Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another weekend in the Premiership and another stunning multi goal comeback. Thankfully for my team, West Ham, this time. 3-0 down at the half to West Brom, the Hammers looked buried so deeply that not even Burke and Hare could get them out. A stunning three goal comeback, which also saw them hit the woodwork at least three times, certainly gave them a survival lifeline, just as it was looking like the Olympic Stadium would be the best Championship grounds going - and one of the emptiest.

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The Premiership relegation battle is shaping up to be mouthwatering. Everyone from Stoke in 9th place down must now be worried about going on a streak that could spell relegation and possible financial disaster for them. Nine points separate the bottom twelve sides, with only six separating 9th place and the last relegation one in 18th. Really can't wait to see how this plays out and as long as West Ham and Blackpool don't end up in the bottom three, then I'll be more than happy. The top's down to a two horse race now at best, so screw that and let's just watch the action at the bottom.

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What has happened to Ashley Young? I used to be such an admirer of his. Cracking wee player. So skillful. Yesterday though, against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, he spent the game moaning, timewasting and diving about all over the place. He picked up one yellow card, but could easily have had four. What a waste of his talents, unless he's trying to wangle a summer move to Chelsea.

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Everyone is talking about Wayne Rooney's wondergoal in the Manc derby, and rightly so. Not a fan of him as a player or a person, but what a peach! There was a fantastic goal scored this weekend by a Scottish player although not as many of you will have seen it. Robert Snodgrass, fresh from winning his first international cap midweek, scored a beautiful goal which showed some amazing ball control. Try and find it online. It's not up on You Tube yet that we could see. Scotland are definitely building up an exciting squad of depth at the moment.

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The Championship is once again turning out to be the most exciting of the four English divisions. A fantastic match this afternoon, with an electic atmosphere to match, between the two sides that I think will be going up automatically come May, Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest. A 1-1 draw full of incidents and with two teams that knew what was at stake but didn't let that get in the way of some entertaining football. Just what you want from a Sunday afternoon game and not the usual Premiership bore. Can't be happy about QPR going up though. Can't want any club that has both Queen and Rangers in their name!

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What is it about referee Mark Clattenburg, who the ref in the QPR-Forest game? He just seems to attract trouble and controversy. We're not saying he's always wrong either, because he's usually not. It's just he seems to be in the centre of things week after week like some kind of bizarre magnet. Could do without his trademark "go away" shout and armwave though.

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Finally, a huge well done to Glenrothes Juniors who triumphed 2-1 over Arthurlie at Warout Stadium on Saturday to move into the 5th round of the Scottish Junior Cup. Before being deemed "big enough" to go and watch East Fife in big bad Methil, my Granddad used to take me to watch the Glens up till his death in 1980. Still tried to get to their games at the end of the season or if I wasn't following the Fife away. Still gives me a tingle being at Warout watching them and my mind always goes back there whenever I smell liniment, as that smell always seemed to be in the air. Standing with my granddad, watching hard tackling football, then home for tea before settling down to watch Doctor Who and the Generation Game. Childhood footballing memories are made of such things.

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