Sunday, August 15, 2010

We don't know if we're going to make this a regular or a sporadic new feature of the blog, but we thought we'd have a snappy new title for most things Premiership, kicking it off with a look at the opening weekend:

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Performance of the opening fixtures obviously goes to BLACKPOOL. So much is going to be written about the Seasiders today that there is very little new we can add. They're pretty much every neutral and real football lovers favourites in the Premiership this season.

We can't go without commending an absolutely fantastic performance though.

I was lucky enough to watch the whole match and they dominated from start to finish against a brutal WIGAN ATHLETIC side. It was one of the few Premiership games that I would quite gladly watch over again. It was four going on eight or more if they'd taken their chances.

Ian Holloway, a manager who I personally adore for his ethos and management style, promised that if Blackpool would be going down then it would be playing attractive football the way he wants it. They're certainly living up to that billing so far.

As a word of caution though, remember how well Burnley started their campaign last season and look at the end result.

Well done though to the Tangerines and to Olly. This really is the stuff that dreams are made of and let's hope they don't wake up for a long time to come.

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Wigan on the other hand put in one of the worst performances I can remember seeing in recent years and that's saying something considering the Latics were thrashed 9-1 by Tottenam in November and 8-0 by Chelsea in May last term.

Roberto Martinez' coat must be on a shoogly hook at the moment. I'd put my money on him being the first Premiership managerial casualty of the new season and Wigan one of the favourites to be filling one of the relegation spots come May. If they follow up on last season's precedent, there may be a lot of poor footballers up Wigan way with the amount of refunds to their fans they're going to have to dish out.

With Chelsea away being on offer next weekend, it can't be much fun being a Wigan fan at the moment. It's a shame for they're a club I admire for coming through the leagues the way they did and hanging in at the top level for so long. It would be a shame to see all that good work undone.

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At the other end of the table, even though Man U have still to play tomorrow, it's a boring case of same old, same old. With CHELSEA destroying West Brom 6-0, that's an ominous sign for those of us hoping for a little more parity amongst the big boys this season. Same boring two horse race again then. And to think they look down on the SPL for that.

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And talking of same old, same old, LIVERPOOL and ARSENAL served up yet another half of boring, cagey football from a match up of the big four. That was a dire first half this afternoon and certainly not for the first time. Sure the second half was better, but it would have been hard not to be. It shouldn't take a sending off to kickstart these teams into life. You really can't see either of these teams seriously challenging what it simply now just a "big two".

I'm also not sure I can take a whole new season of Arsene Whinger either.

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The goal of the opening weekend was undoubtedly David Jones' beautiful chip from a free kick for WOLVES. Marlon Harewood's first for Blackpool also requires a mention for the striker's tenacity in the lead up to the goal. I always thought Harewood was a very undervalued player at my club, West Ham, who the least said about this weekend the better.

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It was good to have Match of the Day back. Despite all the live and as live football at my disposal on my television at the moment, this old chestnut still takes some beating.

The new opening title sequence, intertwining old and new top flight stars playing together, may be a little bit tacky and choppy in places but I really liked it. Seeing a lot of the old shots of players and grounds really took me back to happy childhood memories, of this and of course Sportscene.

The times may have changed, but the thrill of football is still very much the same for me.

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