Watching the Premier League is often a fine spectacle. People around the world baying for a sight of Rooney, Fabregas, Gerrard on top of their game for England’s top clubs – but often media outlets obsession with the top four clouds their judgement and lends itself to a faint indication of bias towards them.
On Sunday for example, Liverpool were dominated by Birmingham City at St Andrews and tuning into the radio expecting to hear praise being lavished upon McLeish’s men, instead I was met with a plethora of views on Liverpool’s wrong doings as opposed to what Birmingham did right. They feebly skimmed over positives from the Midlands side, focusing on questions over Torres being isolated or Gerrard being played in the right position.
The fact was, Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson’s intelligent marshalling of the England’s stand in skipper nullified at least some of the threat he possess, whilst Roger Johnson and Scott Dann did not let Torres have a sniff when called into action.
An extension of Birmingham’s unbeaten home record to 17 games was achieved on Sunday and yet this stat got a measly mention. Had that happened at Old Trafford or Anfield, even though it is the norm, the media would have reminded us of it unremittingly.
Which begs the question: Are the national media bias towards some of our big clubs?
The Premier League’s also rans are often in the shadow of the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool with regards to post-match praise, Everton’s performance this weekend is a prime example. Whilst some media outlets were full of admiration for Everton’s comeback in Saturdays early kick-off, surely fans were a little miffed when there was so much made of Rooney’s exclusion from the Manchester United side, and how United pushed the infamous “self-destruct” button.
Such coverage detracts away from the magnificence of achievements such as the one we saw on Gwladys Street.
Even if sides were to break the top four or finish in Europe, I have no doubt in asserting that it would not be as coveted as coverage of the big clubs, simply because they are less fashionable. Would teams find themselves higher up in the running order of Match of the Day when they were not playing against the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United? Unfortunately not and they certainly would not be splashed over anything and everything to promote the Premier League.
It is a shame that some clubs do not get the credit they deserve as it is obscured by the infatuation with the top clubs in the Premier League division when actually the also rans often contribute to its beauty in equal measure. Without the Blackpool’s, the Wigan’s and the West Bromwich Albion’s of this world throwing up the unpredictable week in, week out.