Optimism around Wolverhampton

Optimism around Wolverhampton

A dull 0-0 draw at West Midlands rivals Aston Villa in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday saw Wolves enjoy their second stint at the top of the Premier League in two weeks. This doesn't suggest that Wanderers will be challenging for the title come the end of the season, however it does show that Mick McCarthy's men can be hopeful of a little more than staying up by a point on the last day again. An unchanged side for …
Swansea | Importance of wide men

Swansea | Importance of wide men

With the unfortunate injury to Alan Tate, Swansea City look slightly exposed at full back with only two experienced players in the squad. Steven Caulker is able to deputise but with the England under 21 making such an impressive start to the season, Brendan Rodgers will be reluctant to break the partnership he has formed with Ashley Williams at the heart of the City back four. There also must be a concern about what would happen if either Scott Sinclair …
It's black & white: Bruce has to win!

It's black & white: Bruce has to win!

[caption id="attachment_3533" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Steve Bruce"][/caption] Last weekends’ debacle against rivals Newcastle has seen the tide of public opinion drastically sway against the Sunderland manager. It says something about the importance of this fixture in the North East, that Steve Bruce will consider himself under scrutiny after only two games of the new campaign. However it would be churlish to claim that this was a knee jerk reaction from fans after one disappointing outing. Moreover it was further evidence of …
Arsenal | Season already in the balance?

Arsenal | Season already in the balance?

Arsene Wenger even said it himself, according to Arsenal.com, in response to the injuries and Liverpool loss, “We have five big games when the team is not completely ready.” A tough opening month that saw a home loss to Liverpool and an upcoming trip to Old Trafford, combined with a couple of European dates with Udinese meant the squad would need to be ready from day one. It was understood all summer that Arsenal was never going to start at …
Swansea | Taking steps forward ?

Swansea | Taking steps forward ?

Swansea City undoubtedly have a lot to thank Roberto Martinez for, a play maker in the bottom tier who brought culture to a poor side, an inspirational captain through the clubs most turbulent times, and a manager who established a style of play which delighted fans and caught the attention of the national media. However it would be fair to say that both club and manager have moved on since his departure. Martinez has now had two seasons in the …
Newcastle: The

Newcastle: The "not so" smooth transition from football club to business

The fact that football clubs across the UK are now being ran more and more as businesses is not entirely popular with football fans. There is often a gulf between what the football club can afford to do and what the loyal fan would like them to do and over the next couple of years that gulf is likely to grow. My team is Newcastle United, and has been since I attended Kevin Keegan's first debut as as a player …
Norwich First XI, Who Wins a Shirt for Wigan?

Norwich First XI, Who Wins a Shirt for Wigan?

Are Stoke the most Scottish team in England?

Are Stoke the most Scottish team in England?

Whenever I watch Stoke play, I can’t help but kicking my TV set to ensure I’m not watching St Mirren – Aberdeen or Motherwell – Kilmarnock. There’s no one thing I can put my finger on, it’s a mixture of different things. Stoke play like the teams I watch every weekend, whether it be in the SPL, Irn Bru Scottish Third Division, or the Highland league. Only Dundee United and Celtic, in recent times, have bucked the stereotypical Scottish style …
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