Possession without the Edge | Swansea vs Wigan Athletic

Possession without the Edge | Swansea vs Wigan Athletic

The Liberty Stadium opened its doors to the Premier League with the visit of Wigan Athletic on a grim (Weather wise) but nevertheless [caption id="attachment_3222" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Swansea City In Action at the Liberty"][/caption] enthralling day.  Possession, A Penalty and a consequent save can sum up the main headlines of the game but that statistics provide an insightful look into Swansea’s attack. Monday night saw a Swansea that for the first thirty minutes seemed confident in possession, however as the …
Swansea | Harsh reality or harsh result?

Swansea | Harsh reality or harsh result?

Swansea City’s opening game in their long anticipated Premier League debut didn’t exactly go to plan, with a 4-0 defeat away to Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City on Monday night at the newly named Etihad Stadium. A defeat which on paper and to many looked like a ‘hammering’ for the Swans, but in fact the score-line was harsh on Swansea, for whom at times looked like Premier League veterans, who played teams like Manchester City week in week out. Of course …
Rejuvenated Torres & a tiresome midfield

Rejuvenated Torres & a tiresome midfield

Chelsea v Stoke could be described as a good, old-fashioned tussle between two sides who were physical and direct, the game arguably was one of, as the old cliché goes, two halves. In the first Stoke caused Chelsea some problems with their physical nature and Chelsea couldn’t really create any clear cut chances, when it came to the second half however it was a whole different story, Chelsea could have easily had two penalties and hit the woodwork. One of …
Villa | Vibrant new dawn?

Villa | Vibrant new dawn?

[caption id="attachment_2834" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Charles N'Zogbia - part of a vibrant new dawn?"][/caption] Alex McLeish's first competitive game in charge of Aston Villa ended in a goalless draw away to Fulham.  Without wanting to sound disrespectful to the 25 men who, at one point or another, contributed to the "spectacle" at Craven Cottage on Saturday, the first sentence would suffice in providing you with all the information you'd ever need should you want to re-live the "drama" this match had …
Larsson & Brown | Optimism for Bruce

Larsson & Brown | Optimism for Bruce

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Star Man: Wes Brown"][/caption] The talk before kick-off was all about the now departed Jordan Henderson, but Steve Bruce will be more concerned about the players currently at his disposal. To this end, Saturday must have felt like a vindication of sorts for the Sunderland boss, who used his resources and tactical acumen to rescue a point from what had seemed like certain defeat. Having watched his side largely overwhelmed by an expensively assembled Liverpool side …
Newcastle v Arsenal | Match Report

Newcastle v Arsenal | Match Report

Similar to last season, another stalemate, another penalty incident, another Arsenal player sent off for an off the ball incident with Joey, but unfortunately this match won’t be remembered as fondly as our 4-4 draw back in February. The Barton – Gervinho incident has been analysed so many times over the weekend from all sorts of media, I’ll be gladly avoiding this area and focusing on the football that was played. With Arsenal fielding out a team minus Fabregas, Nasri …
QPR | 'Dyer' wake up call

QPR | 'Dyer' wake up call

It takes a second in football for euphoria to suddenly become anguish and doubt. Well on Saturday 13 August 2011 after three minutes and one disallowed goal, QPR lost their most controversial 'free' signing of the summer to a suspected broken foot. After weeks of speculation as to whether Warnock had signed a 'Dyer' flop or had he pulled off bargain of the summer? Unfortunately, it was the former and QPR fans were forced to laugh rather than cry at …
The 2 Point Gaff | Liverpool v. Sunderland

The 2 Point Gaff | Liverpool v. Sunderland

Kenny Dalglish made a number of mistakes in selecting his starting line-up yesterday, from leaving both Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt on the bench in favour of Jordan Henderson to risking Luis Suarez on short rest, to blooding 4 new players in a single match.  However, the single greatest mistake was the one which cost Liverpool the clean sheet, the win and 2 points. John Flanagan may be many things as a footballer.  He appears to be astute when on …
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