Sunday, March 25, 2012

The good, bad and the downright ugly!

By Paul Frederickson

Is there such a thing is football fatigue? If there is I think I may have it! The emotions of each football season can catch up with the staunchest of football supporters. There is only one way to get over the insidious and debilitating affects of football fatigue, and that is to read, watch and play more football and what better way to start than with this week's good, bad and the downright ugly.


Peter Crouch has played for Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Tottenham and now Stoke and once famously said, "Had I not become a footballer, I think I would have been a virgin" but I doubt he would have scored any better goals than he did against Manchester City on the weekend. The beautifully taken goal must be a contender for goal of the season already, outshining a thunderbolt from Yaya Toure from the same game.
Honourable mentions: The Central Coast Mariner's clinched their second Premier's Plate on the final day of the season, Borussia Dortmund put six past FC Koln after trailing one nil.

Liverpool recently won the League Cup and has a chance to win the FA Cup but many people will still consider this season to be another wasted one for the historic Merseyside club. Recent league form points towards many issues within Liverpool. A week after giving up a two goal lead to Queen's Park Rangers Liverpool lost 2-1 at home to another relegation threatened club in Wigan. King Kenny's crown hasn't fallen but it is most definitely askew.
Derby games are always fiercely contested and there is no more fiercely contested match than when the Glasgow teams face each other. The passion on the field and in the terraces can turn nasty at times and this weekend's game saw three red cards issued which somewhat sullied the embattled Rangers 3-2 victory over league leaders Celtic. As an added measure, Celtic's manager Neil Lennon was sent to the stands.

What do you think? What were your weekend's, good, bad and the downright ugly?