Roy keeps the same starting 11 that beat Blackburn last week as we take on Bolton this afternoon.
Starting XI : Reina, Konchesky, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Lucas, Meireles, Maxi, Cole, Gerrard, Torres
Subs : Hansen, Poulsen, Jovanovic, Spearing, Kelly, Shelvey, Ngog.
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The Man. Utd – Spurs match revealed the horrendously clear unparalleled favouritisms enjoyed by Utd. I won’t be delving into the legitimacy of Nani’s goal per se (although many critics believe Nani handled the ball so a free kick should have been awarded). I will focus on the events that took place while match referee Mark Clattenburg summoned his linesman, or assistant referee, to explain how matters turned out from his perspective. Here’s the video clip of the whole incident:
Nani’s Controversial Goal
I’d like to point the reader to 0:45 when Mr Clattenburg walks towards the linesman in an effort to clarify matters. Just as the referee reaches his assistant, a raging Rio Ferdinand enters the scene and stays rooted by the two officials shouting out hell knows what in an attempt to influence both into allowing the controversial goal.
Now isn’t that unsporting behaviour? Should the discussion of such an important incident (the result of which effectively destroyed any motivation left for Spurs to find an equaliser) be carried out in the presence of players? I’m no referee and I cannot comment on what the rules say (maybe some of our readers can shine some light), but by logic alone, it is highly unadvisable to have players involved in the decision-making of such matters as this inevitably leads to bias. I was utterly disgusted by Ferdinand’s behaviour and even more troubled by Mr Clattenburg’s laissez-faire attitude. Rio Ferdinand should have been warned to step a few metres back. Failure to obey would then have led to a yellow card shown. None of this happened and the outcome of the farce was that Nani’s goal was allowed to stand. Unbelievable. We’ve seen this sort of abuse countless times at Old Trafford and yet the Premiership and referees turn a blind eye. Respect campaign anyone? As the heading of this brief message reads, to me it’s more a case of two weights, two measures.
Happy Halloween, kick off today is at 4PM BST, come on Reds let us spook Bolton
We have a new writer on EOTK, welcome aboard Shamika.
Her first postings can be found here
Roy feels at ease with King Kenny at the club more…
The boss wants another striker more…
(Yes we do)
Roy talks about how Kevin Davies poses a threat more…
(Yes he does and we must stop him)
The Bolton gaffer praises Roy more…
Raul talks how him and his team mates have the utmost respect for Roy more…
(They have to, he is the boss)
More talk on how NESV will use the baseball model for LFC more…
(Will it work?)
And finally here is a great write up by Dominic King regarding some attempts of the press to rewrite history more…
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Everyone is hoping that things have finally turned around following our victory against Blackburn Rovers last Sunday. The Reds have had a week off and are now prepared to start climbing up the table.
A victory or a draw will take us out of the bottom three however we really need the three points badly, Roy Hodgson hasn’t had a lot of success on the road so this can be very challenging. Last Halloween we played Roy’s Fulham at Craven Cottage and it was a nightmare for us Reds. Hopefully Roy didn’t throw away his spell book from that day and can apply some wizardry tomorrow. Bolton are currently in 8th place and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger are still injured while Ryan Babel picked up an injury while playing for the reserves mid-week. My feeling is that Roy will keep most of the players who played last Sunday with a few tweaks, I still believe that Fabio Aurelio and Lucas Leiva are better options than Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen.
Pepe Reina, Jamie Carragher, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles, Steven Gerrard, Milan Jovanovic, Joe Cole, Fernando Torres
Kick off is at 4PM BST