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Midweek Memoirs #9

Midweek Memoirs #9
Goals, goals, goals, goals and more goals. This week the Premiership has been raining goals, in fact, this whole season, all four or five weeks of it, has seen a huge amount of goals. Most of the games in question have included poor old Derby County, the Watford of this season methinks.

High-scoring games thus far this season:

Liverpool 6-0 Derby
Arsenal 5-0 Derby
Portsmouth 7-4 Reading
Tottenham 4-4 Aston Villa

Anyway. It`s not good enough according to Adrian Durham. The talkSPORT presenter yesterday [Monday] declared on his drive time show with Ian Wright that 'the game [Portsmouth 7-4 Reading] was a bad game and that goals don`t make a good game`.

This got me thinking, do goals really make good games, are we satisfied by goals, or in this day and age with the players we have at our clubs do we want to see scintillating football also? Or are we just GREEDY?!

My initial reaction was that, yes, goals most definitely goals are the most important part of football. Personally I have a Watford season ticket because I want entertainment, I get my entertainment through watching the mighty Hornets win. To win, they have to score goals, obviously. So if this chain of thoughts is deemed 'correct` by you, my reader, then surely the argument is over.

Or maybe not. Do goals make football exciting afterall? I have long said that I would rather watch a team like Watford struggle, where every goal is priceless. But for me to be a 'fan` of a team like Manchester United, who win every week, a consequently score, I would find it INCREDIBELY boring.

So do goals keep us entertained? Perhaps not. Look at Arsenal, the fans turned out in their droves to fill Highbury every week and watch the Gunners pass the ball from side to side, end to end, diagonally, zig-zagonally and any other which way beautifully.

That, I have to admit is very entertaining, I sometimes watch 'Match of the Day` and marvel at how well Wengar`s men pass the ball and create chances. When you compare Arsenal`s football to that served up at Vicarage Road, it seems even better. However. Back to the point in hand - goals. Not maybe this season, but up until this, Arsenal have often struggled for goals. Although Thierry Henry would eventually score about twenty, the rest of the team would contribute very little in the goal-scoring stakes.

Were the fans satisfied? No, the general consensus was that the fans would rather see goals, victories and then trophies/success and glory. Yet instead they get sublime football which doesn`t always bring the success they demand. In fairness it looks to have changed this year as the Gunners have notched up twenty six goals [in all cups, Europe and league], in just ELEVEN games. Tell me that is not excitement fans of football!

At the end of the day, I seriously, seriously doubt that any Liverpool, Arsenal, Portsmouth or even Reading fans are complaining (four goals at Fratton Park aint bad!}.

Of course, we know that Tottenham fans are complaining, having seen their side go four-one down, AT HOME, to Aston Villa, not that drawing with Villa is a bad thing, I think Villa are a good side and should finish in the top ten, but it is still mighty frustrating to go four-one down at home, whoever you may be playing.

From here onwards, I am writing post-Sheffield Wednesday. And, although we won, I have to admit to not really enjoying it. Our football was woeful after we went two up, whilst theirs was much, much better, much more sleek and they kept the ball on the deck most of the time. [For those of you that haven`t, read my match report].

Maybe I was wrong, perhaps goals are not the be all and end all for football fans nowadays. Looks like this argument is going to run and run, in my head at least…

Keep the faith,

Tom Bodell

Date:Wednesday October 3 2007
Time: 8:10AM


Whoa hang on there Mr Bodell...Derby - the Watford of this season? Watford never got tanked that heavily? In fact, the Liverpool 6-0 flattered the Rams - it should have been 11! Watford might have beem limited in performances but we never surrendered.
03/10/2007 09:33:00
Good result last night lads
03/10/2007 12:36:00
I mean it in terms of being bottom so soon and being written off by pundits etc. Perhaps I shoul have explained this...
03/10/2007 13:01:00
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