Triumph of the Middle Class?

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Often Partisan says:

    agree I’m fed up of people calling it a poor season. A poor season is like in la liga where the top clubs spank the crap ones 6-0 every week.
    Birmingham winning a cup (okay I’m biased) and Stoke getting to FA cup final means this season was a good one as at least there is different names on (some of) the trophies!
    Also think the criticism Pulis comes in for is unfair – I think managing a side like Stoke it’s alright saying that they should play pretty football but look at Mobray’s Albion – pretty football just led to relegation. They key for staying up is first and foremost solidity at the back more than anything else in football. That’s why teams like Stoke (Shawcross and Huth) and Birmingham (Johnson and Dann/Jiranek) have had more success this year than say Wolves or Blackpool. They may be exciting to watch but in practise this just means they concede loads! Roy Hodgson has also tightened up the defense at Albion hence their move away from relegation – in 45 mins agaisnt West Ham they conceded 3, in their first 3 games under Hodgson they conceded 3. So the point is that there’s a limit to how pretty and open you can make your side without conceding too many at the level that Pulis is managing. Teams take stick from scoring from a set piece but these are part of the game, and if you’ve got big players like Stoke a good chance to score. I think Pulis is a good manager and if he wasn’t Stoke would likely be in the Championship by now!

  2. Had Chelsea won today then three teams would still have a good shout at the league flag with two games to go. It’s still far from clear who will be relegated. Overall this has been a splendidly unpredictable season. In fact I don’t actually know anyone who has said otherwise.

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