Monthly Archives: September 2016

Burton v Cardiff: should Beavon start?

There might only be two points separating 23rd place Cardiff City and 18th place Burton Albion, but the moods in both camps are very different. Cardiff finished 8th last term and while expectations were not particularly high in pre-season, they would have hoped to be in the top half. Most pundits wrote Burton off as relegation… Read more →

Positive point for Preston at St Andrews

Che Adams’ came off the bench to secure a point for Birmingham on Tuesday night, in a 2-2 draw with Preston. The Lilywhites led at the break thanks to Alex Baptiste’s tap-in and Daniel Johnson’s free-kick, the latter coming shortly after Ryan Shotton’s header for Gary Rowett’s side. However, Adams equalized in an improved second half from the… Read more →

The vilification of modern football

‘Against modern football’, ‘The Game’s Gone’ – Words and slogans used by once enthusiastic football fans who have become disillusioned with the modern game. This blog would argue that the game, in fact, remains alive and well. There have always been moral issues in football, but their nature has changed. The problem is that nostalgia can at… Read more →

Battling Burnley beat lifeless Watford

Burnley were without Andre Gray. They had just lost 3-0 at Leicester. They were playing a Watford side that had gained back-to-back wins. How would they cope? Superbly. In an industrious performance, two headers from Jeff Hendryck and Michael Keane saw the Clarets to a 2-0 win over a lacklustre Watford side. In the first half, the… Read more →

Why there’s still hope for Orient

Following Andy Hessenthaler’s departure, Leyton Orient have had seven managers in the last 24 months, so one can see why some view the job as a poisoned chalice. Francesco Becchetti’s interferences with team selection and lack of trust in his managers have been a factor behind the club’s decline. However, this blog would argue that interim manager Andy Edwards… Read more →

Bees unpicked by clinical Wolves

Joao Teixeira’s early second half brace in Wolves’ 3-1 win over Brentford was key to the game’s eventual appeal. Until then neither side had threatened to score, but the first goal turned the dynamics of the match on its head. Sulley Kaikai reduced the deficit to spark a period of pressure from the Bees, but… Read more →