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  1. The French were given a real scare by Hungary in front of a fired up full house of shirtless skinheads in Budapest. Cracking atmosphere inside the ground (the less said about the protests outside of it the better) and the place went nuts when they took the lead completely against the run of play. The lad who scored didn’t know what to do so he just ran and ran and then jumped over the hoardings and scared the shit out of some poor girl who reporting at pitch side. Funny though and it’ll be one of the iconic moments of the tournament when its replayed in future years. Some funny looking specimens in that Hungary side though, including this lad who is a cross between Stevie Nicol and Sloth from the Goonies. France equalised through Griezemann but it makes the group really interesting now and their game with Portugal should be a cracker now. Get your money on England drawing with the Czechs because they won’t want to play whoever is second in this group. The Czechs might be better off throwing the game and hoping for the best. This result wasn’t great but there wasn’t too much wrong with the French performance overall and I don’t think anyone’s confidence in them has been shaken by it. They’re still the team to beat although Germany threw down a marker by spanking Portugal. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that Euro 2020 round ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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  3. Wales eh? How good was that! Great performance, great result, well deserved. They’re virtually in the knockouts now and might just have a very winnable game against Russia or Finland if things shake out well for them. That was a cracking game with Turkey, who at least showed some signs of life after the limp corpse showing they turned in against the Italians on opening night. It was just a really entertaining game, with loads of good footy and plenty of chances, most of which fell to Wales. Ramsay looked like he was going to have one of those games he’d stress over for the rest of his life as he kept getting chances and missing them. Most of them were created by Bale, and when the two combined just before half time Ramsay finally put one away with a deft finish. They were always in control but couldn’t get the second goal and it could have become nervy late on. It’s easy for me to say as I didn’t have any real emotional investment in it (I wanted Wales to win but I wouldn’t have lost any sleep if they hadn’t), but at no point did I ever feel like there was any chance they were going to concede and not win the game. In the last ten minutes they were ripping Turkey to pieces on the break with the pace of James but the ball just wouldn’t go in. Then they got a corner in stoppage time and with the Turks expected Bale to keep it in the corner, he danced along the touchline before getting a shot in that was saved for another corner. Amazingly, they let him do the exact same fucking thing again and he picked out Roberts to put the cherry on top of the cake. Great stuff, I even shouted “get in there”. I’m happy for them and even if they lose to Italy (which I don’t think it a certainty) they should be through now. Bale and Ramsay are just different class and that’s probably the main difference between Wales and Scotland. The Scots two best players are both left backs, whereas Wales have genuine top class talent capable of making things happen at the top end of the pitch. Wales aren’t the plucky little underdog punching above their weight, they just look like a proper team. They made the semis last time so this isn’t a fluke. Bale doesn’t have that searing pace that once made him one of the most fearsome forwards in the world, but he’s developed his all around game now and he’s just a fantastic footballer on his day. You’re not going to get a full season out of him on top form but when he’s fit and firing he’s brilliant. I looked at how he played in this game and you know what my conclusion was? Bale is the player people keep trying to claim Pogba is. Strength, power, technique, vision, world class passing, composure, decision making. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Euro 2020 round ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  4. Ah bloody hell Scotland. I’d really been looking forward to getting behind them and seeing them make some waves but they got off to such a demoralising start by losing to the Czechs. They played ok and gave it a go but a lack of quality cost them in the end. They’ve got some good players but they don’t have a striker and without a striker you’ve got nothing, as better teams than Scotland will also discover before this tournament is out. That really was the difference here. The Czech centre forward scored two great goals while the Scots had Sick Boy from Trainspotting bustling around up front looking like he was off his face on smack. Before the game I saw the team and asked in the group chat “who or what in the blue hell is a Lyndon Dykes?” The answer is he’s a crap striker who plays in the Championship. I can’t believe he started ahead of Che Adams, who isn’t great but he’s decent enough. The whole starting line up seemed weird to me though. Granted, Tierney was out injured (yet was in full training the next day) but Billy Gilmore was left out as well as Adams and Ryan Fraser. I wonder if anyone has told Steve Clarke that if Gilmore is good enough to be getting games for the European Champions then he’s good enough to get in the Scotland team. The Scots are up against it enough without leaving out their best players, but in fairness I can live with them losing this one and also the Croatia game if they were to beat England. With their best eleven out there they’ve got a chance, but it’s tough to see where the goals will come from. They played some good stuff against the Czechs and Robbo was fucking great. He could have even got on the scoresheet but as we’ve seen plenty of times he’s not great in that situation and his finishing is a bit shit. If he improved on that he’d be scoring half a dozen a season for us easily with the positions he gets into. Schik put the Czechs in front somewhat against the run of play with a brilliant header and then he added a world class second with a first time shot from halfway that looped over Marshall and left him in a heap in the back of the net. Keeper is too high up the pitch and Hendry should never have been trying to shoot in the situation he was in (leaving his defence exposed with a two v two), but fuck me that was a glorious strike by the forward. It’s unfair to blame Marshall for his positioning when he’s almost certainly been told to do that. Most keepers would rather be on the edge of the their own box and those who are pushed up usually aren’t that high through choice, but coaches no doubt feel the potential gains from them cutting out through balls is worth the risk of the occasional worldy like this one. It’s not the coach who ends up looking like a twat though, wrapped up in the netting and the subject of a thousand memes. They said on commentary that Schick was transferred between two Italian teams for £40m a few years back. That blew my mind. Is that where we are now, that players can go for that kind of money and half the football watching public have never even heard of them? Not just that, but £40m is actually closer to £80m when it’s Italian teams involved as they’re bad mingebags and don’t like spending more than they have to. Always crying poverty those fuckers. *Ok, so I googled that and it’s not true. Sampdoria signed him for €4m then sold him to Roma for €22m. In between that Juve activated a buy out clause of €30m but he failed a medical and it didn’t happen. Not sure where they got their €40m from but I’m relieved to know my stereotype of Italian teams being tight cunts has been re-enforced. The second goal was a killer really. Scotland had their moments but it wouldn’t go in for them. They waited 23 years for this and it was a bit of a damp squib. No-one will give a fuck though as long as they get something on Friday. Three points might be enough to qualify as one of the third placed teams so although this was a big blow it needn’t be fatal. Tell you what though, if the Scots are looking for inspiration they best get those Braveheart DVDs out because it ain’t coming from their coach. If there’s a more boring, uninspiring man on the planet than Steve Clarke then I hope to never meet him. Jesus he’s fucking hard work to listen to. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Euro 2020 round ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  5. This past season Liverpool left both football fans and bettors alike scratching their heads. Runaway championship winners last year, many expected them too easily stroll to another title. The way they played left many in doubt that the title would be returning to Anfield for a second successive year. Yet a combination of many things has ensured it will be a trophyless season for the Reds. Last season, bettors were rubbing their hands with glee as Liverpool delivered result after result giving consistent payouts to punters. Their home form was superb, winning 18 out 19 games, the only blemish on that record being a home draw against Burnley. Although the odds were not great on these home wins, their reliability meant that having a bet in an online casino on a Liverpool victory would have ensured profits throughout the season. However, this is all a thing of the past as Liverpool has been far more unpredictable this season. 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However, as opposed to Anytime Scorer, once the first goal goes in your bet is over. Let's hope your choice does the business. Troublesome Players Since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015, their card count has been dropping constantly, which can only be a good thing regarding suspensions. Yet a closer look reveals the same players offending, which can be an interesting way to make some extra cash. These days an online kaszinók or a sportsbook website can offer odds on players to be booked in almost every match. You no longer need to visit the high street bookmaker which can make football betting more convenient. Players such as Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara feature at the top of this list for Liverpool so they are worth keeping an eye on. Another two to take note of are Ozan Kabak and Sadio Mane. Kabak only signed in January and was thrust straight into the starting lineup due to Liverpool's defensive crisis. He has struggled to adapt to the fast pace of the Premier League and has already picked up a few bookings. While Mane's goal-scoring prowess has dropped off this season, he has racked up a few bookings usually at good odds. Many footballers are well known for gambling but it's unclear whether they use this angle. However, you can take advantage of this if you are not sure about betting on the standard match result market. Corner Kings This is a prime example of how Liverpool can continue to payout. A relatively unknown bet and not one many bettors would think of. While it is common for some people to bet on how many corners will be taken in the game itself, most online casinos now offer straight team-to-team matchups. With Liverpool being a top-of-the-table team who like to attack, you can be sure of winning some cash here. Especially at Anfield, they usually come out of this market on top. 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Platforms like mobile phones or tablets no longer make it an arduous trek to your local bookie to put on a bet. Bets in an online casino take seconds. If you are registered, deposits are instant and if you are lucky enough to win, withdrawals can be very quickly received into your bank account. No more worrying about lugging around wads of cash. Online casinos also can have generous sign-up bonuses for you to take advantage of. If you use some of these to bet on Liverpool, you can start to watch your pot grow straight away. There are also some top casinos in Liverpool for when you visit and some also take sports bets. Summary Followers of Liverpool and gamblers alike have been let down a lot this year. It has not been an easy procession to another title as people envisaged. Yet some things have remained steady and not disappointed. The form of Mohammed Salah has probably been the one shining light of the season. Bettors like reliability so players like Salah, Fabinho, and Thiago stand out in different markets. Just choose which avenue of betting you feel you would enjoy most and get stuck in. Corners have been a bet that can be followed pretty confidently. With this forward-minded team and their attacking threat, this is a fun gamble and also makes the game entertaining to watch as you pray for an assault on the opposition goal. Online Casinos have all these bets and more in one-stop easy to access sites. So with careful choices, Liverpool can keep your pockets lined in these troubled times.
  6. Saturday Jun 1: Virtually everything I wanted to say about today will be in the match report, but there is one thing I probably won’t touch on too much. It goes without saying I was deliriously happy at what went down tonight, but there was another emotion I was feeling more than anything else. Relief. For the first time that I can remember, the fear of ending up empty handed was stronger than the desire to just win it for the sake of winning. Not winning this game tonight would have really taken some serious getting over, and not just because we've had so many near misses over recent years. Losing to Spurs would have been bad enough for all sorts of reasons, but ending THIS season with nothing after all the incredible things this team has done? It would have just been brutal. That's our trophy, it doesn't feel right when another English team gets their grubby paws on it. Then there’s the piss taking we’d have been subjected to every single fucking week next year. It would have been so hard to deal with, so getting the win tonight was just massive for us. I wish I could have just enjoyed it for the sake of just enjoying it (like Istanbul), but like I say, I think relief was the emotion that trumped everything tonight. I’m relieved for Klopp that he no longer has to listen to that “serial loser” shite. Now he's just be described as world class manager without the 'but' at the end. That 'but' should not have been there anyway, but for a lot of people it was. Now it's gone. I’m relieved for Hendo that he’s captained a European Cup winning side and now has validation against all the unfair shit he takes. No-one deserves it more than him. I’m relieved for Milner that when he eventually leaves us (hopefully no time soon) he can say he won something big, because to me he’s an Anfield great and it wouldn’t have been right for him to have no ‘legacy’ to leave behind. Now he does, even though he didn’t start tonight. He’s the man who smashed into Neymar and Messi and showed he doesn’t give a fuck about reputations. Now he’s a European Champion and his legend will live on for generations. I’m relieved for us too. Just look at the amount of shit we took this year despite getting 97 points. Not just from the usual suspects either. Everyone seemed to want a laugh at our expense. It started in Kiev and they all got a taste for it. What are they gonna say now? Fucking nothing, that’s what. Some will try, but there’s really nothing anyone can throw at us now that won’t be immediately shot down with “We are the Champions, Champions of Europe” chant. Not even City can lord it over us now. Nobody gives a fuck about their treble, not even themselves. That’s why they were singing about us after they won. They’re obsessed, and seeing us do what they haven’t been able to is only going to fuel that obsession. We’ve boiled everyone’s piss tonight but I’ll enjoy that aspect of it in due course. For now, I’m just breathing a huge sigh relief and looking forward to a summer of basking in the glow of being Kings of Europe once again. Boss isn't it? Sunday Jun 2: Wow. I knew the parade would be incredible, but it was way beyond anything I was expecting. I don’t have the vocabulary to sum it up. All I can say is there are very few places in the world where you would see something like we experienced today, and hardly any outside of South America (or Turkey). Naples could probably pull it off, but there’s nowhere in England that could even come close. It’s hard to explain exactly why that is, but it’s definitely true. Who else could even come close? United are the only ones who can match us for the size of support but they could only dream of something like this. The club slogan “This Means More” is cheesy and it’s that kind of thing that contributes to why so many hate us. It’s also 100% true though. It does mean more. We saw that today. I was in town and I’ve never seen so many people in my life. There were Reds EVERYWHERE. It was mad. I didn’t see a single Everton shirt in town, which surprised me as although most of them understandably locked themselves away or left town for the weekend, you normally get a few who want to pay their respects and a few who just want to show their defiance. I didn’t see any though. The atmosphere when the bus came into view was electric. It wasn’t like being at the match, it was a different kind of buzz, but it was spine tingling. The bus emerged through a cloud of red smoke and there's Robbo and Milner hanging over the rail and banging on the front, singing Allez Allez Allez. All the players were giving it loads as they went past, it was fucking incredible. I hadn’t seen anything that had happened prior to that but when I got home I was watching the four hour youtube of it until about 3am. I couldn’t take my eyes off Klopp during that period when he was sat at the back of the bus acting daft. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. This is probably the greatest manager in the world, a fella in his 50s, in a position of authority and who is greatly respected and admired, and he’s sat there, shitfaced, baseball cap on back to front, almost falling off the back of a moving bus. One of his teenage players even had to ask him if he was ok. Who else would do that? More to the point, who else could do it without looking like a prize tit? As it is, it was mostly just greeted with a laugh and a shrug and a "typical Jurgen, off his head". He’s completely unique. There’s no-one like him. He commands respect and his players won’t take liberties, but at the same time they all love him and he’s more of a lad than any of them. The counting to six and then the goofy grin, that’s one of the most iconic things you’ll ever see. No-one else would have done anything like that. No-one else would have been able to pour beer on a teenager without having a word of criticism levelled at them. I could write all day on this as there were so many moments worthy of mentioning from today, but I’ll leave it at that other than to make the point that even though everyone knew today would be something momentous, it surpassed most, if not all, expectations. And the significance of that could benefit us big time over the next few years. I mean, think about it. What player in that squad would even consider leaving after this? Where else would they get a day like this? Combine that with how good the team is, how loved the manager is, and anyone that would even consider going somewhere else would have to be fucking mental. Especially when you see what happened to poor li’l Phil. What must he have been thinking today? At this moment in time, if you were to do a poll of professional footballers all around the world and ask them if they could play for any team in the world right now, I’d be amazed if Liverpool didn’t come out on top. We could probably sign any player that was on the market this summer if we wanted to (De Ligt is probably the hottest available player, and I bet he’d walk over broken glass to come here if we asked him to), but the way Klopp has been talking I’m getting the feeling he doesn’t want anyone. He just wants to keep this entire group together (barring the couple of obvious, out of contract, exceptions). Whatever he wants to do is fine by me though. Fucking hell, he can do whatever he likes as he’s earned the right. It would be a little frustrating if we didn’t take advantage of all this though. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. 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  7. Shirt sponsorship deals are big business in sports in general and the English Premier League in particular. For the longest time, this battlefield has been the forte of gambling companies. And, it seems that is not changing anytime soon. The biggest gaming names, including at least two casino sites in the top 10 UK online casinos list, have confirmed deals with clubs for the upcoming 2021/22 season. According to FourFourTwo, a football news, features, and statistics blog, almost half of the 20 shirt sponsors of the Premier League teams during the last season were gambling firms. The number remains the same for the coming season, with eight sponsors being betting sites. A Game of Singing Chairs The breadth of the casino sites is only as deep as their pockets. Their influence is not only limited to the Premier League; instead, in all the echelons of the English Football League system. Two of the three teams joining the top league from the Championship have a betting or casino site as a sponsor. Besides, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, and Fulham have replaced one gambling brand for another. Despite the apparent dominance in the league, not one of the traditional top six teams will don the logo of a gambling brand either on the shirtfront or sleeve. This phenomenon possibly points to the abundant options available to top clubs. Besides, gambling brands prefer partnerships with smaller clubs where they often outbid non-gambling companies. Locational Spread As you would expect, almost all the betting companies represented in the EPL shirts come from traditional gambling strongholds of Malta, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, and Curacao. A rare entrant from the Philippines but a significant participant during the 2020/21 season carry the flame forward. The gambling brands sponsoring shirts in the EPL this season are LaBa360, who sponsor Burnley, W88 donned by Crystal Palace, and ManBetX, the shirt sponsor for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fun88 sponsors Newcastle United, while Sportsbet.io is the principal shirt sponsor of Watford and Southampton. Betway remains with West Ham United, while Dafabet’s long-running deal with the newly-promoted Norwich City continues. Sleeve Sponsorships Aside from the shirtfronts, the English Premier League has since the 2017/18 season allowed teams to carry logos on the sleeves. While the sleeve is not a prime location, it has attracted several brands. In the 2020/21 season, 17 clubs donned logos on the sleeves. Of the 17, Aston Villa has a running deal with LT Game, a subsidiary of Macau’s Paradise Entertainment Limited. Burnley ditched LoveBet mid-season in 2020 in a deal worth £7.5 million a year, and it is clear the new deal with LaBa360 provides for shirtfronts only. The three remaining teams in the league without shirt sleeve sponsorship, Everton, Aston Villa, and Brentford, may attract new deals. Now, it is wait-and-see if they will bag gambling firms when the deals are sealed. Meanwhile, the shirt sleeve sponsorship, which is dominated by other segments of the economy, may soon attract even more casino sites.
  8. Sunday Jun 6: Hendo plays 45 minutes and misses a penalty in a 1-0 friendly win. He shrugged it off afterwards saying “I’ve missed more important ones than that” and all hell broke loose amongst the Union Jack nonce crowd. You can virtually guarantee that all of these tits who see “England” and “Englishness” as the most important thing in life have Union Jacks or a George’s Cross in their twitter handles. Hendo is a disgrace to his country apparently because he doesn’t see missing a penalty in a warm up game as being anything to lose sleep over. This is one of many reasons I’ll be rooting for Scotland in the Euros. The only people on earth who hate England fans as much as I do are the Scots. According the Mirror, Big Dunc has turned down the chance to go to Real Madrid with Carlo because he wants to manage Everton. In similar news, I’ve turned down the chance to play in this year’s British Open at Royal St George’s because I’ve joined the Beacon in Skem and want to focus on playing there. Monday Jun 7: So Gini’s reported wage with PSG is going to be around 250k a week. It’s easy to say “that’s why he left” but that doesn’t tell the whole story, as if PSG hadn’t come in at the 11th hour he was joining Barca for half that amount, so 125k a week. He was worth at least 150k a week to us as that’s what Hendo and Milner are/were on (I assume Milly took a pay cut when he signed his last deal). We don’t know what the club offered or what Gini was asking, but I don’t think whatever deal he’s signed with PSG gives us any indication of anything really. We’ll probably never know exactly why they couldn’t agree on terms, it just frustrates me that it came to this. Losing Emre Can on a free was one thing, this is another entirely. Meanwhile, Calvert-Lewin pledges his (very short term future) to the Blues. “I am happy at Everton. I worked hard to become number nine & score goals like I did recently. Personally, I have the ambition to one day play in the Champions League & win titles. But for now, I'm happy at Everton." He’s too good for them now. He should be playing for an Aston Villa or a Leeds. Not that he’d get in the Leeds team as they have my boy Bamford, but you get my point. Calvert-Lewin is too good for Everton but not yet good enough for the very top teams. He’d be good for Spurs if Kane were to leave but Kane isn’t leaving so it’s moot. Mind you, maybe City should be looking at him as Aguero’s replacement as most of his goals come in the six yard box and no-one creates more tap ins for forwards than City. Calvert-Lewin and Sterling would be falling over each other to get on the end of all those cut backs. And I’m sure Everton wouldn’t mind allowing him to join their pals and fight the good fight against us. Probably even give them mates rates on the fee. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  9. Two months ago I’d made up my mind I wasn’t going to watch a single minute of the Euros, other than maybe Scotland games. I just wanted the season over and then the plan was to forget about footy completely until August. Then the Reds went on a run, we finished the season well, fans were back in stadiums and suddenly… well, footy didn’t seem quite so bad. Plus I need you to keep subscribing over the summer and I have to give something back in return, so here we are with the round ups again. First off, and long time readers will be expecting this, the thing I’ve been looking forward to the most - the Italian National Anthem. Fucking sensational. After watching that before the opening game I toyed with the idea of switching off as that was definitely going to be the highlight of the whole tournament for me. Hopefully they go all the way to to the final. Not arsed if they win it or not but the more times we see that the better. I have to say the Turkish players belted out their anthem with just as much gusto but the tune was shit so it’s entirely forgettable. Makes me laugh whenever I see the Italy anthem trending on twitter and you get all these flag shaggers complaining that England players never show that kind of passion singing their anthem. Just a thought, but maybe them having to sing about God and Queen just doesn’t really stir the old passions in the way an Italian or French anthem does? Plus there’s the other issue that being English absolutely fucking sucks as the country is populated by morons who number sufficiently to ensure that it’s governed by cunts. It’s mainly just the song being shit though. You’ve got to have Stuart Pearce levels of Brexitness to be able to get passionate about that. Anyway, the opening game got under way when the ball was driven onto the field on a remote control car. What the fuck? I think I liked it though if I’m being honest. Looking at the team line up on the screen I didn’t even know half the players in the Italy team because I don’t watch Serie A and other than Juve, Italian teams have done fuck all in Europe for years. The first take I had from this game was that Chiellini thinks he’s Joel Matip with all those little forward forays. The second take I had was that Turkey aren’t going to score a goal in this tournament. Not with that big old statue up front. He’s the captain, he’s 35 and he kept getting caught offside all the time even though he wasn’t trying to run in behind. He was just stood offside every time the ball was played up to him and the one time he tried to run he was outpaced by Chiellini and threw himself to the floor looking for a pen. He looked like a Sunday League player but he’s just won the farmer’s league with Lille so he must have something, I guess. Italy looked good in the first half but struggled to break down Turkey’s blanket 11 man defence. Fuck me they were negative weren’t they? Turkey looked so scared I can only think someone must have told them Christmas was coming. The opening goal eventually came early in the second half when Berardi fired in a cross and it hit one of the Turkey defenders in the chest and bounced in. Immobile made it 2-0 with a rebound and the lively Insigne added a third. He was subbed immediately afterwards, which wasn’t a surprise as he’d ran his tiny little legs off. They should have sent that remote control car back on to give the little guy a well deserved ride off the field. I was pleasantly surprised by how good Italy were, especially as I knew so little about them beforehand. There are three players in their squad from Sassuolo, whoever the hell they are. I don’t know where Sassuolo is or if indeed it is even a place, or just a name like Lazio, Juventus or Sampdoria. Not sure if the inclusion of three of their players shows how strong or how weak that league is now. Used to be that their entire squad would be taken from the Milan clubs, Juve, Roma and Lazio and they were all household names. There are no stars in this team. Not one. Yet I’ve rarely seen them play as positively as this. This was the first time ever they’d scored more than two in a game at the Euros, which is an incredible stat really. They don’t look like Italy any more, either in playing style or visually. The Italian side lost a lot of its magic for me when they stopped having the best hair in these tournaments and the team started to look like extras from Gomorrah. Every one of the fuckers is covered in tattoos and they all have the same haircuts. If UEFA allowed it they’d be wearing bubble coats, smoking ciggies and riding onto the pitch on scooters too. They get a pass on all this though because… well, the anthem. I thought the atmosphere in the stadium was shite. Virtually no singing and the only noise came from Turks who were booing whenever Italy had the ball, which was pretty much all game as Turkey couldn’t put more than two passes together all night. It remains to be seen whether Turkey are this bad or if Italy were just really fucking good. I suspect a little of both. Italy played with a pace and intensity I don’t think I’ve ever seen from them before. Their pressing was great and even at 2-0 they didn’t sit back and kept looking for more goals. The only thing that stops me going all in on rooting for Italy to win it is Mancini. I’d forgotten how much I disliked him but seeing him preening on the touchline brought it all back. Pretentious wanker. Based on this though he’s completely transformed how Italy play, so I’ll praise him through gritted teeth. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Euro 2020 round ups are only available to website subscribers. 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  10. Monday May 31: Aguero “We all know that Barcelona are the best club in the world. I think I made a great decision to be here and of course it is a step forward in my career.” The disrespect there. Fucking hell. There’s not too much wrong with what he said, but his seat in the Man City dressing room isn’t even cold yet and he’s shitting on them like that. Reminds me a little of when Owen joined United and was giving it the “I always wanted to play here for Sir Alex” even though it was an absolute lie and he turned them down several times when he was a kid. It was a complete lack of regard for our feelings though, and I expect City fans feel slighted by this. Although maybe not as the only thing those sad cunts have shown any kind of passion about in years was that bottle of ale that hit their bus. Aguero is their greatest ever player, they’ve paid him a fucking boatload of cash (most of it off the books) and he could have asked to leave for Barca at any point. He didn’t though, he only signed for ‘the best club in the world’ when City decided they didn’t want to pay him any more. Little fucking prick. Fuck him, fuck City and fuck Barcelona. Meanwhile, bit demoralising that I’m reading talk of how VAR can be improved. No. Just no. Never mind trying to improve it, just FUCKING GET RID. Trying to improve it. Fucking hell. You don’t try and fix a car while it’s on the motorway. All these VAR issues should have been sorted before it was ever implemented. We’ve had two years of this shit and the second year was massively WORSE than the first. Everyone hates it. Managers, players, fans. You literally do not hear any manager or player saying they like it, but lots have said they can’t stand it, so why is this still a thing? I’ll tell you why, because managers, players and fans do fuck all except moan about it. Instead of that, we should all be joining forces to get this shit scrapped. It isn’t on the fans to do it though, this is something players and managers should lead the way with. If they all went on strike until VAR was fucked off, the fans would be behind it and the authorities would shit themselves and bin it in a heartbeat, because what choice would they have? It won’t happen though, we’ll just have the likes of Dean Smith, Nuno Holy Spirit (if he takes another job), Kloppo, Milner, Moyes, Dyche and others making great points about how shit it is and how they’d rather not have it, and fuck all will change. They’re killing footy with this shit. I renewed my season ticket last week but my Dad has called it quits. There are a few reasons for it but the first thing he’ll say is VAR and how it just isn’t the same anymore. He’s watched footy his whole life and has been going to Anfield since the late 50s. He’s seen all sorts of changes to the game and although he didn’t like a lot of them he rolled with it and it didn’t ruin his enjoyment. Until VAR. He reckons footy is shit now, almost unwatchable, and I agree with him. I’d bring back the death penalty for the cunts that inflicted this on us. This is just a teaser, click to view full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  11. Saturday May 22: Wow, as far as tributes go this one is pretty spectacular by Klopp. “Gini Wijnaldum. An LFC legend now and forever. What this person – this wonderful, joyful, selfless person – has done for our team and club I cannot sum up in words in truth because my English is not good enough. “He is an architect of our success. We have built this Liverpool on his legs, lungs, brain and his huge, beautiful heart. “If – and it is still is if – he goes, he does so knowing we as his teammates are eternally grateful for having this special human being come into our lives. I love him and he will always be family.” I’m intrigued by the ‘and it is still if’ part though. Why add that if it is definite that he’s leaving? I feel a bit like Lloyd Christmas here, but is he telling us there’s still a chance? Meanwhile, “Hamez” has taken the last couple of Everton games off due to ‘fatigue’ and posted this picture on his instagram, causing something of a fume with our neighbours. The irony in this is off the fucking scale. They signed him due to his social media clout, they bragged about him having more instagram followers than LFC, they embraced all these new fans from Colombia, and now they’re crying about the ‘content’ he’s putting out. It’s that content that got him all those followers, so you live by the smartphone you die by the smartphone. Losers. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  12. Report by Dave Usher Well that was an unexpected bonus. I expected us to get nothing from this game but this was a big boy performance. Full of quality character and - for once - goals. It started horribly, which was exactly what I expected. With all the crap in the build up, talk of the team coach being held up and tyres let down (turns out it was a decoy coach and the real one entered the stadium with no problems!), I just had visions of falling behind inside the first ten minutes and never recovering from it. So what we saw early on was entirely what I was fearing. We’d started quite brightly with the ball but United were finding too much space when they had it. Still, I was thinking we were doing well until Alisson’s latest brain fart. I’m getting so fucking sick of him just passing the ball to the opposition when he’s under no pressure. It’s needless and it’s something he should be able to easily cut out, yet he’s doing it all the fucking time. He got away with it big time in the last game and he got away with again here because Cavani didn’t hit the target after Alisson passed it straight to him in the middle of the goal. There’s just no need. It isn’t about ability, it’s entirely about being sloppy as fuck. Just concentrate for fucks sake, because we can’t afford any mistakes like that right now. Anyway, we got away with it but it seemed to unsettle us and gave United encouragement. We were ragged without the ball, which Klopp later explained was due to United’s tactics of doubling up in wide areas and outnumbering us. He said once we solved that we were fine. Can’t argue with that, because after that opening 15-20 minutes we were by far the better side and dominated most of the game. Unfortunately by the time we solved the problem we were already a goal down. It was an own goal by Phillips but mercifully for him it goes down as a Fernandez goal. To be honest, I’d rather it was credited to Nat, if only to take a goal away from that rat faced, screaming little fucking worm. This is just a teaser, click here to view full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  13. Report by Dave Usher So third then eh? It’s quite remarkable given where we were in March. The first third of the season was great, the final third was too, but that middle third almost killed us. To be able to recover from that deserves a lot of credit. Jurgen and the players stuck together and turned it around. I’m not sure how, but then I’m not sure how it got quite so bad in the first place. It was just a weird fucking season and not just for us either. Even the shit teams had a wild, unexplainable ride. Everton losing nine games at Goodison while looking a pretty good side on their travels (last day humiliation at City notwithstanding) is hard to explain. Burnley not being able to buy a win at home but picking up enough points on the road to survive comfortably is equally weird. United being virtually invincible away from home. Just a fucked up season. 99% of the shit that happened has to be due to fans being absent so hopefully we’ll see things get back to something close to normality next season. That third place finish will boil a lot of piss as we were the butt of a lot of jokes for a long time this season. Not so funny now though, eh? Chelsea and Leicester both went the full Jean Van Der Velde and our lads held their nerve to take advantage. If there is any image to sum up this season it’s Phillips and Williams, both bloodied and battered, celebrating at full time in front of the Kop. I fucking love that photo and I love both of those lads. Regardless of what happens in the future, what those two did deserves the gratitude and admiration of every Red. Imagine back in August if you’d been told that we’d play the last ten games of the season with those two and Ozan Kabak rotating at centre back and that we’d win eight and draw two (the two we drew were when Nat was injured). I think Fabinho played a couple of those games too, but you get the point. This is the maddest season in history for so many reasons. We just kept getting punched in the fucking face. There was a period where the lads stopped fighting back and it looked like they were beaten (the meek as fuck derby loss at Anfield was the point when I really started to become pissed off with them), but they got off the canvas at the nine count and then came fucking roaring back. Winning eight of the last ten despite the injury list we had (wasn’t just the centre backs) was commendable and, although I hesitate to say this, I think we have to say this season was a successful one in the end based on where we were a couple of months ago. Success is subjective and it doesn’t always require silverware. Context is king, and given everything we endured this year I think it’s fair to say that retaining the title was an impossible task. So finishing third, in this context, is a form of success. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  14. So that’s it for another year then. Is it me or has final day been shite for years now? There doesn’t seem to be much drama at either end of the table. Even the other year when the title race went down to the last day everyone knew that City would beat Brighton so there was never the possibility of any real drama, and the relegation spots seem to be getting decided earlier each year too. This was shite really. The only thing of any consequence up for grabs were third and fourth. That was interesting and had some drama due to Leicester and Chelsea both failing to to take care of business, unlike the Mighty Reds (yeah we’re mighty again now). I expected that I’d feel sorry for Leicester if they missed out, but I actually don’t. They were given two penalties against Spurs, had the lead twice, and still somehow managed to lose to a team with nothing to play for. They completely bottled it but it’s probably not a bad thing for them really. They won the FA Cup so it’s been a memorable season for them and let’s be honest here, Brendan is abysmal in Europe so the Champions League was probably biting off more than they could chew. Maybe the Europa League will be better for them, and I don’t mean that in a condescending way either. They could actually win that if Brendan doesn’t get in his own way. You can argue that Leicester deserved top four but the season is 38 games and they finished where they finished. Had they beaten Spurs they'd have been in, but they didn't. Maybe they deserved it ahead of Chelsea who ended the season with Jorginho as their top scorer on seven goals (all pens). That’s fucking scandalous given how much they’ve spent on forwards, but let's not forget that they had to overcome being managed by Lampard for over half a season so overall they’ve done well. We overcame all kinds of shit too so I don’t think anyone can dispute our right to be in there. It does seem a bit sly on Leicester that they’ve spent virtually the whole of the last two seasons in the top four and then dropped out on the final day both times, but the season lasts for 38 games, not 37, and they didn't learn the lesson from last year. Their game with Spurs was pretty wild. They led through a Vardy pen after he’d been tripped by Alderweireld. Somehow Anthony Taylor failed to spot that and needed VAR to correct him. He’s going to the Euros though. Our best ref, apparently. Jeez. Vardy scored the pen and Leicester were briefly third. That changed when we took the lead in our game. Then Kane scored his customary goal which won him the Golden Boot and things got complicated. Leicester were fifth but Chelsea were losing at Villa courtesy of a fluke by Traore, which kicked the ball onto his standing foot and it lopped into the top corner. We were in great shape but Leicester and Chelsea’s fates were in the balance. Leicester were given a second penalty, and this one was a fucking joke. Blatant dive by Vardy yet this time Taylor gave it and VAR backed him up. So yeah, that baldy manc fuck got both penalty decisions wrong. Vardy converted again and Leicester were back up to fourth. There was more penalty drama, this time at Villa Park when Traore was clipped by Jorginho and El Ghazi made it 2-0. Chelsea were in big trouble now but Chilwell’s goal put them back up to fourth on goal difference. Leicester needed a goal but ended up conceding one instead when Schmeichel punched into his own net. It was a brutal day for him as he’d earlier let Kane’s volley go through his legs, but that second goal gets disallowed more often than not as he was definitely impeded. It got worse for Leicester when they got done on the break and Kane set up Bale to make it 3-2. Again, that usually gets disallowed as the ball bounced up and hit Kane’s hand. Not deliberate, completely unavoidable and I don’t want to see goals disallowed for that, but isn’t that the rule? If the ball hits the hand of the goalscorer or the player who plays the final pass to the goalscorer, it doesn’t count. So I’m not sure how this was allowed, but given the two penalties they were awarded Leicester don’t have too much grounds for complaint. Bale rubbed further salt in the wounds deep into stoppage time as Spurs secured their spot in the Europa Conference for next season. Better them than us, that’s all I can say. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  15. Well, wouldn't it be handy to have a crystal ball to predict the future? The joy and indeed agony for football bettors continue. Who would have believed at the start of the football season Liverpool would find themselves in so much trouble this year? Runaway champions last year, far superior in every department to all other teams, battling to even get in the top four this season. They were very much heavy favourites at the bookmakers to retain their title and in truth, it was hard to look past them. Another era of dominance similar to the ‘80s looked extremely likely. Yet, close to the end of the season, they find themselves in danger of missing out on qualification for the Champions League. This has absolutely baffled their die-hard supporters and left other clubs gleefully taking their place at the top of the table. Let's take a look at a few reasons why they went from favourite to loser so quickly. Injuries to players This is a big one, probably the main reason why Liverpool struggled to maintain the absolutely stellar efforts of last season. Their star defender, Virgil van Dijk, who tightened up their backline in their pursuit of glory ruptured his cruciate ligament in October against Everton and has been out since. His defensive partner Joe Gomez got injured while playing for England thus denying Liverpool the opportunity to select their first choice central defensive pairing. These two injuries, in particular, caused major damage to Liverpool as it resulted in many changes to the backline. Inexperienced players were given the chance to play which didn't work so well. Players were chosen to play out of position in order to solve this problem, however, this only tended to weaken the areas they normally played in, such as midfield. To make matters worse, Joel Matip, their main experienced backup defender, was ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. Their new striker, Diogo Jota, signed from Wolves as extra backup and indeed competition for Liverpool's famed strike force got injured in a Champions League game which had no significance as Liverpool had already qualified. The players poor form Unusually, a lot of Liverpool's reliable and productive players have just not performed consistently this season. Their three-pronged attack force of Salah, Mane, and Firmino have just not been able to repeat their devastating prowess in front of the goal this season. A lack of goals, coupled with a makeshift defense, has led to some surprising results this season. Bettors using online casino sites like kazino igre have been scratching their heads as Liverpool have made hard work of games that seem so easy on paper. Their goalkeeper Allison, unusually, made quite a few poor mistakes this season, costing valuable points. The Lack of Fans All clubs could point to the continuing lack of fans due to Covid-19 restrictions to explain strange results. However, Liverpool has had a very special relationship throughout the years with their fans. The atmosphere at their home games played at Anfield stadium is usually electric, filled with people cheering and singing, waving flags and banners. It has spurred them on to many great performances and victories. However, this year they suffered far too many defeats at so-called fortress Anfield, costing them far too many points. Involvement in other competitions Despite sweeping teams aside in the Premier League last year, Liverpool did not have much success in the other cup competitions. That trend continued this year with season curtain-raising Community Shield being surprisingly lost, albeit on penalties to Arsenal. Not long after, they were knocked out of the EFL Cup, also by Arsenal, and again on penalties. These losses were a huge blow to a team that was seen as invincible and pretty much favorites at each online casino site for every game or competition they were in. However, worse was to come as they were knocked out of the F.A. Cup by their most famous rivals, Manchester Utd, in a thrilling game of football at Old Trafford. This completely shattered their confidence and while it did not trigger an immediate downturn in performance and results, this came about not too long after. This poor run of form could cost them dearly as they chase fourth place. The Improvement of Other Teams There are a number of teams who have benefited as Liverpool have fallen away and went into a semi-decline. This is not to say that these teams would not have been surging up the table anyway as standards have improved. There was not much activity in the transfer window, apart from Chelsea, due to Covid-19 and football clubs’ finances being stretched to the limit. Chelsea, who started very well, also fell away before parting ways with their manager, Frank Lampard. His replacement Thomas Tuchel seems to have the Blues back on track. Leicester continue their assault on the top four playing attacking football under Brendan Rodgers. Even West Ham and Everton are getting in on the act, constantly in or around the top four. Everyone is eager to take Liverpool's place as they stumble towards the end of the season. The top two spots are occupied by the Manchester clubs, City and Utd. With Man City taking full advantage of Liverpool's slips to relentlessly march towards another trophy. Manchester Utd has seen dramatic improvement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it looks like they will seal second place. All of this has proved very disheartening for Liverpool fans and bettors alike as they expected another easy romp to the title. Summary As the season comes near to a conclusion, football fans and bettors alike are bemused by the situation Liverpool find themselves in.Injuries hit hard in a variety of positions to seriously harm the club’s chances of consecutive titles. Players who seemed unstoppable last year seemed a shadow of their former selves. The uninspiring task of playing in an empty stadium didn't do much to help matters. The lack of progress in other competitions dented the fear factor that had developed around other teams playing Liverpool. Certain teams have taken advantage of their poor season and cemented their own claims on the title or indeed Champions League spots. Fans of the club will be hoping they finish the season strongly and come back next season ready to fight for the title they surrendered so meekly.
  16. The penultimate round up of the season and it was another good week for us. Heroics from Alisson at the weekend to beat the Baggies and then a more routine three points at Turf Moor saw us ramp up the pressure on Chelsea and - especially Leicester - and we now go into the final fixture in fourth spot, with the potential to move up or down one. I’m sure you’ve all seen that incredible stat about Leicester being in the top four for something like 68 out of the last 70 weeks or something mad, yet they’re staring down the barrel of another fifth place finish. It’s staggering, but if that happens at least they’ve got the FA Cup to console themselves with. That wouldn’t be much consolation to any of the ‘big six’ but Leicester had never won it before so it actually meant something to them. It was quite refreshing to see actually, and not just because Chelsea were on the receiving end. I didn’t watch any of it live but I saw the scenes of celebrations on the news and it was a little weird with there being a crowd there. Normally I’m not happy for anyone else as I tend to hate everyone, and had it been Villa, Newcastle or Everton fans enjoying themselves at Wembley I’d have felt differently, but I was actually quite pleased for Brendan and Leicester. I also knew that they were almost certainly going to lose the league game with Chelsea a few nights later, because that’s how it always goes. It’s weird how often the teams that meet in the cup final seem to have to face each other either immediately before or after it in the league. I might be totally wrong there and I can’t be arsed checking, but that’s how it feels. Same as when two English clubs meet in Europe it always seems to be right around the same time of a league meeting between them. Whoever won the final was going to lose the league game because it’s hard to play with the same motivation so soon after, against the same opponent who are now looking for revenge. Remember when we absolutely fucking battered Chelsea a few days after they beat us at Wembley? Carroll and Shelvey running wild. I think a young Hendo scored a beauty that night too. So yeah, Leicester were always losing at Stamford Bridge and it should have been by a bigger margin than 2-1. It was an eventful game though with lots of talking points. Firstly there was a bizarre decision by Mike Dean when Werner got in front of Tielemans and the Leicester man just booted the back of his leg. Blatant pen but he gave the free-kick AGAINST Werner. In fairness it was a split second incident and I don’t blame Dean for not seeing it clearly on first view, but what the fuck is VAR doing there? Incredible. It’s not like VAR wasn’t getting involved in everything else. Werner had one ruled out for offside and then another for handball. Why was he even celebrating that? He knew he missed it with his head and that the ball went in off his arm, but he gave it the full beans anyway. That goal was NEVER going to stand and he must have known. He’s not too bright though is he? I mean he spends more time offside than Jack Grealish does breaking lockdown. Rudiger put Chelsea in front and then VAR overturned an error by Dean to give Chelsea a penalty rather than a free-kick. Jorginho rolled in the penalty and at this point it looked like Leicester were going to get thumped, which would have been a good outcome for us given the potential goal difference ramifications. Sadly that never happened because that Iheancho cunt pulled one back. The chance he buried was remarkably like the one he deliberately fluffed against City in that “Vincent Kompany game” that effectively cost us the title. Fuck that game throwing twat. It all kicked off late on when Ricardo went in hard on Chilwell and it sparked mass handbags. Leicester’s players were probably not thrilled abut Chilwell’s celebrations when he thought he’d equalised at Wembley. Both teams have been charged over that incident and personally I thought it was disgraceful and worthy of points deductions. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  17. Monday May 17: According to the Athletic, Trent won’t be going to the Euros and what he’s done in the last couple of games is “too little too late”. If he doesn’t go he should just tell England to fuck off altogether as frankly it would be the most ridiculous non-selection in the history of English football. Too little too late implies he’s been shite all season and has pulled a Gareth Bale and turned it on in the last few weeks. He’s been our best player in 2021, it’s just that in the last month he’s really hit form and is now back to his very best. Alongside Kane, he’s England’s most talented and accomplished player by a fucking mile. If Southgate wants to pick Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James (who I like) ahead of him then while I feel bad for Trent, it’s fucking hilarious as the incompetence would be staggering. I don’t think it will happen though. Southgate is a fucking wet lettuce, he doesn’t have the balls to make a decision that controversial. In other news, I was just thinking, remember when Everton fans flooded the charts with old cup final songs earlier in the season because they won four games #wedontknowthemeaningoflosing Tuesday May 18: Ancelotti is asked how to fix Everton’s home form and says “I’m not a magician I am only a trainer”. Hmmm, not sure about that as ‘Carlo Fantastico’ defo sounds more like a magician’s name to me. Like the Great Raymondo, last seen leaving Raquel’s flat to retrieve a suitcase thrown out of a window by Del Boy in the Jolly’s Boys Outing. Greatest episode of a comedy show ever that one. When Del realises there’ nothing going on between Raquel and the Great Raymondo and he goes all posh and says “Oh dear, I seem to have thrown your suitcase out of the window”. Kills me every time that. Anyway, no idea how I ended up on the Jolly Boys Outing but I make no apologies for going off on that tangent. Klopp says Jota has a tiny chance of playing at the weekend. The bench is the best he could hope for and maybe Hendo might be on there too. He's close apparently. Can't believe how long he's been out when they initially said he had a chance of being back for the second Madrid game. Has Klopp ever been truthful about an injury? This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  18. Report by Dave Usher Almost there now and this one was refreshingly stress free for the most part. The West Brom game had been torturous but this was ok really. At least the second half was. That goal just before half time was massive as prior to that the first half had been a familiar tale of missed chances and frustration. Going ahead just before the break is always a nice bonus, but especially so when the pressure is on. Even before the goal I wasn’t especially unhappy with how the half went though. Maybe I’m in a minority there but I thought we were doing ok. Defensively we had some wobbles and we gave up a couple of good opportunities with basic balls over the top, so that was a concern and some of our passing left a lot to be desired. So while I didn’t think we were playing great, we had some big, big chances that we fluffed so there was goals in this for us if we stopped being shit. Had we converted a couple of those great chances then would people (specifically Sky) really have been talking about how poor we’d been? I don’t think so, because we weren't bad at all. Goals change the narrative though and too often this season our finishing has been so risible that it’s made the performances seem worse than they probably were. It’s not so bad when it’s the keeper having a worldie, but most of the time we just don’t even hit the target and that was our problem again. It started early too. Mo had a shot blocked by Ben Mee after Robbo sent him clear, but looking at the replay I think that shot was headed nearer the corner flag than the goal. Tarkowski did later the same with Sadio although I think that one may have been on target. The Burnley defenders are great at that, as we've seen to our cost at Anfield a couple of times. Of course they also had Nick fucking Pope having the games of his career behind them, which also helps. Thankfully he wasn't there to fuck our shit up this time. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  19. The outcome of the match between Liverpool and West Bromwich in the 36th round of the English Premier League turned out to be phenomenal. Liverpool needed to win to keep its chances of participating in the Champions League next season. But the stubborn “Baggies” who had already lost their chance to join the EPL did not give up. When the four minutes added by the referee expired, the score was - 1:1. But in the 95th minute, the referee awarded Liverpool a corner kick. The Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson came running upfield into West Bromwich’s penalty area and, heading the ball into the opponents’ goal, brought the Merseysiders a victory. Incredible! After this meeting, Jurgen Klopp’s team moved to 63 points and took 5th place in the Premier League table. It seems that even Jurgen Klopp did not believe that this happened. The excitement was equal to a big win at the best online casinos. Immediately after the match, Alisson announced that he dedicated the goal to his father, who at the end of February - drowned tragically in Brazil. Here is what he said: “I have played with my father for as long as I can remember. I hope he saw my goal from heaven. Sometimes you get angry when something goes wrong. I am very happy to help the team to qualify for the Champions League.” The Way of Alisson Becker to Liverpool The 28-year-old Brazilian became the first goalkeeper in Liverpool history to score a goal in an official match. Alisson also became the sixth goalkeeper who managed to score in Premier League matches and he became the first in the history of the English Championship who could do it with his head. Alisson is a Brazilian footballer of German origin, the goalkeeper for Liverpool FC, and the Brazilian national team. As a graduate of the Brazilian club International, he made his debut for the first team in 2013. Three years later, in 2016, he was transferred to Roma for 8 million EUR. After two years in Rome, Alisson became one of the most promising goalkeepers in the world. At the beginning of 2018, Spanish Barcelona, French Paris Saint-Germain, and English Liverpool demonstrated interest in the goalkeeper. In 2018, Liverpool announced the transfer of the goalkeeper, for which they paid 72.5 million EUR, making Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper in history. The record lasted only a month, until Kepa Arrizabalaga was transferred to Chelsea for 71.6 million pounds. On 12 August, against West Ham, he made his debut in the English Premier League. In Conclusion This season, Alisson played 40 matches for the club and conceded 41 goals. If the Reds secure a top four finish this will quickly be forgotten. It's the one he scored at the other end that will live long in the memory.
  20. Report by Dave Usher So how the hell do you go about summing that up? I’ve never seen anything like it. None of us have, because it’s never happened before. I'm still stunned even now just thinking about it. Probably the closest thing would be Divock’s Anfield derby winner, which compares in terms of the drama and the freak nature of the goal, but a goalkeeper scoring is just so unique. It’s literally a once in a lifetime thing that we’ll always remember. It got us out of jail because we’d completely blown this game. The top four had all but gone and all the great vibes from Thursday night had been thrown away because we’d toiled so badly against a fucking dreadful team that had already been relegated and had nothing to play for. Managed by Sam fucking Allardyce. This match report was all set to be a scathing assessment on why these lads don’t deserve to be playing in the Champions League next season. And then THAT happened. Football eh? Bloody hell. Lucky? Of course it was. It was a totally freak occurrence, the likes of which I doubt we’ll ever see again. Undeserved? Well that’s a much more complex discussion. Where we the better team? Yes. Did we do enough to ‘deserve’ the win? Yes and no. Put it this way, if Trent or Gini had hit the target and scored with the chances they had late on, would anyone (other than Jabba the Hutt) be saying we didn’t deserve it? I doubt it. Conversely, neither Trent nor Gini could even hit the target with those chances so on the basis that our finishing was so shite once again, if we hadn’t come away with the points we wouldn’t have had anyone to blame but ourselves and we’d have deserved what we got. I don’t really care wether we deserved to win or not at this point. I just want to win because we can’t afford not to. Besides, we’ve had plenty of things go against us this season that were completely undeserved so this goes some small way towards redressing the balance. As I reflect on this a day later, I’m conflicted. I’m ecstatic about how it ended and I couldn’t be happier for Alisson. I’m also concerned and pissed off that it came down to us needing him to do that. Against fucking West Brom. To go to Old Trafford and do what we did but then follow it up with this is troubling to me and doesn’t fill me with confidence for the final two games, because Burnley and Palace are both miles better than West Brom. What went wrong here? It’s difficult to say exactly because individually there were some really good performances. Trent was amazing again (shooting aside), Mo looked sharp and Thiago was completely dominant. We weren’t clinical enough of had some issues in the middle of the defence though, there’s no getting away from that. I’m not blaming either of the lads back there as quite frankly it’s astonishing to me that this kind of thing hasn’t happened more regularly. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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    Opposition View: Burnley

    Wednesday evening sees Liverpool play their penultimate game of the 2020/21 season. It has been a campaign that has considerably challenged every member of the playing squad, management and fans alike. While there have been plenty of tough moments and no silverware to add to the cabinet, the fact is the Reds still have a great opportunity to secure one of their key objectives and that is a top four finish. To do that, they have to pick up the three points against Burnley at Turf Moor. The Clarets may be in the second half of the table, but they take great pride in giving Liverpool one hell of a battle whenever they meet. Led by their no-nonsense manager in Sean Dyche, Burnley arguably produced the upset of the season in January when they ended the 68- game unbeaten run at Anfield through an Ashley Barnes penalty. @mattmossphere from @NoNayNever gives us his insight into their performances this year and after establishing themselves in the top flight, whether they can go to another level. Congratulations for confirming your Premier League status for another season. It has been a season of incredibly unique circumstances for all clubs, so how have you seen your campaign as a whole? We’ve truly had the full spectrum of emotions this season. Losing to teams who, with all due respect, we would expect to be taking points off because of low energy performances, brief defensive collapses or strikers who couldn’t buy a goal at times has been balanced by massive wins at Arsenal, Liverpool & Everton and magnificent team displays at Palace, Wolves & last week at Fulham to secure safety. Throw into that a takeover saga that ran on from the start of the season until the new year coupled with one of our worst spells of injuries and we’ve all missed being able to dissect all this in person on the terraces each week. After five consecutive seasons in the Premier League, do you think there is another level that Burnley can reach, (eg a team that consistently finishes in the 9th -12th bracket). Additionally, do you feel Sean Dyche will have a belief to evolve the team in a footballing sense or will he stick to his tried and tested formula? We’ve demonstrated that we are capable of top half finishes when things align to help us achieve that. 2017 saw us finish 7th with games to spare and last season we were one of the form teams during project restart on our way to finishing 10th. But everything has to fall into place. It’s no coincidence that our lower finishes and relegation battles have come when we’ve had a reduced or disrupted pre-season, injuries to key personnel or a lack of funding from the board to help Dyche strengthen his squad. Our style is evolving, you just have to look at some of the goals & chances we’ve created this season to see that the ‘long-ball’ tag is a lazy stereotype based on a few poor performances when, admittedly, creativity has dried up. Dyche always says you play however you have to in order to try and win. With all due respect, no-one will remember what style Fulham, West Brom or Sheff Utd used this season; just the fact that it didn’t work. Burnley’s priorities are always to survive first and then grow and develop second. Do you ever see a day where Dyche leaves Burnley for a new challenge? The rumour mill grinds out story after story about Dyche being linked with all sorts of Premier League jobs, but there are reasons why he is still here, eight & a half years on. For me, the primary one is that he is a sensible and low-risk person both on & off the pitch. He can see fellow managers getting sacked at the drop of a hat. He was a victim of it himself at Watford before he joined us. He’ll look at the teams in the league that would realistically come in for him and will ask himself, ‘Can I do any better with that squad than I am doing with this Burnley team?’ Finishing in the top half twice in three seasons would suggest that it is maybe not worth the risk. New owners coming in has probably bought us more time with Dyche in charge as it looked last summer like his relationship with the previous chairman had reached breaking point. When he does go, I’m sure he will do it respectfully and make sure the club that he has built so much of is left in a strong position. One player who has caught the eye whenever I have seen Burnley play is Dwight McNeil. How have you seen his season to date and is he someone who you think will commit his future to the club? There has been a lot of pressure on his young shoulders for over a year now to be our main creative outlet and there were moments early on in the season when he looked exhausted. A timely minor injury gave him a mid-season break and the chance to reset and he came back better for it and rightly went to the U21 Euros over Easter. Holding on to him will be a mammoth task but he seems quite a grounded person who, having already been released by Man Utd as a teenager, may be more cautious about jumping at a big offer too soon in his career that may see the amount of first team football he gets decline. Can you talk about the importance of Ben Mee and Chris Wood to your overall progress over the years? From an outsider’s view, they seem to be influential figures that keep the squad ticking along. Ben Mee is one of only a couple of players who pre-date Dyche at the club and his loyalty, commitment & work ethic in his time here have been fine examples for those joining the squad to look up to and respect. It was no coincidence that his return from injury in our 7th game of the season saw our form turn around and the team start to pick up wins and much needed points. His calmness and leadership on and off the pitch is something we Clarets fans are immensely proud of and we can see him playing out the rest of his career with us. Chris Wood is rapidly looking like an absolute bargain as he has more than repaid the £15m we paid for him in 2017 with 4 seasons of 10+ goals in the Premier League, something only achieved by 6 other players. He had a barren spell earlier in the season, but we all knew that once he found the net again, he’d be back in form and 8 goals in 8 games has shown how vital he is to our survival. Again, he is someone who is calm and looks settled and happy at the club and will continue to lead our front line for the foreseeable future. Wednesday shapes up as being a special evening for Football fans as they can attend games again. As a community minded club, how close is the bond between the players and fans? In pre-Covid times the players gave up many hours of their time to visit and take part in all kinds of community projects and events. They never shy away from photos and autographs when arriving or leaving a ground and will take turns to do in-store appearances for hours at an end. I’m sure they will have missed having the fans in Turf Moor just as much as the fans have missed being there. Our home form has suffered this season, we are currently on a 9-game winless run, at a place that has always been difficult for teams to come to (Pep has referred to coming to Burnley as like going to the dentist) and the sooner we can help the squad recreate the Turf Moor fortress, the better. Over the last few years Burnley have proven to be a difficult challenge for Liverpool to overcome with some interesting talking points on and off the pitch. What do you believe are the key reasons in how you seem able to subdue the 2019/20 League champions? It always seems to be the case when we play the ‘big 6’ teams, that if we sit back, let them play their way and show too much respect, then they walk all over us. If we choose to disrupt their play, get in their faces and show very little respect, all might I add within the rules of the game – Burnley have one of the best records for red & yellow cards - then it seems to level the playing field and give us a chance of taking an opportunity when it presents itself and causing an upset. We’ve seen this play out in both of our last visits to Anfield, both of this season’s matches against Arsenal and last season’s trip to Old Trafford. In the last two games, Liverpool have arguably had their two most important wins for the season. Who do you feel is the player you need to contain the most to help get you a result? It is always hard to look past your front 3, however difficult they’ve found things this year. Salah is still up there for the Golden Boot and hitting us on the break when we don’t have our shape and two banks of 4 behind the ball will be Liverpool’s best chance of securing a win. On top of that, some quality delivery from TAA & Robertson could also unpick our defence, particularly as we are likely to be without Pope in goal. Have you got a score prediction for this fixture? The reality of this fixture is that Burnley are safe and have a reputation for letting the intensity of their performances drop in the final games of a season, whilst Liverpool know that 6 points will see them qualify for the UCL which will be crucial to any summer business Klopp wants to do. The only unknown quantity is that there will be 3500 Clarets fans on the Turf for the first time in 15 months and they will be wanting to make it sound like a full house and show their team how much they missed supporting them in person and thank them for managing to get over the line in this difficult season. This may prove to be the 12th man that Burnley need to cause an upset, however I think Liverpool will be too strong and we could see another tight game, with the Reds sealing the win late on. I’ll say 3-1 to Liverpool. View full article
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    Opposition View: Burnley

    Wednesday evening sees Liverpool play their penultimate game of the 2020/21 season. It has been a campaign that has considerably challenged every member of the playing squad, management and fans alike. While there have been plenty of tough moments and no silverware to add to the cabinet, the fact is the Reds still have a great opportunity to secure one of their key objectives and that is a top four finish. To do that, they have to pick up the three points against Burnley at Turf Moor. The Clarets may be in the second half of the table, but they take great pride in giving Liverpool one hell of a battle whenever they meet. Led by their no-nonsense manager in Sean Dyche, Burnley arguably produced the upset of the season in January when they ended the 68- game unbeaten run at Anfield through an Ashley Barnes penalty. @mattmossphere from @NoNayNever gives us his insight into their performances this year and after establishing themselves in the top flight, whether they can go to another level. Congratulations for confirming your Premier League status for another season. It has been a season of incredibly unique circumstances for all clubs, so how have you seen your campaign as a whole? We’ve truly had the full spectrum of emotions this season. Losing to teams who, with all due respect, we would expect to be taking points off because of low energy performances, brief defensive collapses or strikers who couldn’t buy a goal at times has been balanced by massive wins at Arsenal, Liverpool & Everton and magnificent team displays at Palace, Wolves & last week at Fulham to secure safety. Throw into that a takeover saga that ran on from the start of the season until the new year coupled with one of our worst spells of injuries and we’ve all missed being able to dissect all this in person on the terraces each week. After five consecutive seasons in the Premier League, do you think there is another level that Burnley can reach, (eg a team that consistently finishes in the 9th -12th bracket). Additionally, do you feel Sean Dyche will have a belief to evolve the team in a footballing sense or will he stick to his tried and tested formula? We’ve demonstrated that we are capable of top half finishes when things align to help us achieve that. 2017 saw us finish 7th with games to spare and last season we were one of the form teams during project restart on our way to finishing 10th. But everything has to fall into place. It’s no coincidence that our lower finishes and relegation battles have come when we’ve had a reduced or disrupted pre-season, injuries to key personnel or a lack of funding from the board to help Dyche strengthen his squad. Our style is evolving, you just have to look at some of the goals & chances we’ve created this season to see that the ‘long-ball’ tag is a lazy stereotype based on a few poor performances when, admittedly, creativity has dried up. Dyche always says you play however you have to in order to try and win. With all due respect, no-one will remember what style Fulham, West Brom or Sheff Utd used this season; just the fact that it didn’t work. Burnley’s priorities are always to survive first and then grow and develop second. Do you ever see a day where Dyche leaves Burnley for a new challenge? The rumour mill grinds out story after story about Dyche being linked with all sorts of Premier League jobs, but there are reasons why he is still here, eight & a half years on. For me, the primary one is that he is a sensible and low-risk person both on & off the pitch. He can see fellow managers getting sacked at the drop of a hat. He was a victim of it himself at Watford before he joined us. He’ll look at the teams in the league that would realistically come in for him and will ask himself, ‘Can I do any better with that squad than I am doing with this Burnley team?’ Finishing in the top half twice in three seasons would suggest that it is maybe not worth the risk. New owners coming in has probably bought us more time with Dyche in charge as it looked last summer like his relationship with the previous chairman had reached breaking point. When he does go, I’m sure he will do it respectfully and make sure the club that he has built so much of is left in a strong position. One player who has caught the eye whenever I have seen Burnley play is Dwight McNeil. How have you seen his season to date and is he someone who you think will commit his future to the club? There has been a lot of pressure on his young shoulders for over a year now to be our main creative outlet and there were moments early on in the season when he looked exhausted. A timely minor injury gave him a mid-season break and the chance to reset and he came back better for it and rightly went to the U21 Euros over Easter. Holding on to him will be a mammoth task but he seems quite a grounded person who, having already been released by Man Utd as a teenager, may be more cautious about jumping at a big offer too soon in his career that may see the amount of first team football he gets decline. Can you talk about the importance of Ben Mee and Chris Wood to your overall progress over the years? From an outsider’s view, they seem to be influential figures that keep the squad ticking along. Ben Mee is one of only a couple of players who pre-date Dyche at the club and his loyalty, commitment & work ethic in his time here have been fine examples for those joining the squad to look up to and respect. It was no coincidence that his return from injury in our 7th game of the season saw our form turn around and the team start to pick up wins and much needed points. His calmness and leadership on and off the pitch is something we Clarets fans are immensely proud of and we can see him playing out the rest of his career with us. Chris Wood is rapidly looking like an absolute bargain as he has more than repaid the £15m we paid for him in 2017 with 4 seasons of 10+ goals in the Premier League, something only achieved by 6 other players. He had a barren spell earlier in the season, but we all knew that once he found the net again, he’d be back in form and 8 goals in 8 games has shown how vital he is to our survival. Again, he is someone who is calm and looks settled and happy at the club and will continue to lead our front line for the foreseeable future. Wednesday shapes up as being a special evening for Football fans as they can attend games again. As a community minded club, how close is the bond between the players and fans? In pre-Covid times the players gave up many hours of their time to visit and take part in all kinds of community projects and events. They never shy away from photos and autographs when arriving or leaving a ground and will take turns to do in-store appearances for hours at an end. I’m sure they will have missed having the fans in Turf Moor just as much as the fans have missed being there. Our home form has suffered this season, we are currently on a 9-game winless run, at a place that has always been difficult for teams to come to (Pep has referred to coming to Burnley as like going to the dentist) and the sooner we can help the squad recreate the Turf Moor fortress, the better. Over the last few years Burnley have proven to be a difficult challenge for Liverpool to overcome with some interesting talking points on and off the pitch. What do you believe are the key reasons in how you seem able to subdue the 2019/20 League champions? It always seems to be the case when we play the ‘big 6’ teams, that if we sit back, let them play their way and show too much respect, then they walk all over us. If we choose to disrupt their play, get in their faces and show very little respect, all might I add within the rules of the game – Burnley have one of the best records for red & yellow cards - then it seems to level the playing field and give us a chance of taking an opportunity when it presents itself and causing an upset. We’ve seen this play out in both of our last visits to Anfield, both of this season’s matches against Arsenal and last season’s trip to Old Trafford. In the last two games, Liverpool have arguably had their two most important wins for the season. Who do you feel is the player you need to contain the most to help get you a result? It is always hard to look past your front 3, however difficult they’ve found things this year. Salah is still up there for the Golden Boot and hitting us on the break when we don’t have our shape and two banks of 4 behind the ball will be Liverpool’s best chance of securing a win. On top of that, some quality delivery from TAA & Robertson could also unpick our defence, particularly as we are likely to be without Pope in goal. Have you got a score prediction for this fixture? The reality of this fixture is that Burnley are safe and have a reputation for letting the intensity of their performances drop in the final games of a season, whilst Liverpool know that 6 points will see them qualify for the UCL which will be crucial to any summer business Klopp wants to do. The only unknown quantity is that there will be 3500 Clarets fans on the Turf for the first time in 15 months and they will be wanting to make it sound like a full house and show their team how much they missed supporting them in person and thank them for managing to get over the line in this difficult season. This may prove to be the 12th man that Burnley need to cause an upset, however I think Liverpool will be too strong and we could see another tight game, with the Reds sealing the win late on. I’ll say 3-1 to Liverpool.
  23. Monday May 10: Alisson’s missus gives birth to their third child. Congratulations to them. Usually when a keeper becomes a dad there’s a joke to be made about the doctor handing him the baby and him dropping it. That doesn’t work with Alisson as his handling is really secure. What actually happened here though was the doc handed him the baby and he passed it straight to Che Adams. On a similar note, Perrie Edwards announces she’s pregnant, so at least we know Ox has been putting all that spare time to good use. Happy for him, he’s a sound lad and I’m sure he’ll be a great dad. Can’t see his kid growing up with a scouse accent though as he’s surely going to be off this summer. One of the lads always says that “he’s got West Ham stamped through him like a stick of rock” and that’s probably a good shout. Tuesday May 11: United lose at home to Leicester with a severely weakened team. No surprise here and while I have a big problem about the situation and decision making process that led to this happening, I don’t have any problem with the team that was picked tonight. What else was he supposed to do? Technically the title was still up for grabs if they could have won tonight, but he couldn’t just send out the same players who played at the weekend, especially as they play again on Thursday against us. It’s easy to say ‘he rested everyone to try and beat us’ but it’s not that simple. If they’d have been playing us tonight what would he have done? I don’t think the team would have been much different, because he needs to protect his players, especially with a European final coming up. I suspect his line up would have been a bit stronger than it was, but he wouldn’t have picked his best eleven because it would have been stupid to take that risk. The real problem here is that their fans caused our game to be postponed and as a result of that, Leicester benefited from it and we suffered (West Ham and Chelsea as well to some degree). United themselves suffered too because they were unable to drag the title race out a little further. Of course City were going to win it at some point but they have been stalling lately and if United had kept the pressure on for another week you never know. At least make them win it on the pitch. They couldn’t do that because they had to play three games in five days and the middle one was always going to give Solskjaer a huge problem. So the real villains here are the mutants that invaded the pitch, the PL for re-scheduling for this week because they didn’t want to inconvenience West Brom (who were clearly going to be already down anyway) and Sky. Why Sky? Because the PL should have just awarded us the points but that was never going to happen because it’s Sky’s biggest game of the season and they would not have allowed that to happen. If we miss out on the top four, which now looks almost certain, it’s our own fault for losing all those home games. This didn’t help though and it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. We need a miracle now. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that the Week that Was is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  24. The weekend was going pretty well for us overall until City threw away their game against Chelsea. The one time we actually wanted the pricks to win and they fucked it up. They opened the scoring just before half time through Sterling, who took the ball off the toe of Aguero to convert a cross by Jesus. Aguero actually gets credited with an assist for that, which shows just how pointless that stat is as it was a dreadful touch that would have seen a defender clear the danger if Sterling hadn’t been on the spot. Worst assist since Aquilani fell over at Burnley, the ball hit him on the back and Stevie lashed it in from 30 yards. City were then were awarded a penalty immediately after as Jesus went tumbling following a minor collision with Gilmour, who was not Happy about that. *sniggers* That’s not a pen for me as Jesus stepped across him and Gilmour isn’t even really trying to do anything except avoid him. Not that I cared, I just wanted Chelsea to lose so this was all good. Until Aguero fucked it up. He’s absolutely shite on pens, always has been. I don’t have his record to hand, but it feels like he misses as many as he scores. I don’t know why they don’t have Ederson just leathering all of their pens as he strikes a ball better than anyone they have other than De Bruyne. Anyone who attempts a ‘Panenka’ should be fined a week’s wages. And if they miss, it should be a month’s. Showboating twats. That miss basically cost City the game because if he scores Chelsea aren’t coming back from 2-0. Not that they will care. The title was more or less wrapped up anyway as they knew United had to play three games in five days. I had this one down as a Chelsea loss though so for them to come back and win was a kick in the balls. Ziyech levelled with a low shot that Ederson probably should have saved and Werner and Hudson-Odoi both had goals ruled out for offside as Chelsea pushed hard for a winner. Sterling should have had a penalty late on but then he shouldn’t have even been on the field to win it, so that one evened itself out. It was definitely a red card tackle on Werner in the first half but he’s done that before and got away with it. One of those ‘ho ho ho wee Raheem canna tackle’ kind of things. As for the pen he didn’t get, I get the school of thought that says he slowed down to ensure the defender ran into him, but he’s entitled to do that as there’s no rule that says you need to run flat out at all times. If there was I’d have never bothered lacing up a pair of boots because fuck that. The point is, he may have slowed down to draw contact, but Zouma’s knee caught him on the thigh and caused him to go down. It wasn’t a dive but you can say he played for it. If we hadn’t been given a pen for that I’d have gone mad. That was a huge moment in the game because Chelsea went up the other end and won it through Alonso’s scuffed finish. Annoying as fuck, but if Chelsea can repeat that in the Champions League Final then that will soften the blow somewhat. This is just a teaser click here to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  25. Report by Dave Usher A mate said after this that it feels like we’ve been playing the same game since January. It really does. For most of this game I was just thinking that this is more of the same we’ve seen in virtually every other game for months, especially at Anfield. The only thing that changes is the result based on the small details, such as shot conversion, whether our defensive errors get punished or egregious VAR interventions. The games themselves are pretty much the same other than the finer details. We play ok. Not anywhere near our best but rarely terrible either. We create plenty of good openings, some of which are turned into clear chances and some of which are converted. Mostly we’re just wasteful though. And the opposition rarely dominates the game but they usually have three or four decent chances, at least one of which comes from a serious error from one of our players (more often than not Alisson). Sometimes they take one of those chances, sometimes they don’t. Thankfully this was one of the occasions when they didn’t. Despite not having played for a couple of weeks we somehow seem to have picked up a load of injuries. We were so short of bodies for this one we had Ben Woodburn and Billy Koumetio on the bench. Don’t ask me where Ben Davies is. Injured, presumably, which is the second or third time even though he hasn’t played one second of first team football since he arrived. Anyway, Kabak became the latest centre back to be struck down so Rhys Williams came in. Klopp did have other options. He could have dropped Fabinho back there and drafted in Jones, Ox or Shaq into midfield, but he went with Williams and that probably says a lot about how Klopp views his midfield options currently. Ox has been fit most of the season but we’ve barely seen him. He’s surely done here now. If he can’t get games in an injury ravaged season like this then he’s got no chance when everyone is fit. Southampton probably saw our centre back pairing and thought they could have some joy there. Unfortunately for them they were without Ings, as he’d surely have given us plenty of problems. As it was, they had a few opportunities but for the most part our lads at the back did well. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
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