7:33 PM EST, Mon March 02, 2015
The Tilehurst End 1 hour ago

Steve Clarke Approval Rating - March 2015

Are you happy with the job Steve Clarke is doing as Reading manager? Vote now. Positives The magic of the FA Cup, eh? Only one match in the competition in February, but the Royals got through to the Quarter Finals with a fine performance away at Derby County - and Reading finally scored a goal against ten men under Clarke to seal a trip to Bradford City. One game away from Wembley, it would be a first semi-final since the 1926-27 season. The Royals have seen success in the FA Cup in recent years, but never reached the last four. The time is now... And aside from last Tuesday's woeful...
The Liverpool Offside 1 hour ago

Rumour Mongering: Mario Balotelli to Join Steven Gerrard in MLS?

It's another day and it's another Mario Balotelli story. Will our favourite penalty hogging rebel enjoy regular trips to Disneyland and share more fun Instagram pictures in the future? With rumours of a hot Argentine striker shining in La Liga possibly headed to Liverpool in the summer, there will need to be outgoing movement to create space for fresh striking talent. Divock Origi will join Daniel Sturridge in the Liverpool squad next season as part of a set of strikers that will almost certainly look different to this season's struggling group. At least two from Mario Balotelli, Fabio...

RESULT: Bolton Wanderers Batter Manchester United

Bolton Wanderers defeated their Manchester United equivalents this evening Peter Schmeichel, Paul Parker, Philip Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Gowling, William Prunier, Carlos Tevez, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis, Juan Sebastian Veron, Kleberson, Massimo Taibi, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Frank Stapleton, Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Denis Irwin, Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Andy Cole, Jaap Stam, Bryan Robson, Michael Owen, Gary Neville, Laurent Blanc, Lee Sharpe, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Liam Miller, Park Ji-Sung, David de Gea, Roy Keane, that grey kit they wore against Southampton, Roy...
Royal Blue Mersey 3 hours ago

Roberto Martinez Approval Rating - February 2015

How is Roberto doing? February was a short month for Everton, with the Blues only playing in five games after their penalty shootout exit at the hands of West Ham United earlier. Of the five, Everton mustered two wins (both in the Europa League), two draws (both at home) and a loss (away). The transfer window also closed this month, with winger Aaron Lennon joining the side on loan as the only addition and malingering malcontent Samuel Eto'o forcing his way out the door into a film (and forward) role at Sampdoria. The team as a whole has looked like a more cohesive unit lately, with Darron...
The Tilehurst End 3 hours ago

Bolton v Reading FC: Full Coverage

Here you can find all our coverage of Reading's trip to Bolton Wanderers. The Royals make the midweek trip up to the Reebok Macron looking for a much-needed three points. At the weekend we had the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final referee, and against Bolton we'll have the fourth official for the Wembley game - Mark Haywood. Do you care? Probably not. It's a fun fact anyway. But read this bit carefully. Don't confuse the West Yorkshire official with Mark Heywood. They sound the same, but are spelt differently. Heywood, with an e, will be refereeing Tranmere vs Wycombe on Tuesday, whilst...
The Tilehurst End 3 hours ago

Ref-Watch: Bolton (A)

Don't get tomorrow's referee, MARK HAYWOOD mixed up with fellow official Mark Heywood. They're just one letter different, but it's an easy mistake to make. I almost started writing about the wrong one... At the weekend we had the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final referee, and against Bolton we'll have the fourth official for the Wembley game - Mark Haywood. Do you care? Probably not. It's a fun fact anyway. But read this bit carefully. Don't confuse the West Yorkshire official with Mark Heywood. They sound the same, but are spelt differently. Heywood, with an e, will be refereeing Tranmere vs...
Cartilage Free Captain 4 hours ago

WDR Mailbag - Zero Dark Mailbag

Give us your Qs so we can give you our As Well that sure was a week that happened. After some scheduling irregularities we're back tonight to talk about it. Since it's been a while, we'll have a lot to talk about, but we'll probably want some of your questions anyway. Hit us up below or on the twitter machine. Maybe it will help us all ease the pain.
Cottagers Confidential 4 hours ago

Fulham Fixture Outlook: Matches 35-37 - Watford, Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday

As we approach the end of Fulham's first Championship season, we countdown the matches - 3 at a time. Helping me predict the Whites' scores are: Tom (@DareToLVC) Tom and Emma (@emma_crook) Feel free to comment your predictions down below... This week: Watford, Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday Match 35/46 Tue 3 Mar 2015 17:45 vs Watford Vicarage Road (Away) Has Kit Symons finally dug his claws in? A brand new mentality against top of the league Derby County led to a convincing, yet shocking 2-0 victory. The players seemed to understand what to do on the pitch, and how to treat themselves off...
Royal Blue Mersey 4 hours ago

Arsenal 2 Everton 0 - Five Thoughts

Yet another miserable afternoon for Everton in the Premier League Blunt Toffees lack cutting edge Once again Everton stroked the ball around the Emirates pitch in pretty circles and patterns but failed to put the Arsenal defence under any sustained pressure, mustering just two shots on target all game. That policy is fine if you go in front and have something to defend; but once Olivier Giroud slid home the opener in rendered it useless. What makes the situation more worrying is the fact Everton have played the same way all season, with Roberto Martinez showing little inclination to...
Royal Blue Mersey 4 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur U21 4-0 Everton U21

David Unsworth's youngsters miss another chance to go top. Everton under-21s conceded four first half goals as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday afternoon. It took less than five minutes for the hosts to take the lead through Shaquile Couthirst at Enfield Training Centre. And things went from bad to worse for the young Blues as Spurs increased their lead with two quickfire goals. Rueben Lameiras added a fourth from the spot, and Everton were unable to offer a reply in the remaining 55 minutes of play. The visitors welcomed back John Lundstram following his...
Cottagers Confidential 4 hours ago

Cottage Talk: Watford vs. Fulham

Take a listen to the radio show that focuses on Fulham Football Club. This is our preview of Watford vs. Fulham. Check Out Soccer Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with cottagetalk on BlogTalkRadio

Rumour Mongering: Rising Star Striker Open to Liverpool Move

Liverpool have been rumoured to be interested in young striker Luciano Vietto for some time, and the player has told Spanish media that he’d be open to moving to the Reds in the summer. Amongst young strikers plying their trade in Europe, there is no brighter crop than Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala, and Luciano Vietto, the trio of Argentines. All are 21 years of age or younger, all are starting every week, and all have the potential to become world class. All three were also linked with Liverpool moves leading up to the January transfer window. In the end, none of the rumours amounted to...
Cottagers Confidential 5 hours ago

Alan Smith asks what ails Fulham at Who Scored

There's an astute analysis of what's going on at Fulham posted at Who Scored. This is a very good analysis. That comes to one very obvious conclusion. It's the defense of course. Fulham are creating chances at a high enough level, but they've given up an appalling amount of goals. However, I do have one big criticism with the article. It completely ignores the time that Felix Magath spent in charge. In that disastrous run of seven games, Fulham conceded 18 goals. Let me say that again. Fulham conceded 18 goals. That's 2.57 goals a game. In the 27 games that Kit has been in charge, Fulham...
Arsenal Blogger 6 hours ago

Why Arsenal are stalling with Giroud as striker

Like with many things at our football club, there are many topics which polarise opinion. One of the more discussed topics is that of Olivier Giroud. His horror show against Monaco and his less than convincing performance against Everton where even though he scored, he missed two sitters, has made the Giroud debate a hot topic […]
Cottagers Confidential 7 hours ago

Cottage Talk Live At 6PM GMT

Take a listen to the radio show that focuses on Fulham Football Club. This is our preview of Watford vs. Fulham. To listen live click here.
The Tilehurst End 7 hours ago

Reading FC Respond To Stewarding Row

Following Saturday's incident that saw two fans ejected from the East Stand, Reading have released a statement trying to explain the circumstances but stress their support for a noisy atmosphere at the Madejski Stadium. Here's the statement in full which was published on the club's official website. As a club, it is always heartening to see any supporter try to inspire the players and other fans by creating an atmosphere inside Madejski Stadium. We all want the same thing: supporters channelling their passion to help the team. During the first half on Saturday, two supporters were asked...
7500 To Holte 7 hours ago

Aston Villa vs. WBA Preview: Well, here goes nothing

Does anyone actually think Aston Villa are going to win tomorrow? No? Okay then. You know, what is there to even say about Aston Villa right now? We can sit here and try and write 600 words about the upcoming fixture against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow but, you know, I guess it's a thing? The Baggies come to Villa Park tomorrow night and, let's face it, they aren't really that good. Their team is Saido Berahino and… yeah, that's about all that scares me. (Oh and Gary Gardner's older brother, whatever the hell that guy's name is.) Apparently Berahino might miss the match which would be...
Coming Home Newcastle 7 hours ago

Jonas Gutierrez and John Carver: A Case Of Classic Misdirection

Is John Carver using popular players as misdirection as he makes a play for permanent NUFC head coaching role? One of the big challenges for Working Class John Carver™ upon taking the interim head coaching seat following Alan Pardew's departure was always going to be for him to establish points of distinction separating himself from his former boss.  Poor results had supporters singing "Are you Pardew in disquise?" at the man who once offered to fight traveling Newcastle supporters who were voicing their frustrations with the former top man at their club.  In fact, during his time in...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago

Spurs linked to move for Eredivise star after rejection last summer

YES PLEASE Last year, for a few hours, we thought that maybe Tottenham would be able to purchase PSV and Dutch national team star Memphis Depay. It all came to nothing, and it was never entirely clear how strong the links were and whether a bid had been made. Now we know. In an interview with the Dutch Broadcast Foundation (NOS), PSV director Toon Gerbrands confirmed Spurs' interest last summer and suggested a move could take place in 2015: In de zomer meldde Tottenham Hotspur zich al voor Depay. "Toen werden er bedragen van twintig miljoen euro genoemd. We hebben toen besloten om ze...
The Short Fuse 8 hours ago

Arsenal fitness part 2: Second opinion

We continue our short series of asking doctors in our community about Arsenal's fitness. One of the cliches you see in all the medical shows is "get a second opinion". Got cancer? Second opinion! Need a facelift? Second opinion! Need a kidney transplant? Well, OK, some things may not NEED a second opinion. Anyway. We reached out to a couple doctors for this initial round of questions, and today we'll be chatting with TSF reader Chillbro69.  As with last week's talk with HoodRiverDuck, the standard caveats apply: Caveat the first: Our first guest is, in fact, a doctor, but in his own...

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