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  • So the deed is done. Cautious Carlos Carvalhal has paid the price for not not playing a proven goalscorer in Tammy Abraham and for reverting to type. For doing what he did previously at Sheffield Wednesday and trying to win football matches while playing, at most, one man up front. Why did he do it again? I don't know. Did he learn nothing from the meek manner in which his Wednesday said lost the Championship play off semi-final to Huddersfield? Clearly not.

    Swansea City have confirmed that the man they almost offered a secure contract to in February . . .

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    By on 10th May 2018
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  • Charlie Adam on relegation for Stoke City: “Some players have been getting away with murder.”

    By on 8th May 2018

    He’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I have always found Charlie Adam to be a straight talker when...

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  • So who among you predicted Huddersfield Town would get a 0-0 draw away at Manchester City, and on the very day the Champions were presented with the Premier League trophy?

    No, not me either.

    I have never known a football season like this past one. It has been the most extraordianry, unpredictable one that I can remember.

    This past weekend alone, in addition to that amazing result in Manchester, we saw relegated Sunderland beat Champions Wolves 3-0 and Cardiff only manage to draw 0-0 at home against a poor Reading side. Not that it prevented Cardiff being . . .

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    By on 7th May 2018
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  • I don't envy those football supporters who face a nervous weekend.

    I'd much rather settle for mid table mediocrity than be involved in a relegation battle.

    It's horrible, as a fan, to go into the last game of the season needing a point or three for your team to stay up. You have one eye on the match in front of you, and one ear tuned to the radio to hear how other clubs are getting on. Or worse, you rely on the Chinese whispers coming at you from all directions in the crowd. The number of . . .

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    By on 3rd May 2018
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  • It should be a gripping weekend next Saturday and Sunday as the domestic football season comes to a boiling point.

    In the Championship, it's the last set of fixtures on Sunday May 6th.

    Cardiff need only to win at home against hopeless Reading for them to be promoted to the Premier League. Fulham must go to Birmingham, who should escape relegation but are not mathematically safe. All Fulham can do is win and hope that Cardiff slip up. Unlikely.

    That would leave Fulham in the play offs along with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and either Derby, Preston or Millwall.

    Derby . . .

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    By on 30th April 2018
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  • What a performance from Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Roma.

    And what about those goals from Mo Salah. Fabulous finishing.

    It's not what any of their fans will want to hear right now, but Liverpool will really have their work cut out to keep him at Anfield. You would imagine that next January, or during the summer of 2019, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona will come calling for his services. If, that is, he proves not to be a one season flash in the pan. I think he is anything . . .

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    By on 26th April 2018
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  • The best winning football tips last weekend included a win for Sheffield Wednesday at odds of 13/10, Middlesbrough at 2/1, Wolves at Evens, Cardiff at 1/2, Aston Villa at 3/4 and Wigan at 8/15.

    Some of those clubs are in action this midweek, but the main attention will be upon the first legs of the Champions League semi finals.

    Not so long ago it looked as though this would be a vintage year for English clubs in the competition. But now all hopes rest on the shoulders of Liverpool Football Club.

    Can they bring the . . .

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    By on 23rd April 2018
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  • So now we know. Finally. Arsene Wenger has announced his 22 year reign at Arsenal will come to an end this season. I am no Arsenal fan but I for one hope he can go out on a high and win the Europa League next month.

    Perhaps this weekend Arsenal supporters will award him the standing ovation his decades of work deserves, Yes, he's stayed longer than he should have. But any Arsenal fan who says he has not improved the state of the club as a whole is plain wrong.

    I was there at the press conference when . . .

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    By on 20th April 2018
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  • Just when you thought the Champions League was predictable and boring, it turns more into what the European Cup used to be in what my generation would call "the good old days."

    Then Roma turnaround a 3-0 first leg deficit against a Barcelona side that was, under instructions from their manager, too defensive in Italy. Barca players were urging their boss to let them be more expansive, even when they were 2-0 down on the night but still ahead on aggregate. But he would not let them. Foolish man.

    The next night, Real Madrid have an English referee . . .

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    By on 12th April 2018
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  • I went out of the house when Manchester City led Manchester United 2-0 at half time. It should have been 5-0 at that stage.

    I returned home to discover United had fought back to win 2-3 in part thanks to Paul Pogba remembering he was a gifted footballer and could have an impact on a football match. Which begs the question, why not more often, Paul?

    Credit to United players and management for turning it around in the second half. Heaven knows what was said in the dressing room at half time, but it worked. Man City . . .

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    By on 9th April 2018
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