Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday open thread


Guess its a late start today. Wigan are at Villa right now on FSC, while later Everton travel to Man U. Other 10 am games include Arsenal hosting West Ham, Bolton hosting Spurs, Fulham against Pompey at Craven Cottage, West Brom at Hull, and Boro hosting Big Sam's boys. Discuss amongst yourselves...

102 comments:

Ian said...

Come on Wigan!

Goat said...

Bendtner on for RVP but otherwise the same lineup from Wednesday's shit show, I believe.

Goat said...

Denilson sucks my ass.

Spectator said...

Arsenal the better side so far but our set pieces have been crap.

Goat said...

"Bendtner's cheek caught the head of James Collins." Way to spin that.

Goat said...

Spectator--at least that' better than Wednesday. Today, I can at least see them scoring.

Spectator said...

Abou Diaby seems to have mastered the late tackle.

Meanwhile, Citeh's shit show continues, having lost to Stoke 1-0.

Ian said...

The contrast between Bendtner and Ade is stunning. I'm not even sure the latter should be on the pitch if he is going to give this shoddy of an effort.

Ian said...

When did Wigan steal Spartak's road kit?

Goat said...

My feed's down.

Ibracadabra said...

daniel de ridder looks like he should be playing the drums for soundgarden or alice in chains, not playing one-twos with mido.

Spectator said...

Yup mine too

Spectator said...

Meanwhile, Heskey has slotted in and looks like he's been playing for Villa for years.

Goat said...

Which works out fine because my two year old is insistent on watching The Lion Sleeps Tonight on Youtube.

Mike Georger said...

Has anyone seen my liver?

Ibracadabra said...

I think someone named Sebastien Grenier just scored for Bolton. No confirmation on any relation to Vinnie Chase of Entourage.

Spectator said...

Vela on for an injured Eboue... I found a feed that freezes every 2 seconds.

phil said...

Hey! Look! An unmarked man heads home against Spurs.

Michael Dawson is not an EPL quality CB. So he'll probably shine with us in the colaship next season. Wanker.

And the foul called on Palacios just now was complete bollocks.

phil said...

This is by far the best match Bentley has had for Spurs. And it's being wasted.

Goat said...

Any idea what happened to Eboue? I hope it's nothing serious, just enough to keep him out the rest of the year.

Ian said...

1543: Still no breakthrough for Arsenal, and Dominic Fifield can report that "the home fans around the press box are taking their frustrations out on Eboue and Bendtner, surprise surprise. It's as if they expect Arsenal to run up a cricket score - as if Pires, Henry, Vieira, Ljungberg and Bergkamp were strutting their stuff out on the pitch rather than the current crop. All very unrealistic. Eboue's just crumpled to the turf injured and some of the home fans are even saying: 'Get him off, get him off, get him off.'"

phil said...

And Dawson concedes a corner after beating his man to the ball. What a hopeless f*ckwit.

Ibracadabra said...

phil - but doesn't 'Arry love Dawson because of his "Effort" and "endeavor."

And he overpays for Palacios who has similar "hard nosed" qualities right? But what's with bringing back Chimbonda? And what's with Huddlestone playing and playing well for stretches and then sitting on the bench for stretches...

much is made about Spurs' financially and from the board room and on the pitch - but is it time we just admit that 'Arry doesn't have the team set up in the right shape - relies to much on Modric - and just can't find his best team after a few months?

i don't know - just coming from a neutral...

ü75 said...

Hey look, a Proactiv commercial. Awesome. I gotta get me some of that.

phil said...

Iba, I'm more of the mind that 'Arry is trying to remake a squad that was completely cocked up by Wandy, but his dedication to Dawson and Zokora, who are equally worthless, is nothing new to Spurs. Jol had it, Wandy had it, and now 'Arry's got it. I don't grasp it.

He's playing Bentley through the middle, behind Pavs today, in a 4-5-1, and Bentley's playing well. Modric is on the wing. I agree that 'Arry relies too much on the man.

Ibracadabra said...

phil -

interesting that you mention the last three managers relied on zokora/dawson. good point and one that does seem a bit strange.

they are good squad players, and play for the team without flair but with some dedication, but a team aiming for Europe probably shouldn't feature them more than as substitutes or during times of congested fixtures...

Perhaps they are just absolutely brilliant in training? Maybe they have the greatest strength/stamina in the world? I just don't know what it is but there must be SOMETHING behind closed doors with Dawson that just doesn't translate to Saturdays and Sundays..

oh well - I've always been a big Defoe fan, so sad to see him out with injury. good luck...

Ibracadabra said...

in other more vital news, my fantasy team is looking great with Bernard Mendy somehow finding the back of the net. Only his second career Premier League goal.

Andrew said...

Good morning all. Just managed to get my wifi working; miss anything in the Gunners match?

Ibracadabra said...

Andrew -

RvP rested. Eboue injured. And Arsenal looking odds-on favorites to win the UEFA Cup next year.

Spectator said...

They came out brightly in the second half at least.

phil said...

In an effort to have more offside flag and more unmarked men on set pieces, 'Arry brings on Bent and Jenas.

Andrew said...

fuck. thanks.

Anyone have a stream? My Goals from Iraq aren't working.

phil said...

I've lost my stream and can't find a new one. F*ck you, EPL.

Ibracadabra said...

Fulhamerica sign Giles Barnes. Dangerous news for Clinton Dempsey fans...

phil said...

Dawson adds a booking to an already stellar day.

Andrew said...

Found a stream. Live 2 net dot blogsot dot com

ü75 said...

Arsenal players who score: Jay Simpson for WBA. 1-1 there.

ü75 said...

Villa really should be winning. Still 0-0.

Andrew said...

I had the pleasure of playing power hour to the sound of Joy Division last night. Easier to stomach than the shit I'm seeing from the Arse right now.

Spectator said...

CRAP! Ade with the best chance of the game and he misses wide, and then Vela can't connect on another cross. Please score already, Arsenal.

ü75 said...

Fuck you Ade.

ü75 said...

Hey, I'm at least a minute behind Speccy. Good to know.

Andrew said...

I maintain my assertion that Denilson is not, in fact, Brazilian.

Ibracadabra said...

good match here Villa - Wigan. Rodallega to net the 87th min 1-0 winner?

Andrew said...

RVP on for Bendtner. Both of them can play on the field at the same time, right?

phil said...

BAE with a handball. Spurs are a comedy of errors. Making SF Bolton look like a top 4 squad.

ü75 said...

John Carew--worst ever bicycle attempt--66th minute.

phil said...

And Spurs are back in the zone. Dawson and Co. fail to clear, and Davies slots it home. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

phil said...

Listless, wasteful effort today from Spurs. Pisspoor.

Spectator said...

Arsenal with 95% of the possession in this half, a ton of chances, and it's still nil-nil. Ugh.

ü75 said...

You gotta bury that. Don't hit it right at Green.

Andrew said...

Gunners are throwing up settlements in the West Ham end a la the West Bank. But still no goals. This is becoming a regular Saturday morning irritant.

ü75 said...

Holy fuck, how did Villa not score there?

Spectator said...

And how did Villa not score? And how did Titus Bramble get the final save?

phil said...

Needing two goals to manage a point, 'Arry burns his final sub, and brings on Chimbonda for Corluka.

/baffled

Ibracadabra said...

spectator - how? he got it in slow motion, same way he does everything else.

Andrew said...

Vela, if you want to dive, go to Italy. Not here, buddy.

ü75 said...

Hey look, a Spurs goal sighting.

ü75 said...

Wigan get caught with a keeper backpass. Villa still don't score,

Spectator said...

OMG how did Villa not score from a freekick ten feet away from goal??

phil said...

And Chimbonda makes me eat my words, as he sets Bent up with a beautiful through ball. 2-1 on 73'

ü75 said...

Kirkland's not a very good keeper if he doesn't have defenders on the line, I'll say that.

phil said...

HOLY SCREAMING EAGLE SHIT! Spurs find the equalizer!

phil said...

Bent again!

ü75 said...

HSES, indeed. Chimbonda involved in this one too?

Andrew said...

My stream is down again. Need updates on Gunners.

Can't we please just score a goal? Just one fucking goal?

ü75 said...

OK, I've decided that Villa's finishing is embarrassing. Another point-blank shot gets knocked over the bar.

phil said...

Sort of. He crossed in for Palacios, who took an awkward header that Jaaskelainen knocked right into Bent's feet.

ü75 said...

No Andrew, Arsenal cannot.

ü75 said...

Vela gets taken out at full speed by Neill. Yellow card.

phil said...

Fulhamerica are stomping Pompey. 3-0 now.

Spectator said...

@u75: I give credit to Wigan's defense.... Villa have had about 10 shots on goal cleared off the line.

ü75 said...

(as in Neill came through at full speed on a static Vela)

ü75 said...

Well, yeah, but you gotta be able to put them where they ain't, right? Kirkland's flapping at everything out there, taking himself out of plays, only to be saved by one guy on the line. The last one that went over the bar was down to not maintaining position. Cares (I think) had defender on his back and the ball at his feet six yards out, but didn't hold the guy off. Result--corner kick.

Andrew said...

Arsnal currently has 21 shots, but just three on goal. In the words of someone more intelligent than me, "Wtf?"

ü75 said...

What;s this with Diaby? Is it serious? I missed it.

ü75 said...

And that was Carew, not Cares that had the golden opportunity.

ü75 said...

Aberdeen are back to dropping points. Boo.

4 minutes added time, Andrew.

phil said...

Gah. Stunningly bad defending. Bolton go back up on 86'

phil said...

Once again, Dawson fails to mark his man, and Kevin Davies nods home the winner.

ü75 said...

Dawson again?

ü75 said...

If RvP takes that to his weak right foot, he has a much better angle.

Spectator said...

Looks like Arsenfifth can't even manage to take advantage of Villa dropping points.

Andrew said...

This is terrible. We don't have the required personnel for CL.

phil said...

A combination of Dawson, Jenas, and Woodgate all failing to get up in the air, and Dawson not marking anyone before the ball was in the air. We haven't been able to defend set pieces since Jol left.

ü75 said...

Full time. 0-0 at Emirates.

/Balls.

Andrew said...

That's it. Thanks Umlaut for the updates. I'm already trying to forget this.

I love how we can have an unbeaten and a winless streak at the same time.

Spectator said...

Haha, now we not only have Proactiv ads to look forward to but also Hooters ads. FSC's ad sales are a joke.

phil said...

Spurs drop their fourth straight on the road. 'Arry must find a back line that can defend on set pieces. Both of Davies's goals came from set pieces, one when we failed to clear, and another when we failed to mark.

jjf3 said...

well, so much for the 1st episode of Special 1 TV. Just a retrospective of IOSS instead...

jjf3 said...

Jesus, Rovers can't find any way to push one across against a team in free fall? And back to the drop zone we go...Fuck.

BentPav said...

We are Tottenham Super Tottenham. What the fuck. I cant believe when I go over to see Spurs next yr I will be at Loftus Rd instead of The Emirates. Cmon lads, gets stuck in. We need something from the Arsenal game

Precious Roy said...

And with that goes any confidence I had that the Arse would finish in the top 4. Missed a chance to pick up 2 on Villa and at least 2 on tomorrow's match.

Fuck.

jjf3 said...

penalty to ManU. How original...

Mike Georger said...

Don't think that was in the box, but I guess the FA needs to reward United somehow after mean old UEFA suspended Vidic.

If Ronaldo wins player of the year, I'm gonna cry.

Mike Georger said...

Mr. Red Devil is such a boner biter.

How anyone can genuinely get excited about United is beyond me.

Precious Roy said...

No way... A borderline call goes United's way? This league is stupid.

The NY Kid said...

FOR FUCK'S SAKE GUNNERS!

Mike Georger said...

Tevez reminds me of the Boy George impersonator from The Wedding Singer.

Mike Georger said...

United denied a second penalty. Just when the refs will start to respect Ferguson, I do not know. Guess their paychecks are going to be a little lighter this week.

Precious Roy said...

I think more than almost anything in the world I would like see, when SAF does his little watch tap when HE thinks it's full time, for the 4th official to go over and sucker punch him in the face.

That would be awesome.

Precious Roy said...

Probably easier to be a world class defender when you can get away with so much because you're wearing red.