Day: November 11, 2008

Find Out What It Means To Me

Joe Kinnear, one suspects, has been out of football for too long. If he hadn’t been, he wouldn’t have been as completely unaware of the FA’s much publicised “Respect” campaign, and could have save himself a journey from Newcastle down to Soho Square to answer some questions that the FA might have to ask him about the comments that he made about referee Martin Atkinson after their defeat at Fulham on Sunday. He described Atkinson as “a Mickey Mouse referee”, after Atkinson failed to award a free kick to Newcastle shortly before awarding a penalty to Fulham which Danny Murphy converted to send all three points to Craven Cottage. Never mind the fact that Atkinson (who, presumably doesn’t have the gift of being able to see thirty seconds into the future) couldn’t possibly have predicted that not awarding said free kick would inevitably lead to Newcastle’s defence deciding to scythe down Andy Johnson as he ran into the penalty area. It happened to Joe, so Joe is angry about it. The decision gave Joe the perfect opportunity to deflect any criticism away from himself and his team for a largely anaemic performance in this match. It’s not the first time that Joe has done this in his few weeks in charge at St James Park. After their match against Manchester City, he stated that, “There’s always a smart answer...

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Match Of The Week – AFC Wimbledon 1-4 Wycombe Wanderers

In the end, it was all a step too far. AFC Wimbledon were outdone last night by a Wycombe side that was that little bit fitter, taller and better organised than they were. No-one can have any complaints about the result. To say that this was the only thing that mattered last night, however, would be to misinterpret the significance of the evening. This was the evening that Wimbledon re-entered the national stage, and the club that an FA committee had once famously said were not in “the wider interests of football” pulled it off brilliantly. There were times yesterday when it looked as if the match wouldn’t take place at all. Pouring rain across the whole of the south of England coupled with a failure to cover the pitch meant that it was touch and go whether the pitch would be playable or not. However, volunteers at their Kingsmeadow stadium worked throughout the day to ensure that the pitch was in the best possible condition to play. Over 4,500 tickets had been sold for this match and the television cameras were there. Nothing was going to get in the way of this match going ahead. It was, indeed, something of a strange sight to see the mobile broadcasting unit of Setanta Sports parked up behind the Kingston Road goal. Wimbledon play at a level that isn’t televised very...

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