Nabil Bentaleb goes close [Photo: Alan Hill]

Reaction To Andy Carroll’s Dismissal And Saturday’s Football Results


Reaction to Saturday’s football results and Andy Carroll’s dismissal against Swansea City.

Reactions to Saturday

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Some immediate effects of the transfer window – Cardiff sign Saha, he makes the equaliser for Bellamy. Hull sign a striker; Long. He promptly scores against us after 12 minutes. We sign nobody and stick by Soldado who misses another sitter in the first half. Then in the second half he tamely punts another volley into the goalie’s arms.

Manchester United will claim to be unlucky because of appalling conditions, an injury to Jones and having to reorganise but this is a team starring Mata, Van Persie, Rooney and Welbeck and they have just let Charlie Adam score a second against them for Stoke! At least Davd Moyes is refreshingly honest in his post-match interview compared to recent rants, saying, “We’ve ourselves to blame,” and “I don’t know what we’ve got to do to win.”  Clearly. Nice to hear him admit it though.

Meanwhile back at Hull, Paulinho equalises but we get no more than a draw.

Tim or Hugh? [Photo: Alan Hill]

Tim or Hugh? [Photo: Alan Hill]

Hugh or Tim? [Photo: Alan Hill]

Hugh or Tim? [Photo: Alan Hill]

Tim Sherwood’s reaction to a late Bentaleb narrow miss gave us an idea for our latest lookey-likey; Tim and Hugh Dennis from Outnumbered. Down to the wife, that one.

Everton bounce back better than us from their midweek defeat to take another 3 points despite falling behind to Aston Villa. They push us back to 6th.

Multi-coached Fulham losing again big time. 0 – 3 down at home to Southampton after 74 minutes. They go rock bottom. Rapidly becoming a laughing stock.  Three respected knowledgeable men on the sidelines seem more like the 3 wise monkeys. Where do they go from here?

Luckily for us, Newcastle pay the price for selling their best midfielder by going down 0 – 3 to local rivals Sunderland. Unbelievably, Stoke’s win puts them in 11th but only 3 points clear of relegation!

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroill [Photo: Alan Hill]

Andy Carroill [Photo: Alan Hill]

Sometimes when you see an injustice, you just have to speak up. I know West Ham haven’t been kind to us recently and he is no angel but having watched MOTD I believe Carroll’s red card is an excessive punishment. He didn’t appear to be 100% yet he really put himself about in the Swansea game. In a good way. So I hope his appeal against his dismissal is successful. Hopefully the review panel will agree that although his hand did connect, it brushed Chico Flores’ hair bun, not his face.

[Photo: Alan Hill]

[Photo: Alan Hill]

He did flail his hand out as he spun round in frustration having just been jumped all over and having shaken Flores off his back and neck. I think it would have been more appropriate for Howard Webb to have said something like,

Careful son, I know that’s frustrating but if your hand had been a few inches lower you could have given him a black eye and I would have had to send you off. Calm down.

[Photo: Alan Hill]

[Photo: Alan Hill]

It would have been even better if he had then booked Flores for simulation. He rolled around clutching his face when it had not been touched. That convinced the ref that the flailing hand had hit his face, when we can all see now it never touched it. The appeal board should be able to revise the ref’s decision because although he saw the incident, it was so quick he couldn’t have seen it in accurate detail or he would have realised no contact with the face was made at all.

[Photo: Alan Hill]

[Photo: Alan Hill]


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