Sunday, 12 August 2007

Football Season 07/08 - First Weekend

Another one of my interests is the English football season(soccer to Americans out there...). So, even though it has nothing to do with skepticism, I'm going to sporadically update this blog with football stuff. Feel free to skip :).
First of all, personal reporting bias. I am a supporter of Birmingham City, my second team is West Bromwich Albion. I also like Walsall. Thus, I don't like either Aston Villa or Wolverhampton Wanderers. I also don't like West Ham United. Or Portsmouth.

Our result today was: Chelsea 3-2 Birmingham City
Chelsea: Pizarro, Malouda, Essien
Birmingham: Forssell, Kapo

First of all, we gave Chelsea a damn good game today. We did not look like a bad side at all. The defence, however, needs to work on its game. Shaun Wright-Phillips teared us to shreds down the wing, we definetly needed to mark him better. We marked him a little better as the game went on, but there were still moments where he got in behind us. Then again, Chelsea's defense wasn't exactly brilliant at times either--they failed to pick up Forssell for the first goal. The midfield got stuck in and battled very hard and I'm pleased with the effort from the team. Forssell came back and looked sharp although we needed to get the ball into his feet more. Some of the passing from people like Larsson was a little lax and we didn't get enough good crosses into the box. Kapo looked like he has got some skill and will turn out to be a good signing--the goal from him was an absolute belter! McSheffery, however, was hardly in the game, he's a great player but today was anonymous. Two of the goals we conceded could also have been saved by the goalkeeper Doyle--he needs to try and do as well as he did last season when he played very well.
Although we lost, it was to one of the best teams in the league, and there were more positives in the game itself than negatives.

Other Results Of Interest To Me This Week

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Burnley 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton 1-2 Watford
Walsall 1-1 Carlisle

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