Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let's pretend

Little wonder that Arsene Wenger and Tony Pulis don't get on: they're like chalk and cheese. Wenger complains about violent tackles, Pulis complains about diving. Wenger claims not to have seen things that did genuinely happen, Pulis claims to have seen things that didn't.

In the wake of Sunday's match, Stoke manager Pulis accused one of our players of feigning injury without actually identifying the supposed culprit. As I noted in my match report, the Potters won the game without resorting to underhand tactics - put simply, in the second half they played their game which we struggled to cope with while failing to get our own going. So what could have made Pulis so touchy and quick to point the finger?

Well, the clue's in his reference to "the bad publicity we have had this week with the challenge from Andy Wilkinson". Yes, Tony, what you're neglecting to mention is that that bad publicity was thoroughly deserved for a brutal and utterly unnecessary injury-time foul which put Fulham's Moussa Dembele on the treatment table. Just because you and your players are feeling victimised, don't think you can bandy about baseless accusations and victimise others.

On the subject of managers who really don't like each other, was anyone else amused to see King Kev taking the opportunity to rile his old adversary Taggart by describing Wayne Rooney's confidence as "shot"?


Anonymous ako said...

Barton went down like he was shot but when realised play was goin on he got up and ran like nothin was wrong he was feiging an injury. Then again he played the game like a man with 2 broken legs haha

9:52 am  
Blogger Ben said...

There are a lot of things you could accuse Barton of (and indeed I would agree), but that he feigns injury isn't one. I take it you didn't see the repeated assaults perpetrated against him in the Wolves game? He did Henry and others a favour by not making as much of the challenges as they deserved.

12:53 pm  
Anonymous Michael said...

I love how managers come out with these ridiculous comments about players on other teams to deflect from their own teams problems, we all call them on it and proceed to indulge their false accusations for the next week.

It's no wonder they do it because it works. I just wish the media would call them on it and then report the real story.

2:28 pm  

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