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Blake's 7 - Why it's time to give Suarez a break

Hi, Paul Blake here again with another look at the past week in the crazy world of football.

In this week’s edition of Blake’s 7, I come out in support of a misunderstood Uruguayan striker and argue that the DW Stadium is where this year’s Premier League could be won and lost.

Hold on to your hats; it’s about to get controversial!

Suarez ban hypocrytical?

Racist comments, whether intended or otherwise, are simply unacceptable in any place of work and usually result in disciplinary action being taken.

That said, I don’t believe Suarez was being deliberately racist towards Patrice Evra.

However, I do think that when a specific word that Suarez was using was having an impact on Patrice Evra, he continued to use it again and again to gain a psychological advantage over his opponent.

This is typical of South American ‘anti-football’ and to punish Suarez for this is to punish him for being South American. Isn’t this in itself a form of racism? Shame on the FA!

Bolton win six pointer

Bolton Wanderers collected all three points when they defeated fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Tuesday night.

This victory adds weight to the argument that Bolton should keep faith with their manager, Owen Coyle, despite his team’s precarious position in the Premiership table.

Coyle arrived at the club with the team in a similar position and that experience will stand him in good stead for the challenge that lies ahead. No doubt, he will now look to off-load Gary Cahill in the January transfer window, in order to bring in three or four fresh faces.

Wigan: The graveyard of Premier League ambition

Wigan Athletic’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool this week clearly demonstrates that the point they won at home to Chelsea last week was no fluke.

Roberto Martinez has developed a successful way of playing at home against the top six sides, which works very well for Wigan.

They have become an excellent counter-attacking side who are content to sit deep for long periods of the game. It may be at Wigan that the points, which decide where the Premier League trophy ends up, are won and lost.

Familiar Old Firm finale

Thankfully, the Scottish Premier League is beginning to look interesting again. Well, as interesting as it ever gets in a two horse race.

The Christmas Eve fixtures saw Rangers blow their slender lead at the top as they went down 2-1 at St Mirren, whilst Celtic picked up all three points at home against Kilmarnock; a Georgios Samaras brace doing the damage for the Bhoys.

With the Old Firm meeting at Celtic on Wednesday 28th, it is possible that Celtic could even top the table going into the New Year. Who’d have thought it?

Boxing Day turkeys

Like an obliging Christmas turkey, Wigan Athletic were royally stuffed at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Theirs was an embarrassing performance, of the type that Wigan have made their specialty in the few years that they have been in the Premier League.

I wouldn’t rush to praise United too quickly after this 5-0 drubbing. Let’s face it; even Berbatov was made to look good in this one. His hat-trick, completed from the penalty spot, may put an extra zero onto his price-tag in the January sales.

City draw a blank

For all their firepower, Manchester City failed to register a win at the Hawthorns on Boxing Day.

Theirs was a performance that lacked Christmas punch and, like a useless Santa, City struggled to deliver any Christmas cheer for their fans.

These two points dropped, have allowed United to draw level going into the New Year. Mancini will need some bigger wing mirrors on his sleigh, if he is going to catch a glimpse of the big fella in red as he goes flying past.

Welcome to Anfield (please take a point away with you)

Blackburn are the latest Premier League strugglers to take a point away from Anfield this season.

Despite having a sack-full of chances, Liverpool could only convert one and when Charlie Adam put through his own net, Liverpool fans must have thought they’d read this script somewhere before.

It turned into somewhat of a pantomime from then on. Liverpool players took it in turns to fire shots into the crowd like the ugly sisters throwing sweets to grateful children in the audience.

Even Blackburn joined in the fun when Dunn and Yakubu tried to create the two ends of a pantomime horse in front of an open Liverpool net, resulting in Dunn’s shot dribbling hilariously wide.

You could also be forgiven for thinking that Blackburn had brought a pantomime hero along with them.

Blackburn goalkeeper Mark Bunn kept out everything that Liverpool could throw at him, including a point blank effort in the final minute.

It’s fair to say that while Blackburn rode their luck well, Liverpool could do with just a slice of fortune in front of goal.

That’s all from me for this week. Happy New Year.

Paul Blake 


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