Jambo Humiliation Shows Pardew Was Right About Jocko League
19 August 2011 12:25
Alan Pardew caused e-mails to flood out of Chilly Jockoland when he claimed the Scottish Premier League was on par with Non-League Sunday football. Rangers and Celtic have headed the "Two Team Jocko League" for a lifetime, making it the WORST league in world football. We constantly get e-mails from 'Sweaty Sock Land' saying Pardew was out of order saying Fraser Forster was not progressing learning his trade at Parkhead. Alan Pardew: "To be honest with you, I don't want Fraser to return to that league. "It is rubbish. Only the Old Firm games mean anything . and I saw two of those last season and they were just as bad as the rest of the games in that league." Ever since Newcastle Utd were formed, there has always been a strong Scots presence in the team. The legends are endless - Hughie Gallacher; Ronnie Simpson; Bobby Mitchell; Bob Moncur; John McNamee; Jimmy Scott; Jimmy Smith; Jackie Sinclair; Tony Green; Mark McGhee; etc. But who have we had of late? Last night, Pardew was right, as Tottenham marched towards the group stages with a 5-0 demolition of Hearts at Tynecastle. Rafael Van der Vaart broke the deadlock on five minutes, bundling his way into the area before slotting into the bottom corner, and the Dutchman was involved again on 13, setting Aaron Lennon free to pick out Jermaine Defoe. Defoe turned provider when he played a one-two with Jake Livermore on the edge of the area and the latter drove home a third just before the half-hour. Spurs looked likely to score every time they went forward while in contrast Heurelho Gomes did not have a shot to save in the first half. That changed briefly after the restart as Hearts had a string of corners that caused panic in the Spurs box and Andrew Driver fired in an angled shot. But any hopes of a revival were snuffed out on 63 when Tom Huddlestone picked out the run of Gareth Bale, whose first touch took him round Marian Kello and he slotted into an empty net. And Spurs' fifth came 12 minutes from time after a quick break, Andros Townsend feeding Defoe down the left who crossed for Lennon to score. Celtic failed to win in the first leg of their Europa League play-off clash at Parkhead again Sion. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, signed on the eve of the game on another season-long loan deal from Newcastle, made his second debut in place of Lukasz Zaluska, who dropped to the bench. The match was surrounded by some intrigue as Sion had travelled to Glasgow with five players who, in the eyes of FIFA, were ineligible. The Swiss club had allegedly broken a signing embargo to recruit the players and two of them, Pascal Feindouno and former Hearts defender Jose Goncalves, were in the starting line-up. Forster had little to do, but had to tip a Sio free-kick from distance over the bar but flapped at the resultant corner and was lucky to see the ball end up in his hands. It was his "flapping" at corners during pre-season that had Toon boss Alan Pardew asking if Forster was good enough for the English Premier League. At the end of the game the Hoops players trooped off to the sound of boos from their own supporters, who will view next week's game with some trepidation.