England v Moldova

Friday 6th September 2013

I watched the documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW0ebsf7ZRs earlier on in the day, documenting one of the worst England managers in history, as he failed to qualify for USA 94, despite having players like Shearer, Gazza, Seaman, Ince, Platt etc

Watching Graham Taylor flounder in a situation of his own making was embarrassing at the time in 1993, but watching it 20 years on hasn’t made the spectacle any easier to stomach or easier to forgive. Taylor really had no idea what he was doing…and we made him the NATIONAL team manager!

Later on in the day, I went to watch England play a world cup qualifier, and the parallels were shocking…Roy Hodgson is Graham Taylor. As clueless as each other, and getting similar results. I suddenly go the feeling that not only will England fail to qualify for Brazil as group winners, but if they do get through the play offs, it will be a shambles even greater than South Africa…despite Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Ashley Cole, etc

preview Stoke @ Anfield @ 1500 BST 7th Oct 2012

Sunday 7th October 2012

The Reds will aim to bounce back from Thursday’s harsh 3-2 Europa League defeat to Udinese and record back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premier League when we welcome back Owen, Crouch and Adam as part of the Stoke squad.

The three Udinese strikes worryingly brings our tally of goals conceded to 20 in just 12 matches this season. In the Premier League we’ve conceded 12 goals in just six games, the third worst record in the league behind Southampton, who’ve conceded 18, and Q.P.R. and Norwich who have conceded 13 apiece. We’ve won just one of the last six games we’ve played at home this season in all competitions.

Last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 0-0 draw.

It will be interesting to see if there is a specific game plan in mind to combat Stoke’s direct style, especially considering how fragile our defence has looked this season.

Likely team