Monthly Archives: August 2016

Unsung Hero of the Month: Jonathan Hogg

Jonathan Hogg had endured a challenging 2015-16 campaign. He had faced numerous injury problems while a large proportion of fans questioned his performances, particularly his perceived lack of ability in possession and reluctance to pass forward quickly. His competition was strengthened when David Wagner added to the midfield this summer. Jack Payne signed from Southend, Ivan Paurevic from… Read more →

Battling Burton beat sluggish Rams

Jackson Irvine’s first half header gave Burton Albion a 1-0 win in their first ever league game against Derby County. The local visitors had by far the more expensively-assembled squad, but their players showed a lack of bravery and desire, qualities shown in abundance from the hosts. Early on, Burton allowed Jason Shackell and Richard… Read more →

City v Hammers: Fletcher’s chance

Manchester City have won their first two Premier League games, but interestingly, they have only scored one domestic goal directly from possession build-up play. When Pep Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona, his side faced teams that gave them a lot of respect and they would score three or four goals from moves that involved 50-odd passes.… Read more →

Wigan v QPR: freedom or discipline?

A few Manchester United greats from the 1960s once did an interview, in which they were asked about Sir Matt Busby’s tactics. Their unanimous response was a hearty laughter – Busby didn’t have tactics, he simply trusted the 11 players to do what came naturally to them. As the game has evolved over the last… Read more →

Doncaster v Yeovil: three-year declines

Three years ago, Doncaster against Yeovil was a Friday night Championship fixture, and it was an eventful contest. Dean Furman scored a goal and got sent off, Gary Johnson made an unforced sub before half-time, Byrom Webster netted against his old club and Mark Duffy sealed a man-of-the-match display with a winning free-kick. Of the… Read more →

What will De Laet offer Villa?

Aston Villa have had a stuttering start to life in the Championship, winning only once. With more arrivals expected, the club has acted to bring in right-back Ritchie De Laet from Leicester City. De Laet may not improve the team defensively. In three of Villa’s five games in all competitions, they have let in a soft… Read more →