Tag: Bristol City

Neil Warnock & The Phantom Goal

Sometimes, one has to wonder whether this sort of thing follows Neil Warnock around. In 2007, Sheffield United were relegated on the last day of the season after Carlos Tevez scored an unlikely winner for West Ham United at Old Trafford. In February 2008, he accused a linesman of celebrating a goal for Bristol City in a match against his Crystal Palace team. Last weekend, in what threatened to overshadow everything else that took place over the three divisions of the Football League, Crystal Palace ran into more problems at Ashton Gate with a “goal that never was” in their Championship match against – again – Bristol City. They had been playing for half an hour at Ashton Gate on Saturday when Palace’s Freddie Sears drove the ball past the onrushing Bristol City goalkeeper Dean Gerken and into the bottom corner of the net. Except for one small detail. The ball bounced up off the metal rim that holds the net down and bounced out. The referee and his assistants presumably thought that the ball bounced out off the post and refused to give a goal. In the final minutes of the match, insult was layered upon injury when Nicky Maynard scored the only goal (that was awarded) of the match for Bristol City. Cue an expected amount of apoplexy from Warnock and the Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan....

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Tony Adams Will Not Win “Manager Of The Year”

Portsmouth’s 2-0 at Bristol City in the FA Cup papered over a couple more cracks in what is rapidly becoming a disastrous season for the Hampshire club. The Premier League table remains kind to them – they have won just once in the last two months in the Premier League, and some of those matches have been against eminently beatable opposition – and they seem to be perilously close to being in a position of financial meltdown, losing players left, right and centre. They lost Harry Redknapp earlier in the season (a subject we’ll return to later), though the jury is still out on whether this is necessarily a bad thing for them or not. Most troubling of all for them, however, is that they have an individual running the show who manages to combine, within his personality, none of the attributes that would expect a prospective employer would look for when looking to hire the manager of a football club, whilst displaying (and having displayed) several character traits that make one wonder aloud as to his suitability for the role. Be truthful now: how many of you expect Tony Adams to be successful as Portsmouth’s manager? A quick review of their season so far doesn’t offer much by the way of consolation. One mught have expected them to challenge for a European place this season off the back...

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FA Cup Third Round Preview

Another FA Cup Third Round has come around, and again the biggest clubs in the land have to get down and dirty against teams that they don’t usually have to come up against. With the Premier League looking like it will go to the wire again this season, more managers will be tempted to take their chances and field weakened sides this weekend. The wisdom of this is, of course questionable. From a practical point of view, Reading’s experience of last season demonstrated that picking half a first team in the Third Round and getting knocked out as quickly as possible doesn’t make a jot of difference if your form is in free-fall. Still, let’s take a moment to enjoy (then) Reading striker Dave Kitson’s comment on the last subject from last January: We are not going to win the FA Cup and I do not care less about it, to be honest. Who says that romance is dead, eh? Just as a quick coda to Kitson’s Premier League odyssey with Reading last season, let’s just bring ourselves up to date with how that all turned out. Reading were relegated at the end of the season, and Dave Kitson was transferred to Stoke City at the end of last season. So far, he has failed to score this season in the Premier League. Quite aside from any practical considerations...

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