Should Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League this weekend, there will undoubtedly be a stream of bullsh*t dictating that darling ‘Arry did a better job to get fourth last season.
However, just look at it like this. Should Spurs beat Sunderland on Sunday (like that, alliteration fans?) they will have their highest ever Premier League points total. That’s despite losing Luka Modric and Ledley King and having 1.5 strikers in the squad for most of the season. In any other season since 1995 Spurs would have enough points to have made the top four, and have had significant injury problems. read more »
Whilst Jackson Martinez did eventually score both of his Porto side’s goals in a 2-1 home victory over Rio Ave last night, it is just as well that the striker did so, because his penalty after half an hour was absolutely shocking.
“I apologize to my team mates and the fans of FC Porto. I appreciate the confidence of the group and in particular Lucho, as captain, giving me confidence to take another one”
As Martinez referred to, fifteen minutes later he was given the opportunity to make up for his stupid miss, and this time drove the spot kick into the right corner. One suspects that he may have taken his last chipped penalty.
The look on the face of both manager and player is exactly the same, which just about sums it up.
It doesn’t rain, but it pours. Paul Lambert is in charge of a side seemingly sinking into decline, and this is not just a recent problem. Only three sides in the country gained less points per game in 2012 than Villa, and they have been in relegation form for the best part of two years.
Lambert has been credited for using youth, but there are no prizes gained for doing so, and football is a business that awards little importance to anything but results. With owner Randy Lerner being coerced into dipping into his pocket once again to stave off the fear of relegation, Lambert could really do with impressing the American with a decent performance. Ipswich at home might be the ideal fixture to do so, but it also appears as a worrying banana skin on the near horizon. read more »