Gamblers Anonymous

How typical it is that, on the weekend that the FA schedule the big four to be playing against each other, that the most interesting story of the weekend should come at The Madejski Stadium, during Reading’s 3-1 defeat of Sheffield United, where Neil Warnock and the Reading assistant manager Wally Downes were sent off for nearly having a fight with each other. As you might expect, I’m not going to join what will doubtlessly be a chorus of moral outrage over this sort of incident. I think it’s great, and should be encouraged more. Actually, I’d like it to be taken to its logical conclusion, with Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson dressed as gladiators, fighting to the death in a boxing ring that has been lowered in on top of the centre circle. We can but hope. The Big Four managed to surprise us all, with defeats for Chelsea and Manchester United leaving things very much as you were. Chelsea were particularly appalling at Liverpool yesterday lunchtime, but this is turning into a particularly frustrating season for Liverpool supporters. Dumped out of the FA Cup and League Cup a couple of weeks ago, their season is still effectively over (bar the Champions League match against Barcelona) – even more so, now that defeats for Bolton and Portsmouth both lost at the weekend, allowing Arsenal to open up a...

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