9:21 AM EST, Thu December 18, 2014

On Unconventional Wing Backs and the Return of Death by Football

Without the ball, Liverpool's unconventional approach showed its weakness, but that unconventional approach meant those weaknesses mostly didn't matter. Brendan Rodgers sent out a side with at least five midfielders. Six if one counts Raheem Sterling, filling in at striker on the night, as more midfielder than winger. If the side had tried to play too fast, too ambitious, or had just looked as disjointed as Liverpool sides too often have this season, it would have been a disaster. Instead, at least for most of the first half and in the early stages of the second, they were patient. They did...
The Fighting Cock 26 mins ago

Captaincy and defence but no defence for the for the captaincy

Sam Davies takes a critical look at our side and picks where are leaders are and where the future ones will come from.
Cartilage Free Captain 27 mins ago

Spurs linked to Russian Premier League star

And to many more. Things are going to get weird this January unless Russia's political and economic trajectory turns significantly. According to the Evening Standard, Spurs have been looking at CSKA Moscow forward Seydou Doumbia as a possible January transfer target. The Ivorian forward has scored seven goals in the Russian Premier League this season. He's a penalty box striker who is fifth in the RPL in shots from inside the box per 90 minutes. If Spurs are looking for a striker in the window, Doumbia has a solid pedigree of talent and results, and he's just 26. This is where it gets...
Roker Report 2 hours ago

Tyne Wear Derby Policing Information And Safety Advice

What's happening on Sunday, then? So far, all fans have really heard about is what is not going to happen with regard policing (i.e. no escort) of the Tyne and Wear derby with Newcastle United, but what actually will happen and what can Sunderland fans travelling to St James Park expect? We, along with other fans, had a chat with Northumbria Police and Sunderland AFC to find out, so see below for the information that came out of the meeting. No escort The police were keen to stress that a lack of police escort does not equate to a lack of police protection. In fact, there will be more...
Cartilage Free Captain 2 hours ago

Wheeler Dealer Radio Podcast - You're a loose cannon, Vlad!

This podcast is getting too old for this ... stuff Spurs won twice! What a time to be alive! I'm back and I'm joined by my trusty sidekick, Ben Daniels; statistician extraordinaire Michael Caley; and Ghost of Podcast's past Bryan A. We break down the lovely totals from our victories against Swansea and Newcastle. We also break down the juicy tidbits from AVB and the club before we take on some listener questions. We also script the great Tottenham buddy cop drama. Who can stop Benji Stambouli's reign of terror. There's only one way to find out! Join us, won't you? WE'RE BACK ON ITUNES!...
The Busby Babe 2 hours ago

Radamel Falcao would like to play football, please

United's Colombian striker is keen to get back on the pitch. Radamel Falcao, Manchester United's fourth-choice striker, has been talking to the press. And it turns out that while he'd quite like to stay at United, he'd like to do so as a footballer rather than as an extremely expensive bench ornament. From my point of view, yes, [I want to stay], but obviously I have to analyse the situation, see if I play more and see what decision the board takes. But I really want to stay. Fitness has been the issue, of course, along with the undroppability of Wayne Rooney, the recent good form of...
The Liverpool Offside 2 hours ago

Liverpool Must Follow Adam Lallana's Lead

After another sparkling display in the win over Bournemouth in the League Cup, it's time that Brendan Rodgers and company start to rely on the former Southampton captain. Very little has gone right for Liverpool since the calendar turned to September. Injuries, loss of form, more injuries, strange decisions from the manager, bad results, injuries to players that were already injured, and even more bad results have meant that Brendan Rodgers' side are already out of the Champions League and hanging onto their top four hopes by a thread before the new year. One of the few bright spots on a...
7500 To Holte 3 hours ago

After years of futility, how can Villa finally beat Manchester United?

Jack and Robert are back to quickly move past the West Bromwich Albion loss before getting to more pressing matters. Manchester United matches, Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumours, and all the Aston Villa talk you need to get through your day! Aston Villa lost to the Baggies last weekend. And this weekend they've got the resurgent Manchester United, who they'll have to face without Ashley Westwood, Tom Cleverley, Kieran Richardson (yay) and heavens knows probably someone else. So, yeah, we'll talk about that. But let's look at some other stuff too. Namely, it's only two weeks until the...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 3 hours ago

Max Clayton Ruled Out For The Season

With bad news expected, bad news came. The news Bolton fans have become petrified of in recent years, once again reared it's ugly head today, in Neil Lennon's pre-Millwall press conference. The news being, of course, that yet another one of our players has suffered a serious injury and will face an extremely lengthy period on the sidelines. The player in question being young forward, Max Clayton. Clayton was carried off the pitch on a stretcher, thirty minutes in to Saturday's game against Ipswich, after he seemed to get his boot caught in the turf as he was on the turn and landed in a...

Controversial Referee Attwell in Charge of BWFC/Millwall

Oh Christ not him! Fans of Millwall and Bolton Wanderers released a collective 'oh bollocks' when news broke this week that controversial referee Stuart Attwell had been appointed in charge of Friday night's Championship fixture at Harchester United's Dragon's Lair Stadium. Attwell, 15, has had a short but incident-packed career, with several high-profile mistakes leading fans to dread his appointment for games involving their clubs. In 2008, Attwell was heavily criticised for the awarding of a 'ghost goal' in a Championship game between Reading and Watford, when his assistant flagged for a...
The Tilehurst End 6 hours ago

TOTW: Adkins Sacked, Clarke Hired

In a week where the Royals have lost 6-1 to Birmingham, Adkins has departed and Clarke has been appointed, there has been an overflow of tweets that could feature. We start way back before any of the week's major events occurred, with this fella who won our annual Savile Rogue partnership to win a beautiful scarf. Big thanks to @TheTilehurstEnd and @SavileRogue for the scarf I won! pic.twitter.com/zAve6YXo0W— daniel. (@danhall1999) December 11, 2014 Craig had his priorities straight whilst watching the BBC Music Awards. God I hope Sir John isnt there. #palomafaith #BBCMusicAwards...
Cartilage Free Captain 7 hours ago

Thursday Morning Hoddle Of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News And Links December 18, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur news and links, with weirdness. Happy Chanukah, Spursland! Yesterday might have been the weirdest day since I got here. In the same day, THE SAME DAY, Soldado scored and the U.S. started to normalize relations with Cuba. And on top of all of that, nobody, AND THE FISH MEANS NOBODY, can have anything bad to say about our team today. Oh wait, that's not all, we might be about to get oil bucks. What else weird could happen? The answer is Kim Kardashian displaying meaningful talent at something, in case you were wondering. We would have also accepted Ryan Rosenblatt showing a...
The Liverpool Offside 10 hours ago

Liverpool Draw Chelsea in League Cup Semi-Final

Following their 3-1 win at Bournemouth in the quarterfinals, Brendan Rodgers' squad were drawn against a high-flying Chelsea squad in the League Cup semifinals. Liverpool were rewarded with the toughest possible opponent in the Capital One Cup semi-finals, but dedicated and casual Reds worldwide are probably relieved to still be in the competition. José Mourinho's league leaders Chelsea may seem like a slightly bitter reward, but at the dying stages of any competition, being there is what counts most. Tottenham Hotspur will face Southampton's conquerors, League One Sheffield United, in...
The Liverpool Offside 14 hours ago

Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3: Wins Aren't Always Easy

Liverpool scored three impressive goals to advance to the Capitol One Cup semi-final, but Championship side Bournemouth certainly didn't make it an easy win zdespite the one-sided scoreline. It wasn't always as smooth or pretty or easy as the scoreline would indicate, but Liverpool were able to walk out of Bournemouth with a 3-1 win and trip to the Capitol One/League/Milk Cup semi-final, thanks to Lazar Markovic's first Liverpool goal and a brace from Raheem Sterling. Bournemouth 1 Gosling 57'Liverpool 3 Sterling 20', 51'; Markovic 27' The rather experimental formation that Brendan...
Royal Blue Mersey 15 hours ago

Steven Naismith signs three year contract extension

Scottish forward to stay with Everton through the 2018/19 season. Steven Naismith has signed a contract extension that will keep him with Everton until the end of the 2018/19 season, according to the club website. 28-year-old Naismith is in his second season with the Blues and has emerged as an important part of manager Roberto Martinez's offense. The Scottish international has scored six goals this season despite being sidelined a few times due to injuries. Here is what he had to say about extending his deal with the Toffees: "I am so happy here. From the moment I signed my first...
Anfield Asylum 15 hours ago

The End of the Road: A Farewell Note From Anfield Asylum

Hey all, You've probably noticed that the flow of articles here has slowed to a trickle in recent weeks. The reason for this is that Anfield Asylum is at the end of it's journey -- this weekend I will be moving my work to The Liverpool Offside where I'll write a few articles every week. SB Nation wanted to consolidate Liverpool blogs, and while it's a move that saddens all of us here at the Asylum, it is also understandable considering a dual team blog set up made little sense in the long run. I've had a fantastic time working here over the past few years as a writer, manager, and perhaps...
Cartilage Free Captain 16 hours ago

Spurs draw Sheffield United in Capital One Cup semifinals

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Fresh on the heels of their 4-0 drubbing of Newcastle United in the quarterfinals, Tottenham Hotspur drew League One side Sheffield United in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, the draw for which took place just moments after the match ended. We have been drawn against Sheffield United in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup (home tie first). Dates TBC. #COYS — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 17, 2014 This is, for obvious reasons, a spectacular draw for Spurs. While it's a two-legged home-and-home semi-final, they're playing a...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 16 hours ago

Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3: Rank the Performances

With a deserved victory over Bournemouth in the books, we want to know how you would rank Liverpool's performers and who your Man of the Match is. It wasn't a perfect night. An unconventional formation gave Liverpool the edge when they had possession but left them light on the wings in defence without the ball, and they were fortunate to only concede once. But when you're struggling a win is a win, and tonight's was highlighted by a strong attacking performance for Raheem Sterling and some solid support play from Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana. Now let us know how you saw it. Clicking the...
Cartilage Free Captain 16 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle: Final score 4-0, let's go get a trophy

Tottenham Hotspur fans went into their League Cup quarterfinal matchup with Newcastle a bit concerned, and justifiably so. Spurs haven't been good in the cups recently and Newcastle are on a great run of form. What most didn't account for was the Magpies' third-string goalkeeper, the most important player for either side in Spurs 4-0 win. Jak Alnwick whiffed on a routine corner claim in the 18th minute, allowing the ball to fall to Nabil Bentaleb. He made the most of the error, scoring a difficult side-footed volley to put Spurs on top early. The Tottenham defense looked a bit shaky for the...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 16 hours ago

Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3: First Thoughts

An unorthodox lineup led to possession and possession led to goals, and thanks to that Liverpool are now on to the semi-finals of the League Cup with their season looking just a little bit brighter. Bournemouth 1 Gosling 57' Liverpool 3 Sterling 20', Markovic 27', Sterling 51' Depending on who you asked, a starting XI with three centre halves, five midfielders, and two wingers was either bold and daring or it was foolish and stubborn. Either way, with two fullbacks and two conventional strikers on the bench—not to mention two players many fans had wanted to see given a chance in...

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