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BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)

Dave the Gnome 04 Mar 18 - 01:56 PM
MikeL2 04 Mar 18 - 10:35 AM
MikeL2 04 Mar 18 - 08:41 AM
Steve Shaw 04 Mar 18 - 07:24 AM
MikeL2 04 Mar 18 - 06:48 AM
MikeL2 27 Feb 18 - 02:29 PM
Steve Shaw 27 Feb 18 - 07:07 AM
Raggytash 27 Feb 18 - 06:37 AM
Raggytash 26 Feb 18 - 05:00 PM
MikeL2 26 Feb 18 - 02:13 PM
Raggytash 26 Feb 18 - 06:05 AM
MikeL2 26 Feb 18 - 05:30 AM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 07:52 PM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 07:41 PM
peteaberdeen 25 Feb 18 - 03:49 PM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 03:30 PM
Raggytash 25 Feb 18 - 02:10 PM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 02:05 PM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 12:24 PM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 11:32 AM
Raggytash 25 Feb 18 - 07:18 AM
Steve Shaw 25 Feb 18 - 06:38 AM
MikeL2 25 Feb 18 - 06:25 AM
Steve Shaw 24 Feb 18 - 09:08 PM
MikeL2 24 Feb 18 - 08:44 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 Mar 18 - 01:56 PM

I always supported Hamilton Accademicals. Just so I could do the chant

2 4 6 8 Who do we appreciated

H-A-M-I....

Oh, sod it.

:D tG


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 04 Mar 18 - 10:35 AM

Hi
Sorry

that last sentence should have said We would like to see United take Liverpool on at their own game. but I suspect his defensive attitude will not allow it.

Cheers

Mike

PS Just watched Brighton beat Arsenal 2-1. I think this will be the end of Wenger. Sad really - he's been a great manager.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 04 Mar 18 - 08:41 AM

Hi Steve

You are right about Sallah he is something special. Yesterday vaery early in the game he hit a volley on the turn when running at full pace. It hit the side netting but was worth a goal in itself.

Sorry to hear you won't be able to watch. I am hoping No 1 son will have ticket for me. He takes me whenever he can. His company have three season tickets but they are often taken by his friends ( one is a City fan ) No one will want to miss this one so it looks as if I will be watching at home.

Should be a great game. We would like to see United tale Liverpool on at their own gain. but I suspect his defensive attitude will not allow it,

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Mar 18 - 07:24 AM

Well it was a cast-iron free kick right at the edge of the box. Newcastle parked at least two buses all afternoon, even when they were losing, no doubt hoping for a chance to counter that they repeatedly showed they were too weak to execute. They managed to force Liverpool to play across the park for much of the time, making for a tedious watch as you say, but it speaks volumes for Liverpool's firepower that they broke through a number of times and got two goals. In the past they've often been frustrated by that tactic, most famously by Mourinho in his Chelsea days, but no team will be able to rely on that approach with Liverpool in future. A couple of long balls up to Salah is enough to get any defence panicking and going out of shape, and we have some damn good long passers. You're being a bit of an ould curmudgeon about the second goal, which was a world-class team goal. Great to see Hendo back on form, and Virgil is a commanding presence who has settled the defence no end.

It's a complete arse thst family matters are going to prevent me from watching the match next Saturday. I blame the Beast From The East for forcing us to put back our plans by a week. Grr.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 04 Mar 18 - 06:48 AM

Hi Steve

Watched Liverpool v Newcastle.
Not exactly a thriller.

Liverpool compared to their recent form were poor. They started very well but Newcastle created a grip on them that they found difficult to pierce, They did score two goals but there was an element of luck in both of them.

They were never in danger of losing but were pleased to win.



But as I have been saying three points is what you are playing for and sometimes you have the win by playing ugly.

I hope we do the same on Monday when we play Crystal Palace.

I like this time of the season when all games are important for teams at the top and teams at the bottom trying to avoid relegation.

Going to be a tough fight for the top four with with Man City having taken top place. On current performance Spurs and Liverpool will take two places, leaving Man United to compete with Chelsea for the fourth place.

I could'nt help but laugh at Clopp's reaction right at the end to the " penalty" that was turned down. I thought for a minute I was watching Swan Lake.
Cheers
Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 27 Feb 18 - 02:29 PM

Hi Raggy

I already have BT Sport on my TV and my son has installed Sky- Go for free.

Inreality I don't need anything else.

Thanks for your advice, I have filed it away in case I need it.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Feb 18 - 07:07 AM

That joke might go down better at the end of NEXT season...


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 27 Feb 18 - 06:37 AM

An explosion last week killed a wild-living navy boiler man and he found himself in hell. Being used to stoking fires and extremely hot temperatures, he found hell actually quite comfortable.

When Satan went to check out the new arrival, he found him sitting in his room smiling.

“You like this?” Satan asked.

“Yes, sir,” said the sailor, “this feels like a spring day to me.”

Not wanting the new guy to be too comfortable, Satan turned up the heat a bit. When he went back the next day to see how his new arrival was doing, the sailor was still happy; he hadn’t even broken a sweat.

“I like this kind of weather,” he told Satan.

For the next few days, Satan turned up the heat more and more, but each day the Sailor looked as comfortable as ever. By Sunday, Satan decided to try something different. Rather than turn up the heat even more, he turned it off and turned on the air conditioning. Icicles formed in the sailor’s room! When he checked on the guy, the room was icy and he was shivering, but he had a grin from ear to ear, bigger than ever.

Satan was exasperated! “Why are YOU so happy?” he demanded from the sailor. “It’s FREEZING in here!”

“Well, I’m from Liverpool,” said the sailor, “and evidently they have just won the Premiership!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 26 Feb 18 - 05:00 PM

An Android can be picked up for about £100, a lot less than signing up for Sky for a year!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 26 Feb 18 - 02:13 PM

Hi Raggy

Thanks for the heads up.

I don't have an Android device. I have three laptops, none of which I don't think are Android. My grandson connects his dongle direct to my TV.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 26 Feb 18 - 06:05 AM

MikeL, download the App Mobdro onto your tablet or android if you own such a thing. Once installed you can watch dozens of channels, sport, news, films etc FOC. We have a dongle on the TV which picks up the wireless signal so we can watch on the TV screen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 26 Feb 18 - 05:30 AM

Hi Steve

Obviously I see United v Chelsea game differently to you. For this game I thought United played the right game to see off a strong Chelsea side. Yes we had a bit of luck - but that is part of the game.
They started slowly when Chelsea could and should have won it.

They ccored first whi woke United up and they gradually improved and they completelt blocked out Chelsea's midfield. Lucaku had his best game for United and the underrated Lingard finished Chelsea off.

Not a classic by any means but United got what they wanted.
Unfortunately I was unable to have a few as I have just had surgery and have been told no alcohol until the stitches come out on Thursday.

Sorry I can't help you with the Streaming thingy. My son got it in Holland where he is working these days. He has a dongle thing ( note my grasp of things technical ). My grandson has it at the moment and came and did the necessary.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 07:52 PM

I should add that I was brought up in the sixties watching Bury at Gigg Lane, only occasionally being treated to a big match at Old Trafford, Ewood Park or Turf Moor. I'm right with you on hairy-arse footie. It can be the best of the lot. Best match I ever saw was Bury vs Rotherham. It cost me a tanner to get in and I saw Alf Barlow and Len Fairclough out of Coronation Street there.

Mind you, google Burnley vs Sheffield Wed, FA Cup, on March 7 1961. I was there. It changed my life...


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 07:41 PM

Well I know what you mean, Pete, but I can't agree that Arsenal have been playing great football, not for quite some time now. The problem with them is that they used to, and we all fondly remember it, but these days they are just too gutless and abject. Dammit, there's too much money in it, etc., but the best players get on that pitch and forget that they're getting a hundred thousand and they play with that brilliant schoolboy competitive spirit. I don't think the standard has ever been higher. At its best it's great to watch, and my totally, utterly unbiased view is that Liverpool are the epitome of that perfect combination of on-show skill and entertainment. As ever, Man U fans will deludedly beg to differ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: peteaberdeen
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 03:49 PM

i can't understand the constant criticism that arsene wenger gets. arsenal, top 4/5 for ever, a few cups and he's produced 3/4 top sides that (when on form) has played the best football in england. he should go when he wants to.
many of us don't support the top english clubs (partick thistle, west ham) (football is a weird sort of sweet suffering with these 2) and are more than happy with much more modest and occasional success. i'm much happier going to see the jags fighting relegation (for £15) again than going to a bigger club where winning is just routine and expected. you glory hunters are just greedy and missing out on many of the small pleasures the game provides.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 03:30 PM

Yebbut he bought 'em, he picked 'em, he trained 'em, he tacticked 'em, he judged whether they were a good fit - and he's been there for twenty-odd years! He's a professional second-best!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 02:10 PM

I am surprised that people invariably blame the manager, ultimately he is not on the pitch.

There are 11 plus, highly skilled (and highly paid) footballers who are there to play a game.

If THEY are not up to it, it should be THEY that carry the can.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 02:05 PM

Wenger has to go. That was terrible to watch.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 12:24 PM

Now I'm being bored by the League Cup Final.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 11:32 AM

Lukaku paid the rent, Pogba looked like he was worth ten million, Sanchez was complete rubbish and Matic is a dirty bugger. Job done. Yawn. Second best of the three possible outcomes for Liverpool!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 07:18 AM

Steve, There's an APP named Mobdro which you can get for androids etc. If you download it you can access dozens of channels, news, sports, film etc etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 06:38 AM

Hi Mike. I couldn't find the match anywhere - is your streaming solution cloak-and-dagger or are you going to tell me about it!? ;-). Anyway, I had to get into the garden and spread a ton or two of gravel on me drive. Mrs Steve would NOT have appreciated my postponing the task to watch footie on the telly, leaving a big ugly bulk bag in full view from the house for yet another day. Saw the highlights on MOTD and Liverpool were looking good. Robertson looks like the find of the season, apart from Mo, of course. Virgil doesn't do the spectacular but his commanding presence seems to be settling the defence, and Bobby Firmino has become a real team man. I'll be watching on Sky this afternoon. Naturally, I'll be hoping for a draw. Make it exciting as you like as long as it's a draw! I like the way Liverpool are opening up a good goal difference advantage over some of the top-four challengers. Could come in handy at the bitter end...


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 25 Feb 18 - 06:25 AM

Hi Steve

Yes Liverpool continue their march to the top. They have added consistency to their performances which has let them down on occasions.

I watched it on a streaming device of my No 1 son. This performance was exciting and every man in the side played his part. Outstanding for me was Full Back Robertson who was fantastic. He plays like an attacking wing forward driving forward with pace and feeds his 3 hungry strikers. He still manages to defend when required.

Oxade Chamberlain looked good and is now slotting in seamlessly into the Liverpool team.

I think it is amazing how they are playing; especially since they lost their "main man" . I think they are playing even better without him.

I am going into today's game United v Chelsea with trepidation , there is trouble in the camp and it looks to me like the problems Chelsea had with Mourinho.

Fingers Crossed.

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 09:08 PM

Another three added to our goal difference, Mike! The game wasn't on telly anywhere, and anyway I had to spend the afternoon spreading tons of gravel on my drive. But I'll be watching the Man U/Chelsea game...


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 08:44 AM

Hi Steve

I remember the " Pink". For a period I used to deliver Daily papers and part of that was delivering the Pink on a Saturday evening. It was so popular that I used to take two bags....one for delivering to houses that ordered it and the other was for people who would stop me and ask for a copy. I didn't mind cos I got quite a few tips.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 23 Feb 18 - 05:09 PM

Me dad worked at Pendleton Burtons, then at the Stretford Road branch, where he was the shop manager. Every Saturday night he'd bring the Football Pink home. It never ceased to amaze me that we'd get match reports for both City and United within three-quarters of an hour of the final whistle. The front page alternated between the two! There were two reporters, one being the estimable David Meek and the other whose name I can't recall, who did the reports. The paper was pretty rough and ready to say the least, and there were always a few errors. My favourite was "...and then Charlton shit hard into the back of the net..."


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 23 Feb 18 - 02:55 PM

Hi Steve

Heck Steve you are just a young whippersnapper. I actually remember that game. Of course this was way before Fergie.

In those days my dad used watch all United's games. This was before sports came to TV.    On a Saturday evening my brother and I sat and listened to the football results on the radio with my mother.She used to make our teas but she never started to cook my dad's tea until she heard how United had gone on. If they hadn't won she didn't cook it because he used to go in the pub if they lost. We never saw him until we got up on Sunday mornings.

Tough times in those days.

United play Chelsea this week - the Pundits have forecast a 1-1 draw.

That would be a good result for you.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 23 Feb 18 - 08:13 AM

Flippin, 'eck, Mike, the only time there was a 4-6 scoreline between Villa and United was in 1948! I wasn't even a twinkle in me dad's eye then!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 23 Feb 18 - 08:03 AM

Hi Steve

Yes you are right it was 3-1; apologies.

United under Fergie at their best were a very attractive and exciting team to watch. Especially in injury time !! ( Fergie Time)

I rember when they played ( I think it was) Aston Villa at Villa. They were losing heavily and finished winning 6-4.

A Pundit asked Fergie about his defence weakness. Fergie replied " I am not worried about it. We have the team to beat any team regardless how many they score.

One of today's problems IMHO is that we have too many of Fergies team not only still on the books but playing regularly. We need new blood and a fresh Philosophy.

But to me and thousands like me will still remain faithful to The Red Devils.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 06:18 PM

Well it won't be Mourinho, that's for sure. And I think you're looking at Fergie's tenure, especially in the later years, through rose-coloured specs. "Winning ugly" was a well-known Man U mantra under him. I'd ten times rather watch Liverpool's amazing firepower, coupled with dodgy defence and goalie, keeping me on the edge of me seat. Can't remember the last time United raised a bead of sweat on me brow.

I assume you are referring to the Europa League final two years ago. The score was 1-3, not 0-3. Both Liverpool and Sevilla are now very different teams.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 02:50 PM

Hi Steve

I was referring to the game where Liverpool lost 0-3 to Seville.

I agree with some of your comments. I do not like the style of football that Mourinho is using this season. In fact no manager since Fergie has got United to play the way they did. In fairness to Mourinho he inherited a poor side. Moyes and Van Gaal were responsible for turning a League winning side into a very ordinary team.

However I believe that the modern day fans want results. They don't care how they get them.

I believe it is the younger fans that have this attitude and they are not prepared to wait and let the Managers do their jobs.

You should appreciate this as Liverpool have gone through a similar process.

They look as though they are through the drought and are building a team to take on the best in Europe and The World.

It annoys me to see United playing as they are but I have to hope that someone will see sense and has the necessary skills and experience to change it all.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 09:42 AM

Yes I can spell Mourinho!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 09:41 AM

This was one comment (out of nearly a thousand) on the Guardian website under the match report. I couldn't agree more. Man U are wasting some amazing talent under Mourino. The best thing long-term would be for Man U to win nothing this season then they could get rid of him.

Juan Mata was fantastic at Chelsea, player of the season a few times. Pogba was one of world football most desired midfielders at Juve. Sanchez world class at times at Arsenal. Martial and Rashford 2 of the games most promising young talents, full of pace.
Only Mourinho could blend all this talent and pace into dull negative pedestrian dross.
No excuses about budgets or recruitment policy. He has turned excellent attacking players into a defensive unit totally devoid of any confidence.
United were truly terrible last night. You can dress it up anyway you want but they were awful. Spurs Liverpool and man city also played away games last week and the difference is staggering. Forward thinking managers who play football to get results but also entertain the masses.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 09:26 AM

Well Liverpool drew twice and put five last their goalie so I'm not sure what point you're trying to make there, Mike. And if football isn't for the entertainment of supporters, well I don't know what. Last night's game was played by two very uninspiring sides, United without firepower and Sevilla scared stiff of conceding an away goal. It wasn't exactly a joy to watch, was it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 22 Feb 18 - 09:14 AM

Hi Steve

Well we managed to do something Liverpool could,t !!! Sevilla are well known as a difficult team to beat on their own ground.

Football these days is no for fun. You of all people should know that.

Mourinho had obviously set up a team to get a result and they achieved that. Admitted it wasn't pretty. But like you say job done.

It was a World class performance by David de Gea. I don't think that Lucacu or Sanchez deserve you criticism. I agree with your Pogba comment. He came off the bench and clearly did not want to play. At one point he was laughing and discussing his hair do with one of the opposition as they were taking a corner. I thing his days are numbered. Most United fans hope this can be soon.

I also watched Liverpool v Man United under 19s in the afternoon. Liverpool won 2-0 in a good game. The interesting thing to me was that Liverpool played with the same tactics as the first team. Fast moving attacking play with strong defensive tactics.....very interesting.

Cheers

Mike

Ps please don't harm the crown jewels.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 06:46 PM

How bloody BORING was that. It was clear after fifteen minutes that there was going to be no score. Saw better games at t'Gigg in the sixties when Bury were in Division 2. Totally uninspiring. Ok, job done, but where was the fun? Where was the entertainment? Lukaku shite, Pogba anonymous, Sanchez shite. Fer chrissake. If I were a Man U fan (heaven forfend - I'd rather hack off the family jewels with a rusty machete), I'd be questioning my own sanity right now. I hope Sevilla can find that edge they so sorely lacked tonight when they come to the Theatre of Dreams. The world would be a better place without Man U. And I'm not biased, honest!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 02:13 PM

Chelsea did show guts last night but you can't give that deadly duo a single inch. I'd have Willian in my team any day. Hope the poor chap's face is all right after all that blood streaming from it. Now for Man U getting a thrashing from Seville. Naturally, I didn't want Sevilla to get the better of Liverpool, but, as an Indalophile (a lover of Andalucia), I'd love to see them giving the reds a slap tonight. That's balance, you see. I'll be watching!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 06:46 AM

Hi

The games this week have been crackers . Wigan v Man City kept me entertained right through the game. I thought the sending off correct. I think the ref changed from Yellow to Red because of remarks and behaviour by City players. But the ref needs to confirm this. When Will Grigg scored I nearly knocked my pint over. Great game and result for football.

Watched Chelsea v Barcelona - Again a good match to watch. Barcelona were lucky when the Chelsea defence made a mistake letting in Messie to score. Otherwise Messie was quiet. That away goal may end up priceless for Barcelona.

Booked my seat for United's game tonight with Seville. Hope this keeps up the standard of the earlier games.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 07:07 PM

Delph played dirty in the first half. I know that that shouldn't influence the giving of a straight red but in any case I though that the tackle richly deserved it. The ref's indecision was a very disturbing moment. He should explain himself really. Wigan gave us the best display of serial shot-blocking I've ever seen towards the end. Spectacular! Do City need a sheikh-up?


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 04:49 PM

Eh up!!!!

Wigan beat Manchester City, what a result !!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: olddude
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 11:57 PM

I have seen more cheap shots and shirt pulling this year by every team without penalty.. No great at all they got to fix it


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Senoufou
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 11:53 AM

We were outside Carrow Road stadium in Norwich walking across to the supermarket there, when an enormous ROAR went up. Tim Klose (Norwich City) had equalised against Ipswich Town in the last few seconds of extra time! Final score 1 - 1.

We smiled because scores of Police attended, and they had nothing to do, so many of them came into the supermarket to get a snack. Nice to see all the fans coming out calmly (obviously the odd taunts etc, but nothing dire) and with no trouble, in spite of these two teams being old enemies. I think the Police were bored stiff, but that's better than fights.
My husband was sad, as he'd chosen to wear his thick jacket not his Norwich City strip, but at least he was sporting his woolly Norwich City hat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 10:34 AM

Agreed. They are already illegal, as with goalkeepers' and throw-in transgressions. I suppose there's a balance between keeping the rules and keeping the game moving and that *minor* transgressions can be overlooked as long as the ref is seen to be balancing things out over the game as a whole. In the Liverpool-Spurs game I saw three blatant fouls on Liverpool players within a few minutes of each other go unpunished in the first half (so did Klopp, who commented on them). Then the ref gives Spurs two soft penalties, arguably not penalties at all. Yeah, right...


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 09:52 AM

Hi Steve

Thanks for your thoughts on improving the game. I agree with most of your comments. ( but not the 8-0 one !!!)

I know that football is a contact sport but we should cut all the arm wrestling and shirt pulling and bring back the shoulder to shoulder limitation on contact. Late I see more rugby tackles than at Twickenham.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 09:41 AM

Hi Raggy

Or they could use the Rugby League method which is fast and shows the spectators what the cameras are seeing so they are not hanging in total
ignorance of what is going on.

cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 07:56 AM

The VAR in Rugby Union is normally far quicker than the debacle at Huddersfield yesterday, it may possibly take time for Football to get up to speed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 07:42 AM

Except that United should have won 8-0.

The goal should have been given. Any ref/linesperson giving that without VAR would have attracted no comment whatsoever. The attacker must always have the benefit of the doubt in very close calls. They'll be telling us next that someone or other wouldn't have been offside if only he'd trimmed his nose hair before the game. If we really must have this kind of tech we should reserve it for judging whether the ball has gone over the line or not. And not a wavy line either! Yes there's big money in the game and a wrong offside call can cost a club millions. I don't give a monkeys. Football is a flowing game played and refereed by human beings. That's the way it should stay.

I'd like to see a clampdown on players stealing ten yards or more at throw-ins. I'd also like to see a five-second limit on how long the thrower can hold the ball. Award the throw to the other side. And the time limit on goalkeepers is routinely not observed. Goalies are allowed to hold the ball, including bouncing it, etc., for six seconds only and are allowed to take only four steps. I'd like to see that penalised by the award of a corner kick. We're getting good on unsporting behaviour such as diving. Time-wasting, just as unsporting, is no longer the ploy it used to be but there is still scope to make the game even better at what it should be, free-flowing and a celebration of skill and tactics. One more thing. No subs allowed after the 80th minute except for an injury after which the victim clearly can't carry on (to not include play-actors - ref's call). There isn't a single reason on earth for making multiple subs during added time. Bloody annoying and bloody unsporting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: MikeL2
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 06:30 AM

Hi Raggy

I agree with your comments. This was not a boring game !!! After Lucacu's first goal after only 3 minutes it was a game of 2 halves it was end to end with Huddersfield looking dangerous and had a couple o good chances that they did not take. Mouinho's plan was obviously to let Huddersfield come to them and hit them on the counter-attack. It worked well and in the second half after Lucacu's excellent second goal, assisted by a brilliant run and pass by Sanchez they were on top and stayed that way. Job Done.

Lots of time spent over Mata's "Goal" that turned out after 8.5 minutes being taken for VAR to decide. to have been offside. This must be improved.

As for Pogba, You are right he is not delivering. I think the latest issues are since Sanchez joined. Pogba is now not " top Boy" and doesn't like it. There is no doubt he his a great player but only on his terms. Alex Ferguson got rid of him because "of his attitude" and in the current situation if Fergie was there I have no doubt Pogba would be told to shut up and get on with it. Or he would be up the road. Fergie also had some problems with David Beckham and he sat him on the bench for several matches. He also cleared out Jap Stamm and Roy Keane two of his best players.

It will be interesting to watch how Mourinho deals with it. No Man is bigger than the team.

Lots not to be bored about Steve.....LoL


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Raggytash
Date: 18 Feb 18 - 05:10 AM

Lukaku's display yesterday against Huddersfield was superb, apart from his two goals he worked tirelessly for the team.

This, I believe, sets him apart from Pogba who I consider to be lazy, indolent and uninterested in the outcome of matches.


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Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 16 Feb 18 - 04:47 PM

Sounds boring...


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