Monthly Archives: April 2016

Boro dealt blow by battling Blues

Daniel Ayala’s wrongly-disallowed late goal means Middlesbrough have dropped two points in their quest for automatic promotion, after a thrilling 2-2 draw at Birmingham. Jordan Rhodes and Gaston Ramirez profited from poor home defending for their goals, while Stephen Gleeson and David Davis scored powerful strikes for the Blues. Either side could have won a… Read more →

York v Bristol Rovers: Gasheads on the up

York City and Bristol Rovers will meet as two fourth tier clubs on Saturday but in four months’ time, there could be a division between them. York’s relegation was mathematically confirmed with a 3-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Saturday but it had been coming for a while. Issues behind the scenes have affected the… Read more →

The MK Dons View: lack of firepower

MK Dons’ return to the third tier was confirmed after a 4-1 defeat to Brentford on Saturday. What has gone wrong this season? Who have been the few players to come out of the season with some credit? And where does the club need to strengthen this summer? Discussing these issues and more is supporter James… Read more →

Arsenal v Norwich: New Year struggles

Much has gone wrong for both teams since the turn of the year. At the end of December, Arsenal were top of the Premier League, averaging 2.05 points per game. In the last four months, they have gained 1.56 per game, form that would place them below Liverpool and West Ham over a season. Equally, Norwich City were 15th midway through… Read more →

What next for Colchester?

“After a meeting with the owner, Robbie Cowling over the future direction of the club, Kevin Keen has decided to leave Colchester United.” This was the opening line of a statement released by Colchester, three days after a 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion confirmed the club’s relegation to League Two. The statement suggests the parting of… Read more →

Were Crawley right to sack Yates?

On Monday, it was announced that Crawley Town have sacked manager Mark Yates and his assistant, Jimmy Dack. On the one hand, both men worked hard for the club and achieved, at least, the bare minimum. Given financial constraints, reports that a fifth of the squad Yates inherited took up four-fifths of the budget, late transfer… Read more →

2015-16 Premier League Team of the Year

Here is The Football Lab’s Premier League eleven for the 2015-16 season. This blog makes four changes to the PFA’s Team of the Year, with Heurelho Gomes, Kyle Walker, Virgil Van Dijk and James Milner coming in… Goalkeeper – Heurelho Gomes Gomes’ displays make him arguably Watford’s best ever goalkeeper. His highlights include a heroic display to… Read more →

Delusions of grandeur at Peterborough

Graham Westley has been sacked as Peterborough United manager this weekend, after a 2-0 home loss to Scunthorpe marked the team’s 12th defeat of the calender year. Westley was not the most popular choice as Peterborough United manager. He enjoyed an excellent start to his time in charge but results declined drastically, something this blog… Read more →