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Adam Hates Spurs
I'm surprised that nobody has made more of yet another appalling challenge by Charlie Adam against a Spurs player this weekend.
I'm not entirely sure what Charlie Adam's problem with Spurs is, but he has a long track record of poor behaviour when up against Tottenham...is he just a rubbish player who accidentally hacks everybody or does he have a genuine problem with the club? Mad to even think it I suppose, but see the following:
- During the 10/11 season, he broke Gareth Bale's ankle in a late challenge whilst playing for Blackpool at WHL.
- In 11/12 season, whilst playing for Liverpool, he was sent off for two bookings within the first half an hour. The second of which he booted Scott Parker just below the knee in a very dangerous challenge.
- Preseason before 12/13, he caught Gareth Bale in an otherwise pedestrian friendly played in 38 degree heat in Baltimore...this was again for Liverpool shortly before transferring to Stoke. Bale demanded an apology for the OTT challenge but this wasn't forthcoming.
- During the 12/13 season, he was sent off for two cynical fouls on Jan Vertonghen (Bale was too good to get close to by then), the second of which was a snide boot in the legs from behind.
- 13/14, within minutes of coming on the WHL pitch, he fouls Paulinho who then went off and is facing a lengthy lay off.
Just thought I'd throw this out there as I haven't seen any widespread condemnation of his behaviour before.
A Decent Injured XI
Lots of injuries with the players in premier league during hectic winter period. I came up with the injured eleven based on the performance this season and not surprise to get in with healthy contribution from Liverpool squad.
Jones (Man u)
Bellamy (car. city)
Majid (LFC, Pakistan , Looking to finish above Man u and Everton)
And A Team Of The Season So Far
Probably amongst a multitude of mid season best XI's, I am sure I have omitted a few but mine as follows:
CM: Y Touré
Subs: Howard, Shaw, Caulker, Barry, Jedinak, Navas, Rooney
Manager: Wenger (assisted by Martinez)
Thoughts On Cardiff
I've just read the Johnny Nicholson article and thought I'd add in my ten pence for what it's worth!
I think a lot of the reason for football fans getting so upset about these pesky foreign owners (just trying to appease the Daily Mail readers amongst us) taking our clubs identity, is more pointed to the fact, as Johnny Nic points out, we're in the 21st century now.
With everything rapidly changing from one day to the next your football team is the one constant during it all. Which I think means us supporters actually like having something traditional you can feel is your own.
If you asked Cardiff fans if they preferred Premier League football with old Vincent essentially joining in with booing himself (which was one of my favourite moments of the season so far for the record), as I'm pretty sure that's where most fans were directing their displeasure. Or being back in the Championship with all the clubs traditions intact I think the consensus would be fairly down the middle, or perhaps towards the latter. That admittedly does sound bonkers but I'd thought everyone would have realised by now following a football team is a strange old thing and it is nice to hold onto some traditions during this age of break neck development that we live in. To not have every last little bit of the club you've grown up with commercialised for the sake of a few more shirt sales.
Of course most sensible people realise you can't have success without these peoples money and of course capitalism has helped the clubs become rich beyond everyone's imagination, but I think that's why fans do love to hold onto the seemingly small things. Like not changing the name of our home ground we've attended all these years and the clubs name we've sung all this time. It might not seem like much but it's all the identity most supporters can hang onto these days.
Phill (might have overdone it a bit with the nostalgia) Thomas
Regarding the always enjoyable Winners and Losers column, I may have found a glaring omission: Fulham. Considering we shipped 6 goals at Hull (Hull!) after half time and generally stumbled around like the pathetic bunch of over the hill talentless hacks the majority of the squad is, I fully expected us to be listed under the 'Losers' section but not even a whisper. Are we really that tiny a club? Oh, we are? Carry on then.
Seriously, after a good performance at Norwich, I think Rene was happy to try and get a point and not exert the key members of the team too much ahead of crunch home games against West Ham and Sunderland which may go some way to deciding our fate this year. He also inadvertently or purposefully demonstrated to all and sundry at the club how woeful the squad depth is. Ruiz cannot ever play again for Fulham. He has talent but is just constantly bullied off the ball. Seems like a good guy but needs a league where the pace is a bit more sedate.
Anyway, despite the losses we had performed ok against Spurs, City and Everton, so l expect a first choice team New Years Day and for us to get back to our winning ways. Its tight at the bottom but we don't even grind out draws when we play badly so its win or bust for us.
The Peng (aiming for 17th!), FFC, SW6
Angry With West Brom
I sincerely hope WBA get relegated, and then relegated again, and again after this weekend.
As for Keith Downing...there are no words that can be printed. Here is an absolute joke of a man, defending another joke of a human (Anelka) who surely knows what his "special Friend" stands for?! How can everyone be missing this??
Then some caretaker nobody wades in, claiming definitively that "no offence was meant" when this same nobody has absolutely no clue what the quenelle even means. Disgraceful.
I hope your little club is not seen again after this season in the BPL.
Manc In SA
I'm so disappointed that F365 did not notice that Hull vs Fulham stole the Man City vs Crystal Palace scoreline
And The Same To You All
Happy New Year to all the staffs at @F365.
Have a blessed year ahead.
Syfq Amr, Malaysia