After the great escape on the last day of last season ,followed by the best world cup tournament in living memory and then a clean sweep in all our pre season games lets hope we can get some points on the board by the end of Aug.
Im more optimistic this season than at the beginning of last season when we looked to be scrambling around for players at the last minute.
Lets hope defensive errors at set pieces.keeper dropping ball in last minute,own goals,missed penalties,avoidable sending offs are not as prominent as they appeared to be last season..
It feels very much like one step forwards and then one step to the side in our efforts to get out of the bottom 4.
Theres no shortage of endeavour on the pitch but its as if at home theres a reluctance to have a go at times..hopefully with our remaining home games being against sides with something to play for ie Play offs this may open the game more..id expect some more high scoring games as per Shrews and Pompey..its gonna get bumpy!!
As much as I enjoyed the game yesterday there were a couple of incidents at the Pearl street which were distasteful.
Who was the middle aged "man" abusing the Pompey goalkeeper even before the game started directly behind the goal..giving him the V sign and the usual hand gestures..as well as verbal abuse..the Keeper just ignored him and several minutes later a steward arrived and moved the perpetrator away..didnt chuck him out as he reappered when the first Dale goal was scored.
Secondly the altercation between 2 or 3 steward and some middle aged "man" looking for a confrontation with one of them ..ended up in a grappling scenario before the police arrived and dealt with the matter.
To all these individuals .there are children inc my own at these games....please take your stoneage behaviours elsewhere...
Just seen the reception given to the City team coach arriving at Anfield..flares going off bottles cans etc thrown at coach..pundit Lampard says “this is what you’ve got to expect”...is he on another planet? The coach is now undriveable a new one will be needed to get the City team away at the end of the game...Liverpool FC have issued an apology...
The back tracking by Lampard and co is laughable..what a shambles..an hour a go it was regarded as being part and parcel of the atmosphere ,now its overstepping the mark...just one or two causing the problem apparently..we’ll thats ok then eh Frank!!
This game gives us a fantastic opportunity to establish links with a quality prem side..Dale will have very little opportunities at a PR level to rub shoulders with the likes of the Spurs management, coaching staff ,directors etc.
We must behave in a completely professional level on and off the pitch and give Spurs a very positive impression of our club from top to bottom,from fan to manager .
Any shenanigans such as what We saw on Tues will be the detriment of any such relationship... A few half wits could scupper any chance we may have in Spurs looking at sending any of their young talent of which they'll be ample for a spell at Spotland.
So lets enjoy the day the next opportunity may not come for many years!!!
Arsenal to Juventus to Rochdale...What a week for the Spurs players and fans alike!!!
Lets hope we get chance to play against top prem team should we get passed Millwall.
I cant see a scenario where we would get picked for a Tv game..if any of the prem teams draw each other esp Man C Man u Chelsea or Spurs cant see Newport putting them out at Wembley) these will be the games selected.