Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Fat Sam and Hughton united in defeat

Let's start this belated round-up of the weekend's action by focusing on two of Alan Pardew's predecessors. Neither Fat Sam nor Chris Hughton got off to a good start at the helm of their relegated clubs, West Ham and Birmingham respectively. The Hammers were sunk by an injury-time strike by Cardiff's Kenny Miller, and the performance - and in particular Kevin Nolan's anonymity - will have left Fat Sam scratching his head. Hughton's side, meanwhile, surrendered a one goal lead at Pride Park and eventually going down 2-1.

Of our two loanees, Michael Richardson made his first appearance Leyton Orient from the bench but couldn't prevent his side from slipping to defeat at Walsall, while Kazenga LuaLua - making his third debut for Brighton - was hauled off at half-time, though not before being at the centre of an alleged diving incident that ended with Seagulls manager Gus Poyet being sent to the stands for his complaints. Brighton went on to overcome Doncaster with two late goals and mark the first game at their new stadium with a win.

Having opted for a change of scenery in the summer, Agent Chopra got his Ipswich career off to a flyer with two goals in a comprehensive humiliation of Bristol City on their own turf. The boot was on the other foot for the Tractor Boys tonight, though, with a Chopra-less reserve XI crashing out of the League Cup at home to Northampton - the giantkillers' first goal coming from one Ben Tozer.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fat Sam was so smug before kick off. He STILL has a premier league squad however i feel for the hammers because if they continue to play his survival tactics in the championship, they wont even make the play off's. Hughton for England lmao i joke, a top coach for the toon though.

12:23 a.m.  
Blogger Ben said...

Sadly I think Fat Sam has more than enough at his disposal to get back into the Premier League. Wouldn't begrudge Kevin Nolan getting promoted again, mind - though he'll have to play a lot better than he did on Sunday.

12:58 a.m.  

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