Sometimes a single game can turn a season around – look what followed Aston Villa’s 4-1 win against Norwich – and there are reasons for thinking that at a shade of odds on Manchester United are a good bet to beat West Ham on Saturday.
In football terms, Boxing Day is a collective sigh of relief after the familial confinement of the festive season.
It was dubbed ‘El Sackico’ by the tabloids, a match in which the axe would drop on the defeated manager. And it was won hands-down by Nigel Adkins, much to the surprise of many punters. In five away games prior to Saturday, his Southampton side had lost all five, conceding 18 goals plus a further 40 shots on target.
Despite sitting above Arsenal in the league table, the Hammers are not overachieving. I don’t think the team have excelled in any particular area.
Barcelona would have beaten any team in the world with their performance against Manchester United in Saturday’s European Champions League final at Wembley. 3-1 could have been a lot more but United, despite some mistakes, were not disgraced. Lionel Messi proved he is the best in the world and United did not give or need [...]
A sea of blue and yellow erupted as Jonathan Viera’s delicate lob nestled in the back of the net – and I witnessed it from only a running track’s width away.
Unfortunately for the celebrating Las Palmas faithful, their late ‘winner’ was ruled out for offside, a decision met with uproar, as Numancia clung on to [...]
A real quandary on Sunday. It doesn’t happen very often, but every two years or so I get a phone call from the sports desk saying “Forget the rugby for once, we need you for football.”
It’s not as flattering as it sounds. The reason was that everybody else was still on their way back from [...]
Where continuity is seen as the key to long term success – is it possible that chop and change is the key to short-term survival?
The epitaph has now been inscribed. The writing had been on the wall many months ago but now the sun has set on Avram Grant’s managerial tenure with West Ham.
Forums were abuzz with the laments of unhappy hammers, the majority of whom criticised the “incompetent” Grant – now the first manager to be in charge [...]
Neutrals and fans partial to the taste of fingernails will be thankful the bottom end of the table remains far from decided.
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