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Albion assessed

Brighton is a hilly place but our football and indeed the whole club is flat. I largely blame Sami Hyppia for this. Whilst it is true we have sold our best players you expect a manager to build a team which he has failed to do – notably in the striker department. We have now gone 9 games [...]

October 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner report

Although I still have reservations whether Kit Symons is the best-qualified candidate to achieve promotion he has certainly turned things round and will surely go from temporary to permanent manager. The two questions are the length of his contract and the necessity of a football director. Not only [...]

October 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Time to knuckle down

For rugby enthusiasts around the world, the announcement of any squad from which a national coach – in yesterday’s case, Stuart Lancaster of England – will be making his next few weeks’ team selections is always a cause of anticipation and excitement. However, almost invariably, when [...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

A masterclass

The word masterclass has become something of a cliché but there is no other to describe the 7-1 demolition by Bayern Munich of Roma in the Olimpico last night. Roma are a very good side and will probably qualify over Manchester City in the group. They were unbeaten at home this season and second [...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brighton in dreck

Brighton have not won for 8 games and Sami Hyppia is coming under pressure. His defenders say that in the past 2 seasons the Seagulls have moved on their three best players – Bridcutt, Upson and Ulloa – so he has less resources than Poyet and Garcia. However his buys have been [...]

October 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

I am a big fan of Vincenzo Montella but his team selection and tactics were incomprehensible against Lazio. He made 5 big mistakes: 1) he dropped Borja Valero, our most effective midfielder 2) he played Fernamdez not Aquilani as “mezzo punto” (behind the striker) 3) he played a diamond [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Fulham ground out a slightly undeserved 3 points against Norwich which, whilst certainly not harmimg Kit Symons’ prospects of permanent  management, was probably not convincing enough to secure it now. We now have two tough ganes in 6 days at Rotherham away (the archetypal wet and cold [...]

October 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

More is sometimes less

Yesterday, with my husband away with his buddies on in his annual golfing weekend – this time in Ireland – and the rest of the family otherwise occupied, I was able to do a little shopping and then settle in for a self-indulgent afternoon watching rugby on television. In recent years the range [...]

October 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Closer than you might think

Harlequins duly beat Castres in the first-ever Rugby Champions Cup match at the Stoop last night by a margin of 25-9, but sporting score-lines don’t always tell the full story. Given ‘nerves’ … the inbuilt intensity of the new tournament and the indifferent form of both teams in their [...]

October 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Victor Dubuisson

One of the joys of sport is the arrival of a new star on the block. In golf the vacuum left by Tiger Woods looks to be filled by three 25 year olds McIlroy, Day and Fowler. However I have a very good feeling about Victor Dubuisson. He won the Turkish Open and thrilled the galleries when he took [...]

October 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

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