Five Points to Ponder from the Weekend

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments


Is the Championship even more predictable than the division above?
West Brom, Boro, Magpies, Bluebirds and Blades have ominously wasted no time at all in colonizing the top six, with Preston the only jostlers. Still, only three of them can get promoted and as the days get shorter, the 46 game schedule can take its toll. Three of these will almost certainly go up but which will prove to be next season’s Charlton or Southampton?

Is Roy Keane a quitter?
The temperatures on Saturday were remarkably similar to those in Saipan in 2002. The Irishman can only quosh the doubters by sticking it out at Portman Road.

Swings and roundabouts?
They say luck evens itself out over the course of the season. Derby County have now triumphed twice with late goals – Rams: you have used your jokers early.

More defensive humblings on the cards?
A defence humbled by now non-league Luton at Wembley last Spring has shipped a quartet of goals for the second time this season. Nigel Adkins’ young Scunthorpe squad is showing creative verve but how many outclassing will there be before the confidence fully diminishes?

A footballing definition of sour grapes?
Reading have purportedly pulled out of a deal to sign Tommy Smith despite the best efforts of Manish Bhasin and Jacqui Oatley. Do you remember when Andy Cole called time on his England career?

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

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