[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”” cite=”Gary Neville is stirred by Gareth Bale” quotestyle=”style02″]”When he opens his legs like that, it’s just a magnificent sight.” [/sws_blockquote_endquote]

 

IN THE DARK AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

A rare promotion to the Soccer Saturday front line for Iain Dowie left viewers none the wiser:

“It’s end to end stuff. All West Brom.”

 

CAUSE AND EFFECT

Dowie was on a lot surer ground with Luis Suarez:

“If you take that away from him you lose something he definitely has.”

 

DOW GROANS

Sympathetic Iain also told us that Bolton’s problems…

“… have been confounded with news of Stuart Holden’s injury.”

 

TWO BECOME NONE

But there was high praise for the Bosnian shapeshifter:

“I think Dzeko was the best of Nasri and Aguero on the day.”

 

SECOND LIFE

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been here and done that:

“It’s always nice to get your first European goal.”

 

WORD OF HOD

Ed Chamberlain: “Is this the most important North London derby in recent times?”

Glenn Hoddle: “I don’t know about the most important, maybe in recent times.”

 

JUMPING THE GUN

The Ray Wilkins jury declared its verdict fully 36 seconds into Bolton-Chelsea, roughly a minute before Chelsea took the lead:

“From the opening kickoff, Bolton have done very well.”

 

SAN ANTONIO FALLS

As Wolves press for an equaliser, Jeff Stelling recreates the Mexican opener in Texas:

“We said it would be like the Alamo and it is; the ball is in the net.”

 

SHARP U-TURN

Neil Warnock, reflex self-contradictor or reflective existentialist? Or idiot?

“In football you get what you deserve. I think we deserved more than a point.”

 

TOP, TOP, TOPOGRAPHY

Experienced climber Steve Cotterill knows a slope when he sees one:

“When you lose a goal so early, you’ve always got an uphill mountain.”

 

BIG TARGET      

Paul Merson puts it on a million sixpences:

“Anderson loops it to the six yard spot.”

 

MASTERPLAN

Pat Dolan spent some time on the Shamrock Rovers gameplan for White Hart Lane:

“Go out and win. If you can’t win, draw. If you can’t draw, lose by a few as possible.”

 

IN THE POOP

Afterwards, Stan Collymore had more bitter medicine for the Hoops to swallow:

“The Irish fans are still out there. I’m sure there’ll be some brown stuff drunk tonight.”

 

FREE HAND

The laissez-faire approach to description with Kevin Moran:

“Call it complacency, call it professionalism, call it want you want.”

 

BIG CALL

Anyone think Man United took Basel just a little for granted?

“It’s straight back to Old Trafford where there’s been a goal.”

Gordon McQueen: “Yes, it’s Alex Ferguson justifying his selection.”

 

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