February 25, 2010
Stuart Holden impressed in his debut for Wanderers on Wednesday night and hopes it will stand him in good stead for the remainder of the campaign.
The midfielder is hoping that a regular role with Wanderers will put him in contention for a World Cup berth with the United States and did well on his first start since crossing the Atlantic in January.
He said after the game: "I thought we had some good chances, but when you play against that type of quality you are going to get punished if you don't take them. I felt good out there I was helped by the lads and the Manager. They have really made me feel part of the set up and so I was pleased to get the chance to show people what I can do.
"The game was quick and I thought we did play some good stuff at times, but unfortunately the result doesn't show that."
Holden started out in the centre of the park before switching over to the right flank as the game transpired.
He added: "I play out wide for the USA and central for my MLS team, and so I have worked hard on my versatility and will always give it my best shot. I will keep on working hard to try and keep myself in the reckoning with the Manager."
The Manchester City defender released a short statement to Press Association Sport this morning claiming his presence within the national squad was potentially ''divisive'' and that he did not wish to be selected.
It leaves Fabio Capello without both his first-choice left-backs for ednesday's friendly with Egypt. The move comes after lurid details about a relationship between Bridge's former partner Vanessa Perroncel and Chelsea defender John Terry came to light.
Terry was ultimately stripped of the England captaincy by Capello, who earlier this week spoke of his optimism that Bridge would continue to play for his country. However, after a lot of soul searching, the 29-year-old feels it is an impossible situation for him to contemplate.
''It has always been an honour to play for England,'' said Bridge. ''However, after careful thought, I believe my position in the squad is now untenable and potentially divisive.''
February 22, 2010
What are you supposed to do when you're furious? Have you tried counting to 10? Okay, then what about 50? 100? What about a nice long walk in the sleet to cool off? I'd love to know what Owen Coyle did between ducking for shelter after 90 dismal minutes at Ewood Park and re-emerging relatively composed for his interviews. Whatever he did to calm down, I feel like I need some of that now.
February 10, 2010
On Wednesday, everyone will discuss Man City’s 2-0 win over Bolton using words like routine and comfortable, so I’m going to use my platform to try to ward off an orgy of generalisation and condescension.
February 4, 2010
When was the last time following Bolton was like this? Coming out of a frosty transfer window, Bolton are one of the few basement-dwellers with any sort of momentum. This feels like a brand new team, a brand new atmosphere and a sunnier situation, at a time when traditionally supporting Bolton is at it's worst.