The Bournemouth View: a memorable season

It just keeps getting better and better for AFC Bournemouth. From crippling financial woes and non-league fears in 2009, to beating Manchester United and Chelsea in a mid-table Premier League finish this year, playing good football along the way. But what does the future hold for the swashbuckling Cherries? Supporter Rob Lee (@robmatlee) talks tactics, the need for… Read more →

Ariyibi stars as Spireites counter gung-ho Tykes

Chesterfield defeated Barnsley 2-1 at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon. It was a result which was partially down to questionable refereeing decisions and a fine performance from visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee. However, to say bad luck was the only factor behind Barnsley’s defeat would be to neglect the fact that some of their problems were self-created. Although… Read more →

Terriers solve left-back dilemma

For a long time, left-back had been a problematic area for Huddersfield Town. Ben Chilwell had impressed on his loan spell from Leicester but was recalled in January by the Premier League leaders, highlighting the teenager’s importance to a Championship side. Like Chilwell, James Husband is only at the club on loan. Although solid enough, the Middlesbrough man… Read more →

Championship Preview: Rotherham’s revival

Here are The Football Lab’s previews for all 12 of Tuesday night’s Championship matches. Bristol City and Rotherham look to continue their climb away from relegation danger. Chris Hughton returns to St Andrews as manager of promotion-chasing Brighton, Burnley and Cardiff look to build on good form while a disappointing 2016 means Hull and Derby must… Read more →

Gotze not the answer for Liverpool

The best players in the Premier League this season are those who are rapidly progressing, rather than those who have achieved in the past. This blog believes that teamwork, energy, tactical discipline and pace is the universal blueprint for future footballing success. Jurgen Klopp knows that more than anyone, his excellent Dortmund team having embodied those very… Read more →

Taylor-inspired Wombles defeat rigid Wycombe

A dynamic performance from AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park saw them gain a priceless 2-1 win over play-off rivals Wycombe, with a brace from Lyle Taylor. The striker’s early tap-in gave the south-west Londoners the lead in an impressive first half, before Paul Hayes equalized just after the restart. Taylor converted a penalty that saw the visitors re-take the advantage… Read more →