Monthly Archives: December 2016

Brentford v Cardiff: defensive struggles

A section of Brentford fans are growing unhappy with Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly’s management of the team and this blog can understand why. Left-back Tom Field, who has filled a once problematic position for the Bees is often substituted and the youngster’s departure was partly what turned the tide at Leeds last time out. However, 14th is not a… Read more →

Mane winner hands Liverpool deserved derby victory

Sadio Mane’s injury-time winner sparked jubilant scenes among Liverpool fans at Goodison Park. The Reds did enough in the second half to merit their derby victory against Everton, who were unable to sustain their high-energy start. In the first 20 minutes, the hosts applied relentless pressure, James McCarthy and Idrissa Gana Gueye bossing the midfield. Roberto Firmino… Read more →

The Rotherham View: poor recruitment

Rotherham United have been the Championship’s masters escapology in recent seasons. This year however, the 12 point distance to safety looks insurmountable, even for them. Where have things gone wrong? Who has provided the flashes of light? And is the rest of this season less about staying up, and more about re-kindling some belief that the… Read more →

Jay Rod double sinks flat Bournemouth

When Bournemouth produced a magnificent turnaround against Liverpool two weeks ago, they sacrificed their possession principles in the second half and were rewarded for a more direct approach. When they went behind against Southampton, the Cherries did not respond to the ‘now or never’ nature of the situation. They kept the ball and hoped for space to… Read more →

Lund and Dale impress at Sixfields

‘All you need is Lund’, proclaimed the vocal and merry Rochdale fans inspired by the lyrics of The Beatles. The 10 other men who started in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Northampton certainly deserved their plaudits but Matthew Lund, ordinarily a sitting midfielder, was the most clinical player on the pitch. Dale’s away followers have not always been rewarded this season,… Read more →