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Thursday, 27 April 2017

When is a foul not a foul


CRYSTAL PALACE 0 SPURS 1


Hope you all made money from the corners bet, looked easy money at Evs for Over 6.5 Spurs corners and was, we had 11 in all.

Gone are the days of proper football when you were allowed to tackle players, now it has almost become a non-contact sport, which was the aim of Michel Platini, himself a skillful former player who felt skill should be protected.

We saw at the weekend martin Atkinson allow Chelsea players to commit foul after foul on dele Alli, play advantage when there was none and not book Chelsea players allowing them to commit more fouls.

We also had Son Heung-min slide across a player and not instigate contact, therefore not give away a free kick. The referee however awarded a penalty. Now I know we have bought penalties in this way, but if you instigate contact it isn't your free kick.What the referee was saying on Saturday was that blocking the path of a ball is illegal.

Final word about the ref tonight all talking about wanyama tackles he missed about 50 from palace!

Jamie Redknapp, Sam Allardyce and Naill Quinn all suggested Victor Wanyama should have been sent off, but why, he never touched Andros Townsend. The replay clearly shows Townsend diving before he tries to drag his leg into Wanyama. This is in effect Townsend cheating.

There is nothing wrong with attempting to block a ball and as on Saturday contact was not initiated by the Spurs player so no foul was committed. It is more difficult when standing but it is clear when sliding. If you don't slide into a player it isn't a free kick so if you slide in front of a player you are doing nothing wrong.

It shows how players are over protected in the namby-pamby football world of today.

What a result tonight boys, great character after Saturday,great bounce back in very tough game, still in there fighting,well done boys COYS

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  1. If one looks at the summary stats on FourFourTwo here….
    https://www.fourfourtwo.com/statszone/8-2016/matches/855446
    it’s ‘shutdown’ again, Palace managing only one shot on target…
    https://www.fourfourtwo.com/statszone/8-2016/matches/855446/team-stats/31/0_SHOT_03#tabs-wrapper-anchor
    and that was more of a pass than a shot.
    Thanks to John ‘yellow card’ Moss and an injury, a reshuffle was called for at half-time and this time Poch duly obliged. The wingbacks returned to their conventional positions and just having Sneaky play in his normal position, opened up the Palace defense for us. CE dropped deeper to play in front of Eric and MS and we were winning more of those 50/50 balls in midfield, why, I don’t know but I do know that Palace never threatened our goal in the 2nd half. More importantly HK, isolated and dropping too deep in the 1st half, was able to lead the line again.
    That old saying ‘sometimes attack is the best form of defense’ comes to mind but for me Christian’s performance in the 2nd half tonight, reminiscent of Modric, was our game winner (notwithstanding his goal).
    A quick mention for Moussa S… he did what he had to do and made himself available and he is an awkward customer to play against. Poch is not playing him in his natural position (CMF) and so far his game time has been limited. Give him some slack guys. We don’t have a replacement anyway do we?

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