The Premier League is back. No fans, social distancing subs and fake crowd noise has been introduced but on the pitch nothing much has changed. Officials are still making almost unbelievable mistakes and David Luiz is a liability. Then there is West Ham.
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Fornals, Yarmolenko, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Lanzini, Noble, Wilshere, Haller, Masuaku, Ajeti, Johnson.
Burnley: Pope, Taylor, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra. Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Wood, Brady, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Driscoll-Glennon.
Ahead of the games against Chelsea and Newcastle, most fans would have been overjoyed at the prospect of emerging with four points, and yet in the cold light of day people will be disappointed with the club having only attained just the four points, the two 'lost' points may come back to haunt David Moyes who was none too happy with the way his team conceded the 2nd Newcastle goal, only 81 seconds after scoring through the superb Tomas Soucek.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Schar, Carroll, Ritchie, Yedlin, Lazaro, Rose, Bentaleb, M Longstaff.
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Noble, Wilshere, Masuaku, Ajeti, Silva, Johnson.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, those bastions of honesty FIFA. or Thieffa as we prefer to call them, have climbed down from their ivory tower in order to 'remind' people that they are Europe's football power brokers and what better way than to help give little old West Ham a bit of a kicking in the process. Mind you, the Times, if you pay a subscription, were the story breakers in the first place, so 'fair' play to the Sun's richer cousin!
Sports editor to overpaid and currently under worked journalist "Fill me some bloody column inches, or I will get Ms Moody from accounts to go through your last year's expenses with a fine tooth comb!" Anyone who has ever worked in the media, particularly in print, will know exactly how terrifying a prospect that can be, because ALL journalists fiddle their expenses.
What is the difference between David Moyes and Sam Allardyce? Essentially, wealth, both men have been rewarded well in their football management careers for serving up 'percentage football. Principally viewing the fixture list at the beginning of the season and working out which games were winnable and which were not, then by concentrating on the winnable games they were able to attain the percentage points ration to survive and even thrive.