Carrying on with my occasional/more than occasional column for all those little tidbits that do not warrant their own blog post. I have called it ‘Things I think I think’. Today we have a #SurvivalSunday special.
*I am gutted. Seriously gutted that Blackpool have gone down. I know it is a cliché but they have been a breath of fresh air for the league. They couldn’t defend for toffee and tried to overcome that legitimate deficiency by scoring goals. In all honesty their squad wasn’t good enough and I think that gives them even more credit for the way they played. They will be missed.
*Unlike Birmingham. Birmingham are a dull football team who thought they had done it all when they were gifted the Carling Cup by Arsenal. The new owner was said to be willing to put in £70million this summer but now they have been relegated I suspect that won’t happen (not that it was likely to happen anyway mind you). On paper with that chairman, Birmingham should walk the Championship at a canter but I just don’t see it.
*In this day and age how on Earth can players not know what is going on at other grounds? When Wolves scored their second it meant Birmingham had to score again but they didn’t seem to know this. They kept playing with no urgency like they were safe. Was bizzare.
*Wigan stayed up and in all honesty that disappointed me. I know this sounds bad but I don’t like the Wigan in the Premier League story one jot. They play in front of small crowds week in week out and wide open empty sections of stands. Every other Premier League town or city gets fully behind their club and the people of Wigan just don’t. I have visited the stadium and seen Pompey win 0-2 there with goals from Benjani and Glen Johnson so it holds good memories (I wasn’t there the year we stayed up thanks to the Matty T penalty and Benjani goal off his chest) but they just seem like a pointless club (Yes I’m an arrogant so and so…)
*Wolves had their worst 45 minutes of the season at the worst possible time but they just about did enough. I like Big Mick McCarthy so am happy they stayed up but boy were they lucky. They will be down there again next season just like Wigan will be.
*Was great to see my boy Michael Owen score again. He honestly still has it in him to be a top class Premier League striker. He’ll score 15-20 goals a season for a good Premier League club. Not sure who would be a good fit but a club like Villa with their creative players certainly wouldn’t be a bad one. Would he go to his childhood club Everton?
*Arsenal. Oh Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal. Talk about a season collapsing but this has been sad to see. Arsene Wenger needs to spend money this off season to make the move from playing great stuff but falling short to being winners. Heck if Michael Owen would go there he’d be a great addition. They are so close but the past two months has been painful to watch.
*Last but not least yet again Jeff and the boys have shown us that great TV can be had just from watching blokes watching TV. Soccer Saturday and Soccer Special are wonderful programmes and not just the in-game action but the discussion pre-match is first rate and a great prequel to the games. Soccer Saturday yet again the class of the Football watching TV.
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