Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Stray Wasp, Feb 6, 2012.
WBA/Villa on Tuesday
Leeds/Derby on Wednesday
The final will be on a Monday (May 27)
Bet @Stray Wasp was amused watching the broadcast of the Sunderland-Portsmouth match and the announcer pointing out all the Mackems refusing to fill the place for a playoff and then talking about how if things go pear shaped they make it incredibly difficult on their own team. Only way I'd defend them not showing up is if the club went and charged stupid prices, in which case I wouldn't blame them. Match itself was the drizzling shits, like watching two bad USL teams. The irony is that while this was such an awful match the goal that won it was one for the highlight reels.
You ask a reasonable question.
The problem stems from the ease with which people who have form for being failed business directors and bad debtors can acquire control of clubs. Whether there's a legally enforceable, tight regulatory system that could be implemented I don't know.
But the sad truth is that too many people in football bend over backwards for anyone who gives the illusion of flashing the cash. And that includes some fans.
Thank goodness I didn't watch - I enjoyed your summary enough as it is, without suffering 90 minutes of staring at bad football and empty seats against a soundtrack of intermittently howling mackems.
(It's ironic that for years sunderland fans cultivated the image of being The Humble Fans Who Knew Their Place Unlike Those Geordies With Their Unrealistic Expectations, when in fact - as borne out by both your description, and descriptions I've heard of the horror, sorry documentary series that was made about them during the season when they were relegated from the Championship after losing 2-1 at home to Burton having led 1-0, at the end of a campaign they'd begun shouting the odds about how they were going to walk the league unlike the Mags the year before because Simon Grayson was a better manager than Rafael Benitez (having before that said Benitez wouldn't cope with a Championship campaign at all) they are as bad for losing patience during games as NUFC supporters).
League Two playoff final will be between Tranmere Rovers and Newport County. Tranmere defeated Forest Green Rovers while Newport defeated Mansfield on penalty kicks. Final is on May 25
Anyone know the last time in a EFL playoff a team had guys sent off in both legs like Forest Green did?
Leeds being Leeds as usual. You just knew they were gonna bottle it in the playoffs when they weren't able to secure top 2. Losers. When im typing this they makes it 2-3 though and being back in business
via an offside goal lol
What is happening in this match, holy cow.
Yeah, that looked suspicious indeed. Will there be VAR in the final? The penalty Derby got was the right call though. Very idiotic from the Leeds player and also typical Leeds in a game like this.
And now they see red. What a bunch of morons.
Would be a fitting end for Leeds if they get eliminated after how they threw away their advantage during the season
Has Leeds keeper ever actual played before? I've only been watching for about 20 minutes and he's been absolutely atrocious in terms of when to challenge and when to stay in his goal.
I remember Leeds excitement at signing Casilla in the January window too; something tells me that honeymoon is over now.
Sad day for football.
Chris Wilder won LMA's Manager of the Year Award.
I want Derby to go up so that a few of our young guys who aren't yet ready to come to Chelsea can keep developing under Lampard and Morris - I want Tomori back at Chelsea next year, but I think Mount needs a year of regular EPL minutes and continuing at Derby would be great for that
Look on the bright side - at least the playoff final sets John Terry and Frank Lampard on opposite sides. Hopefully this will usher in a bitter personal enmity between them that lasts for the rest of their lives. (Assuming they already don't secretly hate each other's guts).
Was hoping Leeds would win since it's been so long since they've been in the premium league. Derby sucked the last time they were up and a lot of their top players are on loan so I can't see them being good if they go up again. Villa has some decent talent and are more likely to spend so they would be a bit more competitive unless they go full Fulham and buy horribly.
If the final goes to penalties Terry can step up to take one and end up sending it into row zed.
They both probably want to manage Chelsea at some point, so there's bound to be a bit of tension between them in the future.
oh Leeds....when will they get back? So many opportunities pissed away over the years, Fans must be gutted.
Sets up an interesting final but I am partial to Villa...
I want Villa up because I miss Villa Park in the Prem. Something really cool about Lampard vs Terry for the right to go, though
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