Betfair Blogger Louise Moran felt that last Sunday
only went to prove why English football is the best in the world.
Football's taken a fair few knocks in the last few weeks, what with referees
and officials dropping clangers, reports of clubs running up billions of pounds
worth of debt and trouble in the stands. It made a pleasant change to sit back
in front of the telly last Sunday and be thoroughly entertained by two great
matches. What a reminder that English football is the best in the world and it has
the ability, for a few hours at least, to distract us from the general economic
doom and gloom that surrounds us at the moment (unless you're a Spurs fan, then it makes it worse).
The Sheffield derby showcased the excitement and drama of the Championship.
Both sets of players were fully committed and despite it being a lunchtime
kick-off, the atmosphere was fantastic. The game had everything – a great goal
from Steve Watson, a penalty miss, a sending-off for Kilgallon, arguments
between team-mates – Jermaine Johnson was even shown the red card while on the
touchline after he reacted furiously to being substituted and kicked a water
bottle into the crowd.
This was followed by Stoke against Tottenham. Again, it might not have
demonstrated fantastic technical ability or skills but it was absorbing. Spurs
were awful in the opening exchanges and it wasn't until Bale was sent off and went
1-0 down that they finally decided show some real fight and determination and
force an equaliser through Darren Bent. Unfortunately the half time whistle
came at the wrong time for the Londoners and in the second half Stoke rallied
back and proved good value for their win as Spurs misery was compounded by the
injury to Corluka and the late sending off for Michael Dawson
It was, all in all, a great day's viewing for the neutral. Add to the mix
the win for Hull over West Ham and 10-man Newcastle's battling draw against
Champions League hopefuls Manchester City on Monday night, and you have all the
evidence you need of why we all still love this game, despite all the nonsense
that surrounds it. There might well be an element of predictability about the
top of the Premier League, but there are always surprises and drama to be had
elsewhere, and that's what will always draw the punters in.