Over the last few months we have heard managers moan about this, that and the other. Some is justified but a lot is just moaning for the sake of it.
Yesterday morning though while watching Sky Sports as you do, waiting to hear all the news coming out from Arsenal, I stopped and had a laugh at two clips shown from the Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool Managers.
‘Arry was being asked about the mid-week game, you know the game I mean, we beat them 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Talking of which, I know only one Spurs fan around where I live and after the 4-4 draw and their victory earlier in the year I bumped into him, or did he bump into me just to mention the result? Funny enough I haven’t seen him all week and I can’t think why, maybe he’s gone into hiding…
Back to ‘Arry, obviously still smarting from the Carling Cup game he played a trump card. He turned the loss into humour and totally deflected any awkward comments. He said his ‘kids’ struggled after extra time due to cramp and couldn’t keep up with their opposition after ninety minutes. He said his players ran and ran – especially Sandro who had cramp everywhere, he said he ran so much he had cramp in his ears…..
Everyone laughed, midweek game forgotten and ‘Arry’s awkward interview was over – well, for then!!
Next up was Ian Holloway who’s Blackpool side face Fat Sam’s mob this weekend and I for one hope they win…
When asked about the Chelsea game, Holloway said that he got it wrong, his side should have attacked them, he may have been wrong and they may not have been good enough, I was a bad leader…. he said.
He went on to talk about how he and the team would learn! He said his team should shut up at half-time, listen to him and he has to make sure what he tells them is right.
He’s really chuffed with the quality of their pitch, so much so he thought he was on another clubs playing area when he walked across the grass it was so good. (maybe ours)
The man responsible for this is Stan and Holloway had this to say:-
He said its great, Stans absolutely brilliant, loving it, ‘he’s happy, he’s got his new mower’ and he’s going up and down there like Billio……
I just loved that, there was Holloway, smile beaming from his face talking about Stan getting a new lawn mower, it is a ride on too
Some may wonder why I am writing about Ian Holloway and Blackpool, well the reason is to highlight just how fortunate we are to be supporting the club we do. We don’t support them through choice, we support them because it was the most natural thing to do when taking our first steps into watching/supporting our first football team.
We don’t have a problem with buying a lawnmower, no doubt we have the best, we don’t have to worry about fighting to get into, or to just survive in the Premiership, we have been in the top flight for more years than most.
It’s so easy to rant and rave when things go wrong and I do but just sometimes other ‘goings on’ around us should make us feel proud to follow such a historic and successful club.
As for ‘Arry, it’s not very often our boss has to deflect a tough interview with humour after being beaten by our bitter rivals is it? No, we are lucky!
Anyway, on to today, West Bromwich Albion will be making a short journey down the M40 to pay us a visit. They are another club will often flirt with the dangers of relegation but like Sunderland, they are another club I hope doesn’t go that way this season. Roberto Di Matteo is doing well there and his side had a good win in the Carling Cup midweek when they knocked out the ‘Rich Kids’ from the city side of Manchester. Di Matteo was a classy footballer (in a crap side) and we can only expect his side to play in the same way today.
He promises a tough and hard game but it’s so refreshing to hear what he told Sky Sports yesterday:-
My opinion is that football is a contact sport. Part of it is physicality – but it needs to be fair. Referees have to be strong and make sure the game is conducted in a fair manner where no players get injured. They need to protect the players. Sometimes it is just an unfortunate challenge, sometimes it is challenges that can be avoided when a player gets injured. It has got to be fair. No one wants to see players getting injured or breaking legs.
Isn’t that pretty much what our own boss has said recently?
We know Diaby could be back today but there will be no Vermaelen, Bendtner, van Persie, Walcott, Fabregas, Gibbs. Frimpong and of course Ramsey, Squillaci is also rumoured to be out.
The last time WBA came to London they were on the end of a 6-0 defeat. Just for this one game I hope the result is the same for them, after that Mr Di Matteo, I hope you have a good season..
Thats it for today, enjoy the game later…..