The Revolution Will Be Televised

Well, that was about as predictable as could have been expected, wasn’t it? Chelsea, the pan-European footballer hoovers, brushed Manchester City aside with the sort of consideration that most people would give to an irritating insect, whilst Manchester United did a similar job against Fulham, although Fulham had a certain degree of culpability here, through defending in a thoroughly wretched manner. The sort of performance that indicates a season of struggle ahead. Elsewhere in the Premiership, the results were somewhat less predictable. Liverpool and Arsenal were fortunate to get a point against Sheffield United and Aston Villa respectively, Tottenham were dismal against Bolton, and Portsmouth were excellent in beating Blackburn Rovers at a canter. Result of the day though, I suppose, goes to Reading who, having made no major changes to their squad over the summer, came from two goals down to beat Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium. I’m not enormously keen on Reading, primarily because their chairman named their new ground after himself, but they seem pretty well equipped for the Premiership, although they’re unlikely to find themselves playing against another team that’s as lethargically charitable as Gareth Southgates’ Hapless Middlesbrough (I’m considering copyrighting that phrase) again this season. Well, at least until they play Watford. In The Championship, Birmingham and Cardiff are the early pace-setters. Birmingham beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in one of those matches that ITV...

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