This year’s Carling Cup third round threw up a more than its fair share of surprises. Liverpool lost to League Two Northampton Town on penalties in front of the Kop, neighbours Everton suffered a slightly-less humiliating exit away to Brentford and Chelsea’s mix of second and third-string lost at home to Newcastle’s reserves. Another mild shock occurred at White Hart Lane, when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger picked a relatively experienced side. 11 of the 14 players involved for the Gunners are full internationals. Quite the contrast from previous Wenger League Cup sides. Has his youth policy previously enforced in the competition paid dividends over the years? Football Digest looks at a few hits and misses over the years. Continue reading
“There was no malicious intent from Ryan; he’s not that kind of player.”
Danny Pugh, Stoke City midfielder, 27th February 2010.
“He’s a committed player, but he’s never going to go into a challenge looking to hurt someone.”
Rory Delap, Stoke City midfielder, 27th February 2010.
“Martin’s not a dirty player. He’s distraught over Eduardo’s injury.”
Alex McLeish, Birmingham City manager, 23rd February 2008.
“In my opinion, I felt Dan Smith did go for the ball and the lad knocked it away and he accidentally caught him.”
Kevin Ball, Sunderland caretaker manager, 1st May 2006
Almost two years to the day that Eduardo suffered a horrific broken leg after a challenge by Birmingham’s Martin Taylor, Aaron Ramsey was to suffer a similar fate at the hands of Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium last night. In May 2006, 19-year-old Abou Diaby had his ankle broken when a Dan Smith lunge cost him eight months of his career and a possible Champions League final appearance. Does anyone see a bit of a pattern forming here?
As we are in the midst of another transfer window, I shall be nominating 3 players from each Premier League club I think will be moving onto
Cracking a Rare Smile
pastures new in the coming months. First up is Arsenal, who after another trophy less season, will have learned from past experience that it is not a good idea to sell half your midfield and not replace them. Continue reading
Those seven words were often uttered to me by my dear mother when I was growing up ( and out). I could never head my head around what she meant. Until now. Tuesday night, at about 9:55 pm, it hit me. As I stood in the Anfield Road End, staring onto the empty pitch, trying to keep my anger at those around me, who thought the minutes after Liverpool best chance of winning the league in 12 years evapourated was a perfect opportunity to take a photograph of the ground, to myself I knew exactly what she meant. Liverpool have my heart broke. Why can’t they just do things simply?