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Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell

Midweek Memoirs of Mr Bodell
With several Championship fixtures and none involving us, I`m hoping to spend my Tuesday evening at the Meadow, home of Chesham United where I`ll probably enjoy better football than that at Vicarage Road.

In all seriousness however, the Golden Boys put in one of their best 90-minute displays on Saturday, but nothing went for us. Another day we would have thrashed Preston out of sight. Thankfully we`ve no 47th game and there`s no chances of drawing this season`s bogey team!

This weeks Memoirs come after a particularly eventful weekend on which I want to cast my opinion into the pool on several matters:

1. Eduardo
The matter of Eduardo`s busted leg cannot be avoided. It`s a huge shame that Croatia and Arsenal will be robbed of an excellent young talent for the Euros and Premiership run-in, but I`m afraid they need to get over it. It obviously played on the mind of a number of players at the time, but as of their next game, the Gunners need to maintain complete professionalism and make sure they do not let it ruin their title hopes.

2. Martin Taylor
The back page of today`s Sun newspaper has a picture of Taylor, studs showing, going in to tackle someone with the caption 'Will he learn?`. That`s wrong, I know that it is the press` job to report on things that will make a story, but does Taylor really deserve it? No way. He made an honest attempt to win the ball and where studs would have met ball, Eduardo`s skill meant studs mashed up leg.

3.Gallas` reaction
William Gallas` reaction to the penalty awarded against Gael Clichy was pathetic. Obviously he will have been annoyed and upset at the games events, but a professional player should be able to deal with these things. Not any pro` either, club captain and therefore someone who needs to lead his peers by example.

4. Premier League Title Race
For the first time since 2002/2003 the winners of the Premier League are not clear cut. Back then Liverpool lead for a while only to be caught up by United. The next season Arsenal went unbeaten before Chelsea`s two-year domination. Last season was quite close but this season is even tighter. Arsenal or United are the sides that I want to win it, well anyone except Reading or Chelsea to be honest! Liverpool are too far out of it and the 4th/5th/6th placed clubs are even further behind. Exciting remaining weeks in prospect.

5. A trophy for Spurs
It`s good because Chelsea lost, it`s good because Spurs actually won and it`s good because it wasn`t Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal. It`s nice to see Blackburn, Boro or Spurs win it because it does threaten [briefly at least] to break the domination of the top sides in the silverware stakes.

6. Jonathan Woodgate
I read somewhere that Woodgate`s winning goal was his first in English football for 6 years, his last coming against Chelsea, for Leeds! That takes you back! Anywhom, if their was any one player on that field you wanted to nab the winner, for me it would be Woodgate. Being a Carling Cup winner, MoTM in that final and scoring the winner is the light at the end of tunnel after years on injuries.

6. Liverpool
It`s been a strange old season with Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool all struggling as they have. None are going to win the league, but you would expect them to be doing better than they are.

Liverpool has to be the strangest case and a win over Middlesbrough will not paper over the league cracks. The Reds are some way behind in the title chase and even fell back into 5th on Monday night. How long will the owners stand for this? Not long methinks, especially if the reports that Hicks wanted Klinsmann in are true. If it wasn`t for Fernando Torres, I feel Rafa would`ve been out of a job long ago.

7. Indian Premier League
How many Indian`s are interested in football? Cricket is a far bigger sport to them.
How many people will watch Setenta`s coverage? Not many compared to the EPL!

The wacky weekend of football, thank goodness we`ve got a weekend off, love it really though!

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Date:Wednesday February 27 2008
Time: 8:39AM

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