“I will be able to’t say I used to be in particular stunned through the feedback of Nathan Jones after the Millwall defeat.

He mentioned his gamers lacked struggle, weren’t in a position and/or within the temper to struggle.

That more or less evaluate doesn’t marvel me concerning the Stoke Town gamers, or any gamers come to that.


And after I listen that Stoke legend Denis Smith has been lamenting the loss of management at the pitch, once more that isn’t surprising anymore.

Whilst you listen the likes of Graeme Souness and Roy Keane announcing the similar on TV, there’s clearly a excellent explanation why for it.

They performed in an absolutely other generation relating to the elemental attributes any soccer participant must possess and often produce, or a minimum of attempt to produce.

As a substitute, we’re handled to terrible spectacles like Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and his substitution in opposition to Crystal Palace.

Now if he used to be some more or less Arsenal legend, he would possibly simply have a case to be slightly dissatisfied, however even then he’d be out of order.

So when he used to be subbed, he cups his ear to the group as though to mention he can’t listen their jeers.

Then he will get to the touchline and we see the standard garbage of starting up his blouse, brushing previous his supervisor and heading for the tunnel.

He did the whole thing however chuck his blouse at the flooring – and he almost certainly considered doing that one too.


If that more or less factor had took place in my day, his personal gamers would have thrown him off the pitch.

Some would possibly say it used to be a display of pastime.

Do me a favour. That wasn’t pastime, that used to be petulance, and it used to be cringing to observe.

Nor used to be I that stunned through Southampton’s capitulation on Friday evening after they went a person down after going one down – and ended up dropping 9-0, in entrance of their very own enthusiasts for goodness sake, in opposition to Leicester.

It took place as a result of footballers lately don’t call for digging in and getting caught in every time the percentages are in opposition to you to steer clear of that more or less embarrassment.

These days, it’s all about ways and formation. We’ve long gone totally clear of what soccer was about, fundamentals like having a real want and keenness to win, or a minimum of now not get beat, and on no account 9-0.

Angus Gunn is beaten for a ninth time as Southampton are thrashed by Leicester
Angus Gunn is overwhelmed for a 9th time as Southampton are thrashed through Leicester
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I see the Southampton gamers have now donated their pay to charities, however they must by no means be placing themselves into such an embarrassing state of affairs.

I used to be decided to not point out the rugby Global Cup this week, now not with England attaining the general!

However I will be able to’t steer clear of it for the reason that behaviour and function of the ones rugby lads throws lately’s footballers into a good worse mild.

Speaking of substitutions after that Xhaka fiasco, rugby gamers now not handiest don’t query their substitution, on no account in public, they definitely run off the pitch and that regardless of spending each and every remaining ounce of power they have got.

What I noticed on Saturday morning, when England defeated the All Blacks, used to be the most productive 80 mins of recreation I’ve noticed this season.


Health ranges? Improbable. Aggression? Improbable. Need and dedication to succeed in the general? Improbable.

England out-powered and out-fought the most productive staff on the earth to say a deserved victory.

The scoreline of 19-7 suggests it used to be comfy, however I’m positive the our bodies of the England gamers will inform you one thing else.

They’re the sector champions in ready and this is one Scotsman taking a look ahead to looking at them reach that subsequent Saturday morning.

No quarter asked or given as England defeat the All Blacks
No quarter requested or given as England defeat the All Blacks
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No longer such a lot as a result of it’s England, after all, however as a result of I’m taking a look ahead to seeing a repeat of the ones qualities I point out.

Again to Stoke, in the meantime, and it’s an uncomfortably lengthy look forward to the following sport subsequent Monday, during which time Barnsley would possibly have dumped them again at the very backside as soon as once more.

Barnsley away is the following sport after subsequent Monday’s, and subsequent Monday it’s West Bromwich Albion coming to the city.

Stoke historically loved an unbelievably excellent report in opposition to the Baggies, indisputably all over my time as supervisor after which when Tony Pulis used to be in price.


It used to be no twist of fate, after all, it used to be as a result of we extra incessantly than now not out-run and out-fought the Albion.

Then, having received the ones battles, we out-played them and tended to attain extra targets than them.

Whether or not it is going to be the similar subsequent Monday, although, I’m now not so positive.

No longer simply as a result of the query marks being raised over the Stoke lads presently, however perhaps as a result of Albion supervisor Slaven Bilic is the kind to call for slightly of struggle from his gamers.

I’m assured Stoke enthusiasts gets at the back of their gamers in the event that they display keen, in particular in opposition to West Brom, and one have a look at that league desk tells us all we wish to find out about how vital the sport is to each golf equipment.”

* Apply Lou on Twitter @LouMacari10

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