Angry Fans

The Examiner’s football correspondent Liam Mackey likes a good argument when he hears it, and he’s got strong views of his own. Today, and every Tuesday, he will be acting as referee on your opinions on the Premiership. Let him know what you think and he’ll argue the toss with you.

We’ll be offering a free sports prize to the star contribution each week. This week Pool look very solid now; Choking Gunners; Roy O’Donovan’s tackle on Cudicini; Robbie Keane’s being substituted; Avram Grant’s luck; Everton’s fatal blow; Formula 1 back; A little perspective on CL; Barcelona still there; Best of luck to Aliadiere; Ronaldo’s host of misses.

Letter of the week goes to Steve Arrowsmith, for his letter on goal line technology. Let’s have that address and our glittering prize will be on its way to you.

LIVERPOOL have come in for a lot of criticism but people fail to see that they do have the foundations of a good squad. The defence is very solid with exciting young players like Agger and Skrtel. The midfield is also strong with players like Alonso and Mascherano and we have finally stumbled upon our best attack with Gerard and Torres. support for Torres. Rafa has made good progress in the Champions league this season which has not received the same recognition as the other three Premier league teams and some so called experts have even used the excuse that the only reason we beat Inter was is because of a decline in Italian football. Perhaps if we had defeated world beaters like Olympiacos and Lyon we would be favourites now. Granted Arsenal do deserve the praise they are getting for their football which at times is exquisite and they have certainly laid down a marker in how the game should be played.As for the pretenders to the throne, Chelsea and Manchester United, they still haven’t won anything and so must be content with their meagre European Cup collection.

Eoin Murphy, Dunmanway, by Email

OUR SHOUT:

A stout defence of Rafa who, it’s true, probably gets more criticism than he deserves and rotates less than it seems. Still, I note you avoid any mention of Liverpool’s meagre ie non-existent Premiership collection which, more than any amount of rotation, is really what has the faithful and critics alike in a spin.

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I LOVE the sound of choking Gooners.

Rory Walsh, Dublin, by email

OUR SHOUT:

Let me guess. Man U? Chelsea? Spurs? Nope, can’t be Spurs, otherwise we’d be in what’s technically referred to as a ‘pot/kettle’ scenario.

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ROY O’Donovan? Just what was he doing leaving his foot in against Carlo Cudicini at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Just what do he, and Stephen Hunt have against Chelsea goalkeepers that they want to kick them into the middle of next week? Should have been a yellow card for O’Donovan at the very least. A very nasty piece of play. Oh, and I will take my customary early bath now.

Cork Blue, by email

OUR SHOUT:

Altogether now: Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio...

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TOP strop by Robbie Keane when he was subbed at Manchester City on Sunday. OK, he didn’t throw his club shirt to the ground, and I guess an overcoat doesn’t carry the same symbolism, but very enjoyable for the neutral nonetheless.

Steve O’Toole, Wexford, by email

OUR SHOUT:

Lucky for Ramos that Robbie left his bow and arrow in the creche. eh?

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SOMEONE up there must really be looking out for Avram Grant, and I don’t mean Roman Abramovich. Blessed with easily the easiest draw in the Champions League (and a second leg at home if they make it to the semi-finals) and now in the position where they are the team to beat if either Manchester United or Arsenal want to win the Premier League. What was it Napoleon said . . . "Give me lucky generals."

Nick Keane, Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT:

What’s twas it someone else said? If Avram Grant was seen walking on water they’d say it’s because he can’t swim. Have a Red Card for breathtaking begrudgery.

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FATAL blow to Everton’s Champions League chances at the weekend with their defeat to Fulham. Now three points behind Liverpool with the same number of games and matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal still to come in their final eight fixtures. Moyes is a good manager, but as the result against Fiorentina showed, they are still three or four players away from challenging properly. As are Aston Villa, Blackburn, and the rest of the trailing group. And those Champions League sides are simply going to get richer and further out of sight with the new TV money that’s coming in for this tournament.

Declan Kennedy, Limerick, by Email

OUR SHOUT:

In the same spirit as your letter, I think we should sack Trap now and make Roy Hodgson manager of Ireland.

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LIAM, can you explain why Sepp Blatter and the rest of the Eurocrats have turned their back on goal-line technology in favour of placing additional officials in each half of the field when there aren’t enough competent referees’ assistants to go around as it is. Is it because it wasn’t their idea in the first place, or because they weren’t incentivised sufficiently to think positively about it in the first place. It’s a backward-looking decision which won’t help the game to progress.

Steve Arrowsmith, Dundalk, by Email

OUR SHOUT:

Don’t start me on this, Steve. As regular readers of this column and indeed all my former friends and loved ones know, I can bore for Ireland on the subject of football’s myopic technophobia. Instead, I’ll just award you our Letter Of The Week prize.

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HOW depressing. Formula 1 back on TV; the rugby season nearly over and only the latter stages of the Champions League; the "business end of the season" and the FA Cup Final to look forward to. Can’t wait for Barnsley v Portsmouth at Wembley.

Mick Durkin, Galway, by email

OUR SHOUT:

I sense you have been very impressed with the eircom League marketing campaign then.

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AMID all the glee of English clubs having four representatives in the Champions League quarter-finals . . . didn’t they have three in the semi-finals last season (an arguably more impressive performance), and it was still won by an Italian club. A little perspective please.

Hugh McDonagh, Dublin, by Email

ALL OF those people looking forward to seeing an English side lift the Champions League trophy. Aren’t they forgetting a little side called Barcelona?

Sean Barry, West Cork, by email

OF all the European results in the knockout stage wasn’t Liverpool’s the only one that really raised even half an eyebrow. Milan are a busted flush with Kakabarely fit; an18-year-old at centre-forward, and minus their most effective player, Seedorf. Surely Arsenal, playing at only 80% of their potential, should have expected to beat them. Olympiacos were never going to beat Chelsea over two legs and Lyon, despite Benzema, are along way off the team they were three seasons ago due to the club’s policy of selling its best players. Only Inter looked like a real challenge, and with Ibrahimovic proving, once again, that he goes missing in the biggest games, they were a disappointment up against a highly professional Liverpool. Three English clubs will make the semi-finals too. One of them might even win it this year.

Dennis Greene, London, by email

OUR SHOUT:

Please don’t tell Cork Blue but something tells me it might just be Chelsea’s year.

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GOOD luck to Jeremie Aliadiere. He was wrongly sent off at Anfield so it was good to see him return to the Emirates to score against his old club. He deserved it. Four draws in four games . . . it’s hardly title-winning form is it Arsène?

Red Devil, Limerick

OUR SHOUT:

Always nice to hear from Alex Ferguson.

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GLENN Hoddle always used to criticise Andy Cole’s shots-per-goals ratio and cite it as a reason why he did not get more international recognition. Good job he wasn’t watching Cristiano Ronaldo at Pride Park on Saturday: ten shots, one goal. On that ratio Ronaldo must have had more than 310 goal attempts this season.

Pat McAllister, Carlow, by email

OUR SHOUT:

Yeah, a shocking waste of space, isn’t he?

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