Dave Smith

Was Sergio Aguero smart – or was Marouane Fellaini stupid? You decide

Was Sergio Aguero smart – or was Marouane Fellaini stupid? You decide

  JOSE Mourinho can argue all he likes about whether Marouane Fellaini deserved a red card for being a nutter! In my eyes, no case to answer. The Manchester United midfielder lost his head; the one that landed on Sergio Aguero’s forehead. Okay,...read more »

Manchester City 0 Manchester United 0: war of attrition ends in stalemate – and a red card for Marouane Fellaini

Manchester City 0 Manchester United 0: war of attrition ends in stalemate – and a red card for Marouane Fellaini

By Dave Smith WHEN the most complimentary things you can say about a game that was hyped to the hilt revolve around ‘work-rate, marking, closing down and tackling’, you know you’ve just witnessed a stinker. Tonight’s goalless draw  between City and United...read more »

No regrets, no complaints: Pep Guardiola is ‘satisfied’ with his Manchester City debut season

No regrets, no complaints: Pep Guardiola is ‘satisfied’ with his Manchester City debut season

By Dave Smith   PEP Guardiola would have expected to keep up his record of winning a trophy (or two) in his first season in charge of a new club – as he did with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. But he insists that...read more »

Joey Barton gets both barrels from the FA and is banned for 18 months – Burnley say he will appeal

Joey Barton gets both barrels from the FA and is banned for 18 months – Burnley say he will appeal

  GIVEN his track record and numerous run-ins with the Football Association, there was no way the FA were going to go easy on serial trouble maker Joey Barton. The Burnley midfield player is alleged to have placed 1,260 bets on football...read more »

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Co are determined to give John Terry the perfect Chelsea send off

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Co are determined to give John Terry the perfect Chelsea send off

‘THAT’S’ the stamp of the champions-elect’ boomed commentator Martin Tyler in that unmistakable voice which has become synonymous with Sky Sports coverage of the Premier League. Side-kick Niall Quinn joined in with the eulogising as he added ‘this is the team...read more »

Come to the Spurs training ground and talk to Daniel Levy if you want Kyle Walker – Mauricio Pochettino tells would-be suitors

Come to the Spurs training ground and talk to Daniel Levy if you want Kyle Walker – Mauricio Pochettino tells would-be suitors

KYLE Walker would be mad to leave Tottenham – even if his place at right back has come under threat from the impressive Kieran Trippier. Wherever he goes, if a move is actually in his thoughts, he would face competition for...read more »

Eden Hazard has no qualms about missing out on Player of the Year award – N’Golo Kante is a deserved winner

Eden Hazard has no qualms about missing out on Player of the Year award – N’Golo Kante is a deserved winner

  TONIGHT’S Premier League clash between Chelsea and Southampton could hinge on the midfield showdown between the Player of the Year and a man following in his footsteps. According to Southampton boss Claude Puyel, his own midfield enforcer Oriel Romeu is ‘not...read more »

N’Golo Kante and Dele Alli the pick of a talented bunch at PFA awards

N’Golo Kante and Dele Alli the pick of a talented bunch at PFA awards

N'Golo Kante was my choice for the prestigious PFA Players' Player of the Year award - and he was duly hailed as top dog my his fellow professionals at the organisation's annual ceremony. Just as was key to Leicester's shock Premier...read more »

Alexis Sanchez wins the battle of the South American superstars as Arsene reaches another final

Alexis Sanchez wins the battle of the South American superstars as Arsene reaches another final

  FA CUP master Arsene Wenger taught the apprentice a lesson to ensure Pep Guardiola ends his debut season in England without a trophy – for the first time in his managerial career. All the signs pointed to a Manchester City win,...read more »

‘Sometimes as a coach you have to take a risk’ – this one paid off big time for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

‘Sometimes as a coach you have to take a risk’ – this one paid off big time for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

UNLIKE Antonio Conte, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino didn’t have a couple of aces up his sleeve when it came to the crunch yesterday. The Chelsea manager’s decision to start without Diego Costa AND Eden Hazard surprised us all – and it...read more »