All posts tagged with: Grant Hanley

Norwich v Hull: Canaries flying

After Norwich City concluded August with a 4-0 thrashing at Millwall, few predicted that they would concede just one goal in their next six and go joint-top of the Championship form table. Grant Hanley’s deadline day arrival was designed to improve a defence that had conceded 12 goals in five games. Improve it did, even… Read more →

Ashley must back Rafa over Shawcross deal

With Newcastle United set for a swift Premier League return, owner Mike Ashley must learn from his mistakes. He targeted young, overseas players with a high potential sell-on value, but the result was a team lacking experience and character, culminating in relegation. Rafa Benitez, among the highest-profile managers in Europe, will not tolerate the same… Read more →

Coyle exit changes little for Blackburn

It seems unlikely that Owen Coyle’s departure from Blackburn Rovers will impact the club’s survival chances. The ominous prospect of third tier football for the first time since 1980 has long loomed over Ewood Park. Since the Venky’s took ownership in 2010, the club has regressed on average five places per season, going from 10th… Read more →

Toon beaten at the Cottage

The post-match words on Fulham’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Friday night will largely be on penalty decisions. Attention instead, should go to Fulham’s tactically-intelligent performance, in which they showed power and played at a high intensity, Matt Smith’s first half header giving them three points. The visitors had their moments, but were dull and lacklustre for much… Read more →

Blackburn v Hull: why Gomez can lift Rovers

There has always been one ‘Geordie’ in the hearts of Blackburn Rovers fans, and manager Paul Lambert will hope he has signed another. Jordi Gomez joins on loan from Sunderland and he is a player who could inject some much-needed creativity into this Rovers midfield. At Middlesbrough, Lambert changed his system to accommodate Gomez. He switched from… Read more →