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Post by weedguru_animal » Sat May 27, 2006 1:49 am

Looking at the the Hockey, NFL, Baseball stickies, I notice that the most globally recognized/played sport is missing. A terrible error on my part for sure...But times are achanging, and with the World CUp just around the corner, I know the time is Right to introduce a football sticky....
I am planning on composing a small report on each game in the upcoming tournament in Germany, so I shall create a seperate world cup thread, when the games actually begin on Friday 13th June......Friday 13th??Hang on a sec, which wise guy chose that day and date????Talk about inviting trouble, don't be surprised if we see Jason as referee for the opening game, with Freddy Kruger and Candyman as the linesman, with Sirus the Virus commentating. Friday 13th. Why not wait until sat 14th, just to eae concerns over horror films becoming reality...

To kick-off I will explain my own loyalties as a football supporter....

As a very young boy I supported Liverpool. That was the era of John Barnes, Ian Rush, Jan Molby, Hanson, Grobbelar and a baby Robbie Fowler. As my mind started to develop it's independent streak, I stopped supporting the team of my mates, and chose Gillingham (as my nearest league team) and Juventus (I had worked out I wasn't fully English; half siccillian, so I watched one episode of Football Italia and was immediately addicted to the zebra stripes of Juve). Two teams with very contraSTING histories and idealogies i.e. JUve - lots of money, tradition of winning everything. Gills- Perennial strugglers, scrappers, with reputation of pitfighters tuned footballers.

So I am a very loyal supporter of both Juventus and Gillingham, though if they ever played each other..lets say in a champions league final!...my loyalty to Gillingham would be stronger. Underdogs of war.

There has got to be some other football fuckheads about, so please get posting and let's get this thread bustling with rumours, opnions and expressions of love and dedication to the world's greatest game, the sport given to humans by the gods of Venus....Football or as the yankiees call it Fuzzball...

(Some suggestions for posts- player profiles, game reviews, transfer gossip, tales from the terrace....)
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Post by The curious orange » Sun May 28, 2006 1:02 pm

i went to see forest v gillingham.
my god were the gills fans terible, there was a slight murmer after you (actually us, an own goal) scored, but apart from that there was nothing from them, quite as fuck, and the worse part was they didnt sing 'your not famous anymore'

what sort of team comes to the city ground and doesnt sing your not famous anymore! The last time the oposing fans did'nt sing that was when we were in the premiership. I love the banter at the games if the away fans don't taunt us about not being famous anymore, how can we sign who the fucking hell are you? , Forest played apserloty terrible but still deserved to win at a canter. The best experince ive had at the city ground was when we played mk dons, i sat in the A block, notoriuse because of the psychos that stand there. there was so much singing 'has ur mum got ginger pubes' at the poor ginger left back and althrought the match my voice hurt afterwards. As for forign sides florintina have always been my faverite after they were relagated 3 times in one season (once for leage posision, twice more for money iregularitys) and 'super depor' my spanish side. however all i really want is to see positive attacking football, whether its sunday league or champions league.

oh and best fans no doubt swindon, 7-1 down and they still were noisy and sang 'shall we sing a song for you!?'
ei ei ei ei ohh, up the football league we go!

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Post by weedguru_animal » Mon May 29, 2006 11:24 am

'Forest played apserloty terrible but still deserved to win at a canter' :D :D :D
The stoned spelling added to the humour I got from that line. In truth, our form between October 2004 and late March 2006, was at best terrible, at worst some of the poorest football ever produced by a Gillingham team that is well over a hundred years old. Quite a slump some would may say, but at least the sinking Gills ship has been firmly brought under control by ginger pyshco Ronnie Jepson. The transformation in both play and results that Jepson can take full credit for, was/is nothing short of remarkable. Back in March of this year I was thinking 'for fucks sake, I don't fucking believe this, how the hell can we keep getting worse. I don't want consecutive relegation, please football gods, save the Gills'....We went from a whipping-boys of league one to world beaters, in the space of a week. The lads pulled together, simulatenously remembered how to play football, the proceeded to win 6 games on the trot , 3 of which were against teams in the top 5 of league one. The poor refereeing at Yeovil cruelly stole the opportunity of achieving seven consecutive victories, but Andrew crofts late firecracker from 30 yards was some consolation.
Some players have already left us, but only Jason Brown will be missed, and of course Byfield, that is if he does leave for Milwall or anywhere else for that matter. Jepson has brought in some new young and eager faces to punch about and transform into a new generation of gillingham Underdogs of War and Vengence...

Where did Forest end up??

Gills terrace chants I can recall:-
'Singing I I Iffy, Iffy I,
Singing I I Iffy, Iffy Iii, etc etc ' In celebration of Iffy Onoura undoubtd class... :D

'carl Asabas magic,
he wears a magic hat,
and when he saw the priestfield, he said I fancy that,
He wouldnt sign for Fulham,
Or Milwall, cos they're shite,
Instead he signed for GILLINGHAM,
cos they'e DYNAMITE.....
Oh..My old mans a dustman.....' Obviously for Mr Asaba..Where is he now?

The last Gills game I attended was Stoke v Gills, back in 99. For the whole match there was a toothless but not voiceless old Gills fan standing Right beside me, repeating without altering tone/volume on any occasion, "3rd in the league, you'd think we were 3rd from bottom"...The One Hit Wonder....that type is annoying..

Nastiest fans have met:
I went to see Man City V Gills at Maine Rd, I sat in the Kippax stand with my manchester friends. There was City fans all around me, shouting threats to the nearby Gills fans, :
"we gunna fucking kill you, u suthern kunts" and
"Youre dead, youre fucking dead, you suthern pricks, fucking come on then."
For the 120 minutes or so that I was at Maine Road, I was as quiet as a mouse. My proud and loud Southern accent would have most likely caused death or near to it, had I not kept my volume to a minimum....

NB: The gills fans nearby the pyschos of Maine Rd looked quite scared. Most of them I mean, as there was a handful who seemed interested in fighting the whole 20,000 Mancunian mercenaries....
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Post by The curious orange » Mon May 29, 2006 1:49 pm

'Where did Forest end up?? '

higher than you, also took 4 point of you.

FUCK ALL YOU'VE NEVER WON FUCK ALL

when the balls in the goal its not shearer or cole, its tyson its tyson its tyson!

we hate derby we hate derby we hate derby we DO, sheep sheep sheep shaggers baaaah

actually my faverite chant ever i was not there for, it was the week after we lost 8-1 at home to man u (before you say it, when did you last play man u, and our goal was by far the best of the nine) we were 2-0 down to chelsea, so our fans sung
two goals you've only scored two goals,
replyed with,
one half, we only played one half

censored for uneccesary nastiness....
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Post by weedguru_animal » Tue May 30, 2006 11:25 am

The all-important scan. that will determine whether Wayne Rooney will play any part in the world cup, has been brought forward a week from 14th- 7th June. At first this seemed like brilliant news, but then I realized that if the scan is now scheduled for a week earlier than originally planned, then rooney's foot will be less healed than it would have been had the 14th June scan gone ahead as planned.
Does that make sense?

Roone is healing. By taking the scan earlier we will see an earlier stage in his recuperation process. Undoubtedtly this date change is portentous. All but the last patriotic embers of hope have now died from the fire. It will take a miracle for the little fucker to come through this scan with a thumbs up to play anytime soon.
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Post by The curious orange » Tue May 30, 2006 4:28 pm

maybe hes making better progress than expected, it could be seen as either good or bad. i think we should take defoe instead, cus realisticly owen is going to be injured at some point, walcott is a little boy lost, and peter crouch is.... well, peter crouch.

edit: what does putrid mean?
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Post by weedguru_animal » Wed May 31, 2006 6:33 am

sickenly repulsive.....Putrid that is...I like Defoe, but how much playing time has he had for spurs this last season???????He has explosive pace and can finish.Yes I think Owen will get injured and will be well marked by proper defenders.Crouch also isn't able to escape the attentions of players the class of Cannavaro or Lucio....We are lightweth in attack but the prospect of Gerrar playing off speedy little Defoe is intriguing...and potentially gruesome for opposing defences...
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Post by weedguru_animal » Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:44 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport

check out the rooney video...it appears that he can run and kick the ball with both feet.....maybe there is more hope than I thought.
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Post by weedguru_animal » Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:35 pm

If anyone fancies reading my review of the Premiership games played yesterday, 21st October, 2006, then please go here>>>>
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Premiership 28/10/06

Post by weedguru_animal » Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:49 am

Bolton v Man U

Only Nolan missing for Bolton…Ronaldo back on the right of midfield as Giggs continues on the opposite flank..
Jaskellainen only conceded one goal from open play so far this season.

All early possession and threat of breaking the deadlock from United…Giggs especially lively. Saha’s shot saved on the line by defender…
Rooney scores with a left foot drive after running onto intelligent through ball from Carrick…goal drought over 0-1.10’
Rooney grabs his second after collecting a loose ball, 25 yards out, picks his spot, cracks a beautiful curling drive just inside the post…0-2 16’
2t
Vidic- tough tackling. Carrick long ball finds Saha who runs at goal then squares for Ronaldo to score into an open net… 0-3 82’
Fletcher intercepts weak cross field pass, then sends Rooney through, who finishes with aggression past the impressive jaskelainen..0-4 82’

Man United were in scintillating form. Not just Rooney who scored a powerful hatrick to end his much publicized lean period. But every member of the team. They could have won this 0-10. Slick passing, crisp movement and arguably their best performance for a few years. Every one of Rooney’s goals smacked of class. The bullish Man U and England striker is approaching his 21st birthday this week, but his biggest smile will no doubt come from the satisfaction of regaining that brutal sharpness which makes him unstoppable. As the Bolton defence saw this afternoon. Vidic grows in stature with each outing and looks to be an astute signing by the Scot at the top.

S United v Chelsea

Joe cole back for Blues.

J Cole injures Michael Tonge in first minute with stamp to his ankle. Sheffield bossing matters.
Drogba adjudged to have pulled down Hulse..definately NOT a penalty..no tackle or push…
Hilario saves the spot-kick, leaping quickly down to his left to paw the ball away to safety..Justice.
Lampard header saved from close range…Chelsea gaining prominence…
Long range free kick from Lampard swerves slightly but Paddy Kenny misjudges it and the ball flies straight past him…0-1 43’
2t
Deep cross from Lampard sets up Ballack for a header at the far post. 0-2 49’
Ref missed a blatant handball and allowed S united shot to be taken…shit ref.

Comfortable for Mourinho. Noting spectacular but got the job done.
Paddy Kenny actually jumped away from the ball for Lampards free kick goal!!!
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fast finding his head at premiership altitude, Ballack

Arsenal v Everton

Arteta corner met in the obx by super rat Cahill whose weak header falls onto his boot and rebounds past the static Lehman…0-1
Arteta nearly stomped by Gallas after hugging the frenchman then leaving his foot trailing over his chest…both booked for ‘afters’.
Henry close with well timed header..Rosicky drive reaches roof of the net..Rosicky close with outside of the right boot from 25 yards…Howard tips over Van Persie, hit from 18 yards..Henry header flashes past the post…. Van Persie scores delightful curling free kick from 22 yards out..keeper gets a touch but cant stop it nestling into the top corner…1-1 71'

Everton lucky to get away with a point. Arsenal continue to gel together as a team of ambitious young upstarts, but it is obviously going to take a while to get all the new cogs complementing each other as Asshole Wenger envisages…
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Curled in a delightful equaliser,Robin Van Penis

Portsmouth v Reading

Kanu claims the opener with his 7th of the season…1-0 9’even though it was Gunnerson who elbowed the ball into his own net..not kanu’s goal..cheeky fucker…Benjani useless; two clear chances fluffed, once on a plate from Kanu and then his one-on-one with the keeper lob attempt. Sol Campbell steers a lofted volley pass to Kanu who gets a UK size 12 right boot on the ball to push it past Hammerman for 2-0 52’..that was definitely Kanu’s!
Mendes made it 3-0 with a perfectly executed volley from 189 yards out..his exocet smashing in off the post…
3-0 66’
Mendes shooting from range is lethal.
Mendes handles a shot on the line then pushes it clear for throw…Doyle wins a 5 man scramble to poke home for 3-1…James had completely misjudged the trajectory of the cross!

‘it was a stupid thing to do..really stupid..but they scored from the resulting corner so it was fair’-Mendes, in reference to his disgraceful handball which thwarted a certain goal.
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Ben thatcher's best mate, Sharp shooter Mendes

Liverpool v Villa

Carragher pumps one forward to big Sami Hyppia, the defender cushions the ball into the path of Dirk Kunt who brings it down via his chest before whipping a rasping shot past the keeper for 1-0 31’
Crouch scores with a first time shot from 15 yards past sorrowful Sorenson..2-0
Flowing Liverpool passing move ends with Garcia slotting the third goal for his team, under the flaccid frame of Sorenson…3-0 44’
Villa pull one back through Agbonalhor with clever drive past Reina .3-1.(set up by Chris Sutton.)

Villa poor. Liverpool rampant.
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Spanish sleazeball, Luis'prettyboy'Garcia

Watford v Spurs

Watford dominating….Shittu’s delicate pullback skied 50 yards over by Tommy smith from close range..
Lennon twice denied by Watford’s England keeper, Foster…Ashley Young wrongly judged guilty on offside charges, after he was clean through and scored past Robinson…bad decision.
Foster foils Lennon again after the youngster had burst between two defenders to find space for the strike…
MOM- Foster.
Watford played to their maximum but didn’t have the rub of the green..

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The future England number one, Ben Foster of Watford.

Newcastle v Charlton

Carson smacked in the head by Rossi’s knee…sporting sympathetic reaction from the Italian.
Rossi close with volley, onto the bar after Duff had made the chance…
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MOM Scott Carson…he earned the point for Charlton.

Fulham v Wigan

Wigan had been pushing hard and earned the penalty when Zat Knight handballed on the line.,..Penalty struck the bar!!! Fulham asleep.
Mistake from Zat Knight allowed Cammarra to run through and clip a shot past Niemi for 0-1

Well deserved victory for Jewell and his well trained hyenas..lackluster Fulham.
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Post by Dr. Greenthumb » Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:57 am

GO MANCHESTER!
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Post by weedguru_animal » Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:33 pm

Barcelona v Chelsea, champions league. 31/10/2006

Chelsea matched the reining European champs on technique, invention and ultimately on goals. And were it not for the fine form of Barca keeper Valdes and questionable refereeing from the Italian official, the London outfit would have left the Nou Camp with all 3 points. Lampard’s claims for a penalty were flimsy but when Makelele was clearly obstructed in the Barca box by super villain Marquez, the calls for a spot kick had considerable validity. The same player, Marquez, should have been sent off during the first half, after jogging 20 yards to lay two hands of retribution onto Drogba’s chest and push him to the ground. However neither the referee or his visually impaired linesman noticed the blatant offence. So the Catalonians can count themselves lucky to have escaped punishment for several misdemeanors which with another set of officials could have seen them concede a penalty and play the majority of the game with 10 men. There does seem to be some truth to the well publicized suggestion that the Nou Camp is one of the hardest places to find fair and competent refereeing.

Apart from Messi-who was Barca’s most dangerous player- and the ultra professional Zambrotta, Rijkaards team were shamefully demanding yellow cards for every challenge, by Chelsea, that was deemed a foul. They also made the most of every opportunity to try con the ref which certainly devalues the proud tradition of the club. The Chelsea players weren’t exempt from this modern day curse of bad sportsmanship, with Drogba countless times a prime culprit of play-acting and Lampard going to ground in the box when it seemed easier to stay on his feet and pop the ball into the net. But the rest of the English side were exemplary in their conduct. Which can’t be said of the Spanish and European champions.

Ballack was the biggest disappointment for Chelsea but playing just off an aggravated Drogba and free roaming Robben isn’t the German’s ideal position. He did waste a glorious chance late on in the match, blasting well over from 15 yards out, but his general link up play was neat and useful. Lampard really came to life after half time and he was the driving force behind his side’s emergence as the major force on the field for the second forty five minutes. His goal was nothing short of world class. Despite Drogba’s persistent whining he showed his worth by scoring a dramatic, but thoroughly deserved equalizer in the 93rd minute.

Chelsea’s performance merited at least a draw and I expect Mourinho will have greeted Rijkaard after the match with a wry smile…

MOM: Lampard- Industrious, talented, decisive. His goal was excellent and his all round work rate and quality showed that he is approaching top form.

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Post by weedguru_animal » Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:23 pm

Anyone who missed the games yesterday, please check out my home-made overview of the Premiership action...
http://thevaldezview.wordpress.com/tag/football/

I listened to the United Chelsea game this afternoon and was a bit shocked by the apparent lethargy of CHelsea in the first half. But true to their quality they came out fighting after the break and by the sound of things could have snatched a victory!
This season is looking like the most exciting for many a year...My money is on United.
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Post by weedguru_animal » Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:24 am

Another round of games played and United are looking more like title winners every second. It is going to be intriguing to see how Mourinho can attack from behind rather than consolidate a lead.

Premiership review 1/12/2006

Boro v Man United
Despite the regular headless-chicken performances by Boro this season, they have fared unusually well against the top dogs in the league. So there was a certain amount of romantic hope flowing through the
Riverside ranks as the country’s most in-form team came to town. A win for United would point them 6 points clear of nearest rivals Chelsea, who don’t play this weekend.

The early exchanges were bossed by Fergie’s squadron. A Saha header was chested off the line, Ronaldo tested Schwarzer from range and Giggs should have buried a rebound effort. It was therefore no surprise when Saha picked up the ball 35 yards from goal, then threaded a delightful through ball into the box for Ronaldo to run onto then dive theatrically to the floor as Schwarzer’s agile frame suddenly blocked out all the light. The referee gave the penalty and brandished a Yellow card to the Aussie shot stopper; the spot kick converted with much improved accuracy from Saha for 0-1 20’. The replay of the ‘foul’ showed that Schwarzer didn’t make any contact with the Portuguese playboy.

Boro immediately launched a fight back; the highlight of which was Xavier’s header against the bar after a perfect delivery into the area by Downing. But their blitz on the United goal ended as abruptly as it had begun with Ronaldo once again assuming the role of protagonist extraordinaire. The pretty bastard jumped over Boateng’s retreating left boot then went down as if he has been garroted. Moments later the Portuguese almost extended his side’s lead through a long range piledriver which was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Schwarzer. Completely against the run of play, in the 66th minute, Boro equalized. Downing again was the provider, flinging in a dangerous cross which fell to Morrisson via a defender’s head, the Boro striker finishing with style, volleying firmly past Van De Sar for 1-1 66’.

Two minutes later United’s ascendancy was re-affirmed when Ronaldo was sent through the Boro back-line. He thought about shooting but then, realizing that the angle was too acute for anyone but Lampard, chose instead of shooting to play the ball out to Giggs, who chipped back into the box where Fletcher arrived to head home for 1-2 68’.FT: 1-2

The scoreline deceptively flatters Boro. United dominated this game from start to finish and should have decimated their opponents long before half time. Nine wins from the last ten games is title form for
Ferguson and his determined, excitable squad and the confidence which builds as a team progresses through a period of exceptional form was plain for all to see. The passing and movement of Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs and Scholes was at times world class and if these players and the resolute central defensive pairing of Vidic and Ferdinand can all stay fit then I cannot see Chelsea catching this team. Boro acquitted themselves as best they could but the gulf of quality between the two teams was painfully obvious.
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‘Keep your fucking distance swine, any closer and you will smudge my make-up’ screams Ronaldo…

Sheffield United V Charlton

If there is one team in the premiership who I would have to bet my right ball on to lose any fixture, it would be Charlton. The decision to ditch Dowie so soon into his stint as manager of the club and replace him with the tactically admirable by massively inexperienced Les Reed, has only plunged the club deeper into the mire. With both these teams currently idling in the drop zone a win was a must for all concerned, but as mentioned, Charlton are favourites for defeat in any encounter that the fixture list throws up, so the responsibility was with Sheffield United to make light of their foes’ unenviable position and use the match as a springboard out of the bottom 3.

The Blades started much the brighter with Quinn, on his debut, forcing a commendable save out of Charlton keeper, Carson, early on with a stunning volley. Rob Hulse proved a constant, twisting, barbed thorn in the Charlton belly, battling through to send shot after shot towards goal. His accuracy, thankfully for Les Reed and the beleaguered Addicks supporters, didn’t match his endeavour. It was a major shock to the world as a whole when the deadlock was broken by the visitors. Andy Reid’s clever running freed up Ambrose in the box whose shot was well saved, the rebound falling to the twinkle toes of Reid who made no mistake slotting the ball home from fully 3 yards out for 0-1 17’. Hulse continued to threaten at the other end while Charlton relied exclusively on the guile and invention of Reid, who was blatantly the most talented outfield player on show, to create openings on the break. Ambrose almost profited from another intelligent through ball from Reid but his route to glory was blocked sternly by Carson, who continues to impress between the sticks.

Justice was delivered in the 64th minute when a Gillespie inswinging corner found the head of Morgan who scored his first premiership goal. 1-1. And right at the death, that mad looking goat Gillespie popped back into the limelight to strike a wonderful first time volley into the far corner of the goal from 20 yards out. The goal was incredible not just for the technique deployed by the boss-eyed, much traveled,
Sheffield winger, but for the timing. A killer blow presented moments before the ref blew his whistle for full time.

A deserved victory for the home side. Warnock’s squad have now escaped from the drop zone for the first time since September. Worrying signs for Charlton. They lack solidity in defence, potency in attack and rely heavily on the cheerful Irishman in midfield, Andy Reid to conjure any goalmouth action in the opponent’s box. The January transfer window offers an opportunity for the new manager to bring in a few of his own choices to try stem the tide but it could prove too little too late for the Addicks who on recent form look destined for a long holiday in the Championship.

FT: 2-1
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Keith Gillespie scored a glorius winner for the Blades…

Arsenal v Spurs

With superstar Henry out injured the Spurs dressing room must have been unusually upbeat prior to the latest North London derby. History shows that the Gunners are often a shambles without their whining, petulant, world class striker. And with the Spurs attackers finally finding their range in their last few outings there was reason for optimism approaching this match.

Berbatov started well, jinking past a defender before setting up Malbranque for what looked like a prime chance to smash one past Lehman, but alas, the Frenchman fluffed his shot severely, sending the ball out for a throw. With 20 minutes on the clock, Fabregas played a ball over the static rearguard of Spurs, which fell inches from giant Adebayor’s size 18 feet. Unlike Ledley King and his buddies, the striker didn’t stop to question the validity of his position, instead choosing to stride towards goal and finish with aplomb past Robinson for a 1-0 lead. Replays suggest that the big man was onside.

Ljunberg was justifiably hacked into a crying heap by a melee of Spurs players as the visitors attempted to upset the quickening Gunners rhythm. But just before half time, as Rosicky prepared to apply the marzipan to a sweet flowing passing maneuver by his colleagues, CHimbonda stretched out his boot and upended the baby faced Czech in the area. Despite standing with a seemingly impossible view of the incident, the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty, which was duly dispatched by Gilberto for 2-0 to Arsenal. However, the replays confirmed that Chimbonda had in fact got his toe to the ball before making any contact with Rosicky. SO the spot-kick decision was a serious travesty of justice.

The second half saw greater effort from the visitors who had began to suspect that they were playing against a combined group of Arsenal and the officials. Jenas popped one towards goal from range before charging back towards his own area and bundling Van Persie to the ground. Again the ref showed no qualms when presenting the home team with another opportunity to score from the spot. Gilberto confidently converted his second of the match for 3-0. But as with the first penalty decision, the replays provided controversy, with Van Persie seen intentionally handling the ball prior to his ‘fall’ which earned the penalty.

FT: 3-0

Terrible luck for Spurs. A welcome victory at the new Emirates stadium for an Arsenal team minus their French claws. History shows that Spurs have failed to win this fixture for the last 13 years.
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Former winner of ‘tallest man in the world’, Arsenal striker Adebayor.

Reading v Bolton

Reading’s accomplishments in their first premiership season already warrant praise. Far from struggling to adjust to life in the top flight, Steve Coppell’s close knit, hard working side currently occupy a UEFA cup place. Whereas fellow new boys Watford and Sheffield United face an arduous uphill torment on the road to survival or ruin, Reading look set to become the latest Wigan. Bolton, despite Anelka’s recent demolition of former club Arsenal, are currently lacking decent form. Away from the Reebok stadium, the Northerners are far from the robust, determined outfit visitors find when they enter the
Bolton cauldron of death and destruction.

This was by no means a blockbuster for the neutral, but Reading fans will be amongst the happiest in the land after seeing Doyle head home Oster’s cross after 33 minutes for a 1-0 victory. Oster was impressive throughout with silky dribbling and reliable distribution and was unlucky to not mark his own name on the scoresheet on several occasions. Bolton’s only chance came when Nolan poked towards goal after a scrambler in the Reading 18 yard area. Interestingly, for the first time in my life I saw a goalkeeper, Jaskelannan of Bolton, booked for a foul on his opposing shot-stopper, in this case Hammeman. The Scandinavian had rushed forward to support the attack in the dying moments only to see his impression of ‘pressure’ crumple Hammeman to the ground and earn the Yellow..

Comfortable for Reading . Four wins on the trot at this level is worthy of congratulations from all areas. Good work Coppell.

FT: 1-0
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Bald as a coot, wise as an owl. Reading manager Steve Coppell.

Portsmouth V Villa


Both these teams have made their best premiership starts on record in the current campaign. Redknapp, aided by Joe Jordan and ex-England great, Tony Adams, has transformed the Fratton
Park troops into a formidable fighting unit capable of mixing it with the meanest of adversaries. While the wise, at times fierce, Martin O Neil has lifted Villa out of the doldrums through encouraging the development of talented youngsters and resurrecting the career of constantly grimacing Chris Sutton.

As for the action…In the 32nd minute Agbonlehor was sent through into the area with the ball at his feet only to be thwarted by the hulking frame of David James biting at his shins like a genetically modified rotveiller. Barry duly pumped the spot kick into the net for a healthy looking 0-1 lead. Portsmouth got back on level terms twenty minutes later after Benjani fought well down the right flank then delivered a teasing cross into the box which Taylor headed home for 1-1 52’. Barry went close to scoring again before handling in his own area affording a penalty to the home side which Taylor scored to send the crowd into raptures, 2-1 80’. However the lead didn’t last long because Colombian marksman Juan Pablo Angel struck a 25 yard rocket in the 88th minute which deflected cruelly off
Campbell then beat the ultra impressive James to snatch 2-2. Mendes was sent off after receiving his second yellow of the match and soon after, the final whistle was blown.

Both teams will feel aggrieved at leaving the field with only a point, especially Villa who were denied victory by yet another vintage display by veteran mercenary, David James. A fair result and both sides look good value for a top 6 finish.

FT:2-2
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Arch angel, Juan Pablo, descended from the heavens to score a delightful equaliser for Villa.

Blackburn V Fulham

With Niemi forced out due to injury, reserve keeper, Lastufka was plunged into the mainstream at the most welcoming of grounds in the country, Ewood Park. Both teams have suffered from indifferent results of late and Fulham especially were in great need of a return to consistency.

The new keeper didn’t seem suitably aware when Nonda latched his big toe onto a long ball from Henchoz, steering the ball past the bemused Lastufka for an early 1-0 lead 6’. Nonda’s strike partner, Benni Mcarthy soon extended the distance between the two teams by turning his defender before curling a right foot shot into the top corner of the goal for 2-0 on 22’. There were only two decent chances for the visitors to nick a goal but McBride’s header was saved and Jenson’s late drive was saved by the dependable Brad Freidel.

FT: 2-0
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Blackburn muscle-man, Nonda, opened the scoring.
Wigan V Liverpool


Craig Bellamy started for the second time in a week and vindicated his manager’s rare show of common sense by opening the scoring after 9 minutes. The self-confessed welsh-man cut in to the left channel of the box then finished strongly with his right foot. It was Bellamy again who scored the second of the match after connecting with a typically clever Gerrard through ball then slamming home for 2-0 26’. Mculloch should have reduced the deficit when a rebound fell kindly at his feet but his shot was miles over the bar. A swift counter-attack from Liverpool saw the ball rapidly exchanged between Gerrard and Bellamy, then the in-form striker became creator; Bellamy looking up to see Dutchman Kuyt arriving who proceeded to make the most of the gift of a pass to drill home from 12 yards out 0-3 lead.

The misery didn’t end there for Wigan as before the half time whistle offered respite Gerrard crossed into the box where Mculloch was well positioned to deflect the ball into his own net to send his side down to 0-4 on 44’.

Not much to note from the second period other than a wasted half chance for steamroller Heskey.

FT: 0-4

Liverpool finally ended their abysmal run of shocking away performances while Wigan showed that they need a stint in the gulags to help them rediscover their form.
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Craig, the son of nature Colonel, David Bellamy, hit a devastating double which ripped holes through the Wigan frigate’s sails.



Awards

Goal of the day: Keith Gillespie(S.United)

Cheating gimp of the day
: C.Ronaldo

Best performance of the day: Taylor (Villa)
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