the ball is (even in different places). But then when Defoe skipped past Clichey (no surprises) and rifled a shot goalwards I think the game glitched. Almunia dropped low to his left and got a hand to it. I thought “that’s still going in” but it just edged past the post and out for a corner. So surprised was Andy Gray on the commentary he sort of screeched like a cat being run over by a steam roller, the screen froze, flickered and the playstation made a loud banging noise before turning off. The lounge was full of the smell of burning and in my own surprise I nearly wet myself. It turns out that the playstation just couldn’t cope with the math required to properly animate Almunia getting a strong hand to a goalward shot and literally tore itself apart under the pressure of an impossible happening, like if you tie buttered toast to a cats back and drop the cat out of a window – what way up will it land?
So Almunia broke my Playstation by saving a shot, and Sony wanted £130 to replace it. I’m beggining to think our goalkeeper is mocking me. The good news is, in my career, Schwarzer has conceeded 20 goals already and we’re only 5 games in. Dodged the bullet indeed.
So what the bloody shit is Karl Henry playing at? I mean his club are already being labelled by everyone as “thugs” and “dirty little tosspots”, so why do what he did? It was a ludicrous challenge, 11 minutes into a match. The fact that he did not snap the Wigan player in half doesn’t mean anything other than he’s a very lucky boy. Saying “well no one got injured” is a ridiculous red herring. The point is, they could have been.
To protest the sending off was idiotic to say the least but to suggest after the game that he was harshly treated and that he “doesn’t understand why I got a red card” is a measure of just how dangerous the nutter is. He’s capable of terrible challenges, the fact that he doesn’t understand they are dangerous and worthy of a red card coupled with the fact he is protesting the red card at all shows he will learn no lesson here. And that’s truly terrifying.
The pundit at half time said “he was just trying to stamp his authority on the game” after correctly saying it was a terrible challenge and a definite red. Why did he try and excuse it? Condemn it and let the player feel some peer pressure rather than immediately backtrack and make excuses, you just undo any good you’ve done by asserting that it was a red. Kevin Doyle has also leapt to the moron’s defence this morning suggesting he’s “not that kind of player”. Sorry fella, but we’re only 7 games in and he’s picked up two yellows, a red and he should have had a straight red against Newcastle. He’s also broken a players leg. Of course he’s that kind of player.
Smoggy Mick – “I’m not going to make any excuses, but…” and I’ll leave that arsehole there, for whatever excuse he was about to peddle would surely drive us all mental. Quick note though – if you start to excuse dangerous two footed lunges with the velocity of Henry’s in which he had no chance of pulling out or controlling his momentum, then it’s no wonder the rest of football thinks Wolves are a dirty bunch of bastards with a license to maim from the manager. You’ve given him an excuse, instead of condemning him.
I point you towards Steve Bruce roundly attacking his own player Cattermole. If you don’t want shit to stick, don’t catch it. I’ve a lot of time for Bruce, despite the best of three cup debacle against Sheffield a few years ago. He did the right thing, because now maybe Lee Cattermole will learn that whilst he is playing at Sunderland, his behavior is unacceptable. Conversely Karl Henry will now think his behavior is fine, because his manager has excused it. Smoggy Mick will have to take some responsibility for that, especially if Henry goes on to break someone else.
OH AND HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOLOPOOL. “You’ll never walk alone” – of course you won’t two other teams will get relegated with you. Such an incredible result for Blackpool, so lovely to see Liverpool where they belong. Under everybody else. Shame for Hodgson, I like him, but maybe he’ll go back to a club I can appreciate rather than that horrible bunch or rat eaters. Nice to see a club ending with ‘pool winning at Anfield though, doesn’t happen often.
The other main talking point from the weekend was the assault perpetrated by Nigel Clogs De Jong. A terrible challenge, which has left a player with a broken leg. A young player who was starting to make a serious impact on the premiership (despite Alan Shearer (the thicker of the two) not know who he was). This is a cap from the tv showing the point of impact, it’s not a particularly distressing photo, but it shows a leg at an unnatural angle: photo. What that illustrates is that the challenge was uncontrolled and two footed. You can clearly see De Jong’s left foot is up. I always assumed that those were at best yellow cards, but that as it was dangerous play it should be a red?
The trouble is De Jong did touch the ball first. And there is a misconception that winning the ball is the sign of a good challenge. All that means in reality is it was well timed, or lucky. Of course a tackle can still be dangerous even if the player wins the ball.
Pretty soon the best league in the world will be the most broken league in the world.
So finally onto the Arsenal game – I could just copy and paste the two previous games analysis here. We dominated possession, didn’t create much for it and Chelsea were relatively clinical. I don’t buy into the fact that they were lucky as suggested by some (Anelka spurned two nailed on chances, one an open goal after rounding the keeper) but we dictated the middle of the pitch and controlled (for the most part) the game. We also missed two glorious sitters ourselves.
In a way it was like the West Brom game – a game we should have won but instead contrived to lose. We played much better all over the pitch against Chelsea but the result was the same – we should have taken a point at least, probably all three, but we didn’t.
Jamie Redknapp is still an arsehole, probably aiming for the Shearer crown of lack of knowledge about world football. – “Drogba is up against Koscielny and Squillaci here, they’ve never played against Didier Drogba before and that’s a worry”. Squillaci is a veteran French defender and Drogba spent quite some time in France. Think about it Jamie. You moron.
So I’m sick of being the better team and losing. On balance I’d have taken a point before the match, and so we’re only one point down on what I would have taken, but it’s made even worse by the fact that Chelsea have an extra two they didn’t (in my opinion) really deserve and it’s particularly galling that we didn’t take anything home given the way we played, which was much improved over last weekend.
Considering we had RVP, Fabregas, Verm and Almunia, our first choice spine all out I’m still very upbeat about our season, but we need those players back and quickly. Anyway, there’s plenty of gas left in the tank, and who knows we might go on to win every remaining match.
Remember, you’ll never walk…. oh I can’t do it. Fuck off Liverpool 😀