Points dropped, points gained…the title still up for grabs

Points dropped, points gained…the title still up for grabs

Thoughts from the weekend


Points Dropped, Points Gained...The Title Still Up For Grabs

Amidst all the furore surrounding referee Kevin Friend being dropped for the Stoke City v Tottenham game because his best friends dog had wagged its tail at a Leicester fan, it seems that Leicester City were left with a Tottenham fan in charge of their match against West Ham. Jon Moss sent off Jamie Vardy and gave a penalty at both ends in a controversial match that ended 2-2. Leicester dropping points for the first time in a long while but crucially, despite having only 10 men, they got a draw with a last minute penalty. Last night Tottenham kept the pressure up by thrashing Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Spurs are now 5 points behind Leicester with only 4 games to play. What an exciting end to the season it will be. Importantly, it should not matter who the referee supports or watches during his time off. A job is a job and a decision that needs to be made should be done without ulterior motive. This nail biting end to the season means that every decision will be scrutinised. Let’s hope that it is the football we are talking about and not the referees come the end.


sunv norw

North East Rises Again

What it must be like to live in the North East at the moment. The pendulum swings from complete and utter desolation one week to sheer joy and renewed belief the next. Sunderland went to Norwich knowing that a win would put them firmly back in the race for survival. They did it in a clinical and proactive manner that resembles their manager Sam Allardyce. Having never been relegated before, surely there aren't many other managers in the world who you would want instead of Big Sam to guide you home. Rafa Benitez claimed his first win as Newcastle boss as the Toon overturned a poor Swansea team 3-0. There is renewed belief in the North East and it makes for an uneasy time in the yellow half of East Anglia.



Man City are coming back to life

Early in the season Man City were cruising and looking the most likely to claim another Premier League title in the absence of a fight from Chelsea or Manchester United. City’s experience meant they were favourites for the title but then something changed, their form dipped and Pep Guardiola was announced as their new manager for next season. It was as if the season was written off and the players were already looking to next season. However, they won the League Cup and have since picked up in form with a new sense of belief culminating in securing a place in the Champions League semi finals. On Saturday they showed just how far ahead of Chelsea they are this season by winning 3-0 away from home. Can Man City keep up the good work and win another trophy this season?


more thoughts and reflections coming next week