WHY, against possibly the worst team (San Marino) ever to visit this country,
did the Rep of Ireland line up with four defenders? Surely, given these minnows
had been conceding an average of 10 goals per game, we should have had a maximum
of 3 defenders and have had at least a 3-4-3 formation? (We could even played
3-4-4, with last man back acting as keeper?)
Like the nostalgic
last man back tactic, not so sure about the use of possibly in the
WOULDNT IT be a good idea to have two minutes silence
before this weeks Champions League games in memory of Ferenc Puskas? Ive
only seen him play in faded black and white footage but you can still see he was
Even better idea . . . rename the Champions League cup the
Ferenc Puskas trophy, or make a special award for the team that plays the fairest
in the competition every year.
That great goal against England, you know the one did the Galloping
Major also invent the dragback? Answers on a postcard...
GREAT to see
Stephen Hunt getting some credit for his performance at the weekend after Chelski
and Mourinho did everything they did to blacken his name a few weeks ago.
I READ an interview with John
Madjeski, the Reading chairman, where he said that only one person thought there
was anything sinister about the injury to Peter Cech. Perhaps he ought to have
a word with Jens Lehmann, Edwin van der Saar and Shay Given who all think different.
the thing: opinions will differ but Hunt and hes the only one who
really knows insists that it was an accident. In the absence of any convincing
evidence to the contrary, whats so weird about just taking his word for
NOW then Liam . . . Im sure youll be thrilled that the
Ashes Series is starting on Thursday. Do you think Hoggie should open the bowling
with Grievous Bodily Harmison or should Freddie take the new ball? Will he be
able to reverse swing the Kookaburra as much as he did the Duke in the last series,
and do you think Gilchrist will be his rabbit again? What about the spinners
should it be Monty or the King of Spain? And, to toss one up for you to hit for
six . . . whats the best soccer equivalent of sledging that
you know of?
Ha, thought youd catch me out with a trick question, did you? Even I know
that soccer is not a Winter Olympic sport. Have a red card or a bongo or
a blooper or a plonker or whatever the equivalent is probably called in
the strange geriatric past time of which you speak.
LETS get real
about next Sundays match at Old Trafford. It is not the season-defining
game that all you journalists talk it up to be. Its too early. It will be
the 14th game of a 38-game season. Sure, if United win, theyll be six points
ahead . . . but they will still have to go to Stamford Bridge. If Chelsea win,
they will be level.
Are United going to go through the whole season undefeated?
I dont think so. Are Chelsea? Definitely not because they have at least
one eye on Europe this season. I dont want to be reading next Monday that
the seasons over.
For services to common sense a commodity
which is anything but common in sport have our Letter of the Week prize,
I REALLY hope Celtic stuff Manchester United tonight, if only
to wipe out the memory of the character assassination that Alex Ferguson carried
out on Gordon Strachan in his autobiography a few years ago. Whats that
saying about revenge being a dish that is best eaten cold?
Let it go, Bhoy, let it go...
IS IT me, or is Cristiano Ronaldo the biggest show pony theres been the
Premiership since David Ginola?
Ah, but dont we just love when they get on
the ball? Dont we?
WHY wasnt Kuyt booked for his clear dive
against Middlesbrough? Of course, Liverpool dont do that sort of thing!
they dont do much of anything, to be fair.
YOUVE got to laugh,
havent you, when you hear Roy Keane protesting that referees need to be
treated with more respect?
Well, I would laugh, but then maybe Roy reads this column so Id
just like to say for the record that I agree with everything he says.
WOLVES v Sunderland. The 10th placed team in the Coca Cola Championship versus
the team in 15th place. Live on Sky 1 on Friday night. I wonder why that is?
Er, Stephen Elliott
back and in form?
KEVIN Doyle. Six goals in 13 Premiership games. The
same number as Thierry Henry (£10.5m). Only Drogba (£24m) and Rooney
(£28m) ahead of him. That £80,000 is beginning to look a completely
ridiculous selling short by Cork City now isnt it.
It was looking pretty ridiculous from
word go, actually.
SO the Hammers are on the slab for £95m, which
includes £22m of debt (which they can recover by selling Anton Ferdinand,
Reo-Coker, Ashton and Etherington). Just what are a bunch of Icelanders going
to do with one of the most important development academies in the Premiership?
Icelandic ownership has hardly set Stoke City on fire has it? Could it be anything
to do with predicted property values in the East End of London?
Wot could be more welcome dahn
the East End than a nice bunch of geysers?
LIVERPOOL to be sold to the
George Gillett, the man who used to own the Harlem Globetrotters and the Miami
Dolphins? Cant make up my mind whether to pinch myself or shoot myself.
Hmm, such uncertainty.
Sounds like youre suffering from what we doctors call Rafa Syndrome.
SHOULD Thierry Henry really be given the Ballon DOr as Arsène
Wenger has been insisting? Loser in the Premiership. Loser in the Champions League.
Loser in the World Cup Final. Who would your choice be Liam?
After Saturday against Sheffield
United, it has to be Cristiano Ronaldo. (Oops, sorry, I thought you said ballooned-over).
IM ALL for berating a mediocre England team but what the hells
going on when Louis van Gaal is leading the attack? Hes a man who achieved
the impossible by turning Barcelona into a byword for mediocrity with past-their-best
signings such as Zenden and Emanuel Petit. Van Gaal wouldnt know a good
player if he bit him on the arse. Even if he was wearing an Oranje shirt.
the Gaal of the man.
SO Gary Lineker says he hates phone-in
programmes. Is that because hes so far up his own backside that he has forgotten
what fans sound like?
Or maybe he just can't get a signal up there?