As weekends go I’ve taken it easy, Friday night I had a few down at the local with the guys. Most of them had, had busy weeks at work, so never really like listening to me go on about what I do, or as what I don’t do. It’s not like I don’t know what hard work is, I worked bloody hard when I was young and partied even harder. And now I’ll help mates out if they need it provided the cash is in hand. However as money isn’t an issue anymore I don’t see why I should be a slave to the wage if I don’t have to be. Anyway the wife works part time to keep me in beer and Xbox games.
Still I don’t find going down to the local as enjoyable as I once did. It’s changed, not just the price increases but I think we have lost some of the atmosphere we once had. Either from the smoking ban or just because no one goes out anymore because they are skint. It’s not too bad because we can still play pool although I have slacked off being in the pool league recently. I think it’s a sign of the time, many people state the great British pub is declining.
Many boozers now are turning into gastro pubs and bistro bars, as selling food along with drink is the only way to stay viable. However not all of us like this gastro pub food and like our boozers. One of the other pubs near us which I used to frequent was turned into a fancy gastro pub. Don’t get me wrong the food served was excellent however you could never get a seat unless you booked in for a meal, because most seating was taken for eating.
It was a close shave though with Leeds when we played Boro’, after our one nil lead, they managed to draw equal with us in the second half. But we managed to go ahead again five minutes later thanks to a header by Jason Pearce. We then managed to keep the lead till the end of the game, would have been nice to net a few more though! It did help though that Boro’ were down to ten men just before the end of the first half, when Jason Steele was sent off for a foul on Dexter Blackstock.
Anyway all that matters is where are creeping up the table, in 6th place, in the playoffs. We do need to keep on this winning form and get our GD back up. But I think we may be within a fighting chance. We are in a much better position than we have been in the past and I and other fans are a lot more confident under the manger ship of Brian McDermott. Our next game is away against Blackburn, who were stuck with a goalless draw at the weekend against Reading. Their draw was our gain, which saw reading drop from the play off zone. Hopefully we can just keep on form!
Whilst having Sunday, dinner (rather late) this afternoon, I had the Citeh game on. And bloody hell wouldn’t have thought they were playing against a team which is considered top flight! Think Tottenham just laid down and let Citeh to take them. Not a bad match to watch, if you’re a fan of neither although it was getting a bit boring by the end, when Tottenham completely gave up the goose. And to top off my footballing weekend Manure drew after winning for most of the game ha ha!
You can read the full story here, but basically QPR are looking at being fine by the Football League £60million because of the financial fair play rules! It’s about time they clamped down on this. QPR made a loss of £80million during the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season, they were also relegated despite massive signings. Their weekly wage bill for players was huge with some on over £100,000 per week.
They won’t get the fine now though, they will have to wait until they get promoted back to the premier League. They are currently in third position level on points and GD with Leicester. Their next game after the international break is on Saturday against Charlton, where they will be playing at home. Leeds next game will be Saturday against Boro’ at home. Hopefully we won’t lose any of our momentum now after winning against Charlton last week.
Occasionally you get to catch the odd Leeds game on Sky. It’s a rare and great occasion as a fan who doesn’t go to many live games. Now it looks like in the next couple of years, sports on Sky will be changing. BT are coming in strong and taking a great many things just yesterday news that they have won the £900m Champions League TV rights from Sky and ITV.
Add that to the Premier League and no doubt more when the contract runs out in a couple of years and BT look set to be the Sport kings. Currently I am a Sky customer and have been for years, but if I lose a good chunk of sport unless it’s replaced with full Championship games I might have to scrap it. Movies and TV box sets can now be easily streamed, I have been catching up on some great ones through my Blu-ray player recently with Netflix. The only thing I would miss are the great new US shows I like, however there are ways and means to download these from the states and watch even before they are on here.
However I’m not sure I would move to BT. They pissed me off royally when I changed to sky broadband, continuously charging me despite cancelling. They ‘had no record’ of me cancelling, twice and then took them six months to refund me only for them to take a payment through DD which I had cancelled. So I am really unwilling to go to them for footy.
The option of easy streaming does it for me if I could stream the sports I wanted from one source, movies from another, TV shows and also news from different places, but at a fair price, with the option to save to a hard drive then I’m all for it over just paying for Sky. However with streaming you need a good internet connection. Currently although I don’t have Sky fibre their broadband aint bad.
Anyway all this footy talk and I forgot to mention our win yesterday. I was out and about with the wife after a temporary reprise of back pain, luckily I had 3G coverage so got my updates on the go! My phone buzzed before halftime and although in the lead we lost it just before the break. However it looked like on the up after second half with the second Leeds goal interrupted me whilst talking to a salesman in a shop with a goal from a penalty, boo yeah! However as we were relaxing with a coffee, it looked like Leeds were on their usual form losing a lead, when Charlton equalised after 69 minutes.
My worry turned to hoping we weren’t inline for a defeat and hopeful could stop them scoring again. But then again Ross McCormick was here to save the day, making a hat trick after 72 minutes and me yelping in delight in the coffee shop embarrassing the wife. With minutes to spare on the car parking we got back just as the game was heading into extra time, which saw McCormick get his fourth and final goal of the game. Few it was intense but great, would have been better to see the game, but it did make my afternoon out better!
My only worry now is that we can keep hold of McCormick, there was chattering in the summer of him going to Middlesbrough (yes Boro that shite team in 16th) I think he will want to stay put especially as we move up the league. Currently sitting in 8th with a GD of 4 aint too bad for us really. We just have to keep striving and keep winning and getting all those clothes.
No, I’m not on cracking form, ha, not a chance! However Leeds are for a change, well they were on cracking form this weekend and god knows how long it will last! Our performance at home hasn’t been too bad, we have won four at home and drawn one out of seven games and we have won two away and drawn once out of seven games. Obviously it could be a lot better, however we are currently sat in 8th place. If we keep going, we will be able to move up the table, something we haven’t done much of in the last few years. In fact this time last season we weren’t in as good form.
After our win today at home against Yeovil Town, our next game is away against Charlton. Our defence was strong today and we kept Yeovil down, despite not having as much of the position. However our shots on target and accuracy saw us take the lead after 48 minutes by Ross McCormack scoring from the six yard line. Then keep that lead throughout the second half with another goal by McCormack after 67 minutes. I can’t say our defence wasn’t challenged by Yeovil, it certainly was however we kept our cool, a clean sheet and our three points.
Charlton could make or break us, currently sat in 17th they need a win. Hopefully we can keep on pushing and we can see a good result next weekend. However for me that’s a long way off as I have quite a busy week.
I’ve had a lazy day today, watching football and playing a bit of Xbox, however tomorrow I promised Id help with the house work and sort out the garden. The recent storms have left some aspects damaged so I need to throw away some stuff from the garden. I also need to tidy the garden room as it has become a bit of a dumping zone.
The wife and I also need to work out what we are doing about our holiday situation, if I am going to be able to see my dad next year and also what we are doing this Christmas with her family. The holiday stuff I don’t mind thinking about, but Christmas with the MIL eugh! No! I also promised I’d give a mate a hand shifting some furniture he wants to sell at action which means hiring a van and filling it up. I’m hoping he makes a lot from it, so I get a nice cut of the money for helping!
Finally Call of Duty is out on Tuesday, its on pre-order so I will be spending time on that, I might have time to let you know what I think on here.
So I went out for Sunday dinner yesterday with the Missus as she was too tired to cook. We went up into the Dales and found a nice spot. It was pretty busy and we didn’t get seated to till gone three by which time I was starving! The pub actually did three portion sizes, small, medium and large, naturally I went for the large. Plus starter and pudding, so I was veritably stuffed after. But it was bloody good!
Luckily for me too, the pub we were in had free Wi-Fi so I managed to get my updates on the Leeds game. By time we had sat down for the food we were 4-0 up! Which was bloody brilliant! It put me in a right good mood. We really needed this win and the GD is now improved which is handy as it can mean all the difference if your close to the playoff games. We now have to keep this up for our next game against Huddersfield.
Luckily for us Birmingham had a shocking game, they really did fall apart. Taking a lead early on helped, especially going 2-0 up before half time. This meant we had the confidence going into the second half, sometimes it does cause your opponents to rally though. But luckily for us Birmingham didn’t! For a change we really showed determination and quality which we have been lacking recently, so hopefully it’s here to stay.
We had flow and consistency, push forward constantly which wasn’t too hard to do because Birmingham’s defence broke down a bit and their goal keeper had a shocker. However Birmingham did have a lot of the possession, they struggled with shot and shots on target, however they did have more corners. Both teams had equal fouls, it just seems like we could follow though and they couldn’t.
Anyway as I mentioned before, we need to carry on this good form into our next game. On Saturday we face Huddersfield away, they haven’t been on brilliant form, losing and drawing their last few games. If we can carry on like this next week we are in with a fighting chance. However I am not holding my breath.
Don’t worry, I am fine, my football club however are not. Leeds had another disappointing weekend which saw us slide down to 14th after a defeat at Derby. In a week which saw Derby gain a new manager in the form of England failure Steve McClaren it also saw their 10th successive win over us. It’s been ten years since we last won against Derby at Pride Park and we were back in the Premier League back then!
We were sloppy at the start letting the first two goals in, however after the break we picked up pace and had more chances, unfortunately only one came into fruition. We really have to stop going down early on and have a good defence from the start. Plus we really need to start scoring some goals.
Our next game is at home, playing Birmingham, who are for now below us in the table. We really need a win from this and a good one at that! We will have to wait for the internationals first, which see good old England playing Montenegro at home on Friday. We have been on poor form recently and we really don’t look like we have the lasting power to play in this competition. We are currently top of the group, one point above Poland. To be honest it’s not the hardest group, we could be facing worse teams. Luckily we aren’t and still not performing as we should.
Anyway I thought I would put a few pennies on these games, I used howtobet4free.com which also provided me with a number of bettering tips, although one tip they missed was; don’t bet on England to win! I have toned down my gambling after my drunken exploits, I have also cut a line out of my weekly Lottery after they hiked up the price, thieving beggars!
I don’t have many hopes of winning big, I never do though, but one can dream. And who knows one day Leeds might win! Oh well on the plus side Manure are still doing shite!