It's the Mailbox all but United fans have been longing for, with Davey Moyes copping so much stick. Also have love for Martinez, Luis Suarez and Southampton. Enjoy...
But it must only be used for a shot seemingly launched from a catapult with reckless abandon. We also have mails on Dimi Berbatov, Cesc Fabregas and lots more...
Why It's Baines Over Coentrao
Without fishing, I imagine the reason that Moyes is going for Baines (Over a Coentrao) is because until he's done something of note at Utd, a number of top class footballers are going to think twice about joining what could be a car crash if it all goes wrong.
Therefore Moyes' Utd (for this short time) may only appeal to those domestically wanting a step up...Baines, Fellaini, Cabaye, Bale, seem the players of note.
Handful XI Thought I would come up with a "Handful XI".
This Spurs team is made up of players that would occasionally substitute skill for a more 'erm.....physical game, 'cough.
GK: Paul Robinson
DF: Alan Hutton
DF: Neil Ruddock
DF: Graham Roberts
DF: Ben Thatcher
MD: Graeme Souness
MD: Dave Mackay
MD: Stefan Freund
MD: Michael Brown
CF: Mark Falco
CF: Jermaine Defoe
Subs: Scott Parker, Mido, Justin Edinburgh, Pat Van Den Hauwe.
Manager: George Graham
Over to you fellow mail boxers.
(I know the Keeper is weak but look at that midfield & defence!)
Who Can You Mean?
I can think of one new position: the over-promoted, under-qualified and inexperienced top 4 manager.
Liverpool's New Kit Has Gone Down Well Then
Liverpool's New Kit has Odd Socks. Will each sock be assigned a particular leg?
Pinky Laroo III, LFC, Brisbane
Can I just ask, Liverpool's 3rd kit, WTF?
Ian, LFC (Downing to be LFC player of the year 2013-2014, no - seriously....)
Having just read the quick line about Hull City wanting Wilson Palacios - I was wondering if you wanted to do a top ten or the readers write in with players over recent years(or even ages ago if you like) that have not fulfilled the potential that they first showed and have kind of withered away or at the very best stayed still. I'm pretty sure you've done a similar thing before but I thought I'd put it out there. Off the top of my head heres a few:
Ok - one.
If I could be bothered I'd think of some more. Over to you.
Steven Hunt - Draughtsman
In May of last year I mentioned that it felt like Belgium would start moving up the FIFA rankings soon (they were ranked 44th at the time). They are now ranked 10th in case people wanted an update.
I'm sure Wenger tries this stuff in training, but surely Vermaelen would be an excellent defensive shield and goal scoring threat to boot.
The other day some people might have found themselves trying to shake off the vision of Alonso riding horseback. I don't know how many years ago it has been (maybe 5?) but someone once wrote into the mailbox something about Nasri wearing a school girls uniform. I wish I never read that.
Steve Jenner (Norwich)
Old Ghost Goal Wounds
To Andy Roscoe, LFC, London, I'm getting a little fed up by the Liverpool justification of the 'ghost goal' and the assumption that if he hadn't given the goal, the ref would have sent Cech off and a penalty would have been awarded.
No he bloody wouldn't! He's just played on for a huge advantage as Garcia has essentially an open goal and all the time in the world to put it in. He can't just pull the play back because Garcia's cocked up aforementioned huge advantage. Who's to say the ref would have judged it a penalty anyway and not just seen it as an accidental collision? Maybe in an alternate world Liverpool fans are bemoaning the lack of a penalty and red card after Garcia scuffed his shot, the lino did his job correctly and Chelsea went on to win...
...To Andy Roscoe LFC - 'Here, here' - you took the words out of my mouth - I cannot believe, and couldn't believe it at the time, all the column inches taken up by the goal that Liverpool scored against Chelsea in the Euro semi 2005, and all the bleating by Mourinho, when it was bleeding obvious that the alternative as described, would have been far worse for Chelsea. It was simply sour grapes by Mourinho and he and any other demented Chelsea fans were just using it as an excuse for the fact that they lost. You would have been spanked - at 1-0 down after 4 mins and with ten men (one of them NOT Cech) - count yourselves lucky.
Steven Hunt - Draughtsman
I just wanted to say that I'm not a false Chris. I still believe there's a role in the modern mailbox for a traditional "blood-and-guts" English Chris.
Chris, SAF Stand
Just one goal wish had gone in: Bergkamp penalty villa park 99. Just one goal wish had never gone in: Giggs, same game.
That game will haunt me til I die.
Guy (Dennis too, didn't go near a pen after that.... I think) Melbourne
...As a Chelsea fan, two obvious examples:
- The one I wish hadn't gone in: Iniesta at Stamford Bridge to take Barcelona through to the most undeserved CL final ever. Or failing that being awarded any one of the myriad of deserving penalties in that game
- The one I wish had: John Terry's penalty in Moscow to win the Champion's League. If it had, then Chelsea could have failed to win the CL under Mourinho, Ancelotti and Hiddink, and succeeded under Avram Grant and Roberto Di Matteo. Role of the manager over-estimated, perhaps?
Tim Colyer, Chelsea fan, London
On the subject of erasing goals...
May 7th 2005 saw this (then 13yr old) fan travel to Selhurst Park in the hope of picking up tickets to see Palace's crucial relegation six pointer against Southampton. Win and we were all but safe. Lose and we were down.
This was the season when four teams were vying for survival - us, Norwich, Southampton, and West Brom. On the penultimate week, nobody was safe, nobody was yet relegated - unique I believe in Premiership history). It was cracking game - as was our 3-3 draw with Norwich a couple of weeks earlier. We go ahead, a Crouch penalty pegs us back, a second half melee results in Crouch and Gonzalo Sorondo seeing red, before Nicholas Ventola, calm as you like, slots home to gives us a 2-1 lead. (Cue much screaming and hugging of random men). Deep into injury time, Southampton break forward, Kevin Phillips (who was described as a veteran even then) crosses the ball in and Danny Higginbotham (Danny f**cking Higginbotham!) stabs home the equaliser. Normally an opposition goal produces shouts of disappointment or ironic cheers or noise of some sort in response - but the here stadium was utterly silent (other than the pocket of Southampton fans who were naturally going apesh*t). It was eerie, and my young heart broke in a way football has never being able to replicate. So we were condemned to endure a final day, a day in which all four sides would at some point be safe - buy another 2-2 draw, another late opposition equaliser from Charlton (Charlton!) sent us down. Intriguingly the four teams who contested that unique relegation fight are now all back in the league - so perhaps there is a happy ending. (At least for now).
But given the choice I'd take a 2-1 win, swapping my lowest moment in football for what would've been my highest, staying up for the first time ever in the Premiership (won't happen this season I tell ye) and ensuring the survival of that proud old tradition, the Christmas Curse. West Brom that season were and remain the only team to break it. Thanks football gods.
Max (plus it would have saved numerous teams from the appointment of Bryan Robson, who has built a managerial career off that half season)
...Jonathan Howard's disallowed effort for Chesterfield vs Middlesbrough in the FA Cup Semi Final at OT in 1997. Had it gone in, the then 3rd division Spireites would have been 3-1 up against the ten men of the perennial relegation dodgers.
All this talk of goals you wish had gone in/not gone in got me thinking about a different question; goals you haven't minded your team conceding. One that springs to mind is when Luka Modric scored an absolute screamer against Liverpool in his final season at Spurs. I'm pretty sure that was the first goal of a complete and utter dismantling of us that day but I remember not minding because of the sheer brilliance of that strike.
It got me thinking about other goals that I haven't minded us conceding purely because of the technique involved. Another goal that came to mind was an utter Thunderbastard (that's still cool right?) from an Alex free kick when we played Chelsea in the Champions League (yes that was a long time ago). I recall just sitting back and enjoying the goal in its isolation and appreciating it for what it was.
Did Newcastle fans mind conceding that goal from Wayne Rooney? Did Man City fans mind conceding that goal from Peter Crouch? I suppose it depends on the circumstances, whether or not the game is pivotal to your title challenge/relegation battle/4th place trophy ambitions, whether or not it's against a fierce rival, etc. It may seem like an odd question but what's your favourite goal that's been scored against your team?
At the end of the day football is an entertainment sport. Would you rather win every game 1-0 for a season where every single goal scored is a goal mouth scramble, or would you rather win some and lose some to sublime football every now and again?
Paul M LFC