Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Stray Wasp, Feb 6, 2012.
Stoke are a joke
Yeah time to say good bye to Stoke again. I still find it funny that it was once a badge of honour to be able to beat them "on a rainy day @ Stoke". Everyone is doing that now...
Warnock leaves Cardiff, did well to get them into the Prem but off to a slow start this season
Bolton into the positive points after beating MK Dons, still 12 points from safety but getting better results last few weeks
Barnsley going a bit outside the box with their next manager, close to hiring Austrian Gerhard Struber who is currently manager of Wolfsberger, former Red Bull Salzburg assistant and youth manager. He has done very well at Wolfsberger, got them to 3rd place in the Austria BL and into the Europa League this season
Hah what have they done to piss you off? Locally owned, locally run, even locally sponsored team in the Premier league for 10 years. Respect that. Will be back up in the next 5 years I reckon.
Oldest club in the Football League.
How about a little respect for that as well.
It wasnt funny in the winter when the stadium had 3 open corners to the elements (It's on a hill in the middle of nowhere, windy AF) and deal with a squad who fit Tony Pulis to a T. It wasn't Stoke calling it a fortress. It was the other clubs and their away support.
As far as saying goodbye again? It's still possible.
2 wins on the trot Michael ONeill has them playing as a team again and looking to climb mid table and hold off. Only a 30% chance of getting relegated now by the bookies when it looked 99.9% certain a month ago with useless Nathan Jones at the helm.
Stoke play like c*nts, have always played like c*nts, and boo players that have the audacity to get their leg broken by Ryan Shawcross. Stokes fanbase and brand of football are easy to hate, people obviously enjoy Stoke struggling, I know I am loving it. Ever since the Aaron Ramsey situation Stoke have been disliked for good reason.
I've been watching WBA mostly this season (because of Bilic), but what strikes me the most in the Championship is how physical it is.
And also, there are some absolute horror tackles almost every game out there.
Figured as much. People are still banging on about that. They can't point to anything else. That defines us.
They didn't boo him because he got his leg broken. They didn't take glee in it, I sure didn't.
Shawcross made a mistake and literally cried all the way off the pitch.
He apologized profusely and Ramsey was having none of it. That's why they chose to boo him in the future.
Besides, Stoke was getting branded a rugby team by Arsene long before and after... because they had his number.
Did that Stoke squad play hard? Definitely. Were they ***** and thugs? According to the press but not in reality.
Not to mention the first years in the Premier League when people said Stoke were basically cheating with the long throw. It started long before Ramsey.
People have been picking on little old Stoke for ages. Such anger. It's quite funny. Relegation? It happens. It was a blast and they'll be back.
WBA and Leeds starting to create a gap with the chasing pack, however Forest do have a game in hand which won't be played until late January
Portsmouth has improved their form recently, and are looking more like the team they were expected to be.
I watched WBA vs Bristol in midweek, and they were brilliant.
Top Bilic football. Absolutely brilliant.
And yesterday was the other end of it - some really dire football vs Preston, especially in the second half.
Won on a dodgy penalty in the 90th minute, but I guess you take it and run - gotta win ugly as well as pretty.
Ref was horrible btw. Dodgy penalty aside (not a pen IMO), I don't understand how the Preston guys ended the game without a single yellow card.
The big center forward alone threw his elbow into people's faces three different times.
West Brom hammered Swansea, Leeds won while Fulham lost. West Brom now 10 points above third place Fulham with Leeds having an 8 point lead. The middle of the table is still tight with teams as low as 15th place Millwall within reach of playoff places
COYB! 10 points clear of a playoff spot.
Baggies have done the opposite of what we've done. Only 1 loss to boot.
That and GF makes me assume they'll "yo-yo" back up. Leeds god only knows. The inevitable collapse?
78 points left but I'm already looking at other teams to drop points so we can faceplant into safety.
Tony Scholes is beyond incompetent and it's a very deep hole he's made, in regards to FFP.
West Brom pull a win out of the fire after being down 2-1. Good for them
Leeds blew a three goal lead at home to Cardiff with the tying goal coming moments after Cardiff went down to 10
Fulham lose again to Brentford who move up to 4th. Wonder if they are serious about keeping Scott Parker around for much longer
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