General Football & Goals and the simple things in football




: The art of letting the words come out before the brain is engaged, made famous by David Coleman but with very able disciples in Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson, Ron Atkinson, Terry Venables....in fact it seems endemic amongst the football fraternity.

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"Ally McCoist will always get you a goal, whether he's playing or on the bench."
Mark Hateley

"I don't know why we aren't scoring as we're keeping clean sheets."
Edwin van der Sar

"The problem at Wimbledon seems to be that the club has suffered a loss of complacency."
Joe Kinnear

"He has got his tactics wrong tactically."
Mick Quinn

"He reminds me of a completely different version of Robbie Earle."
Mark Lawrenson

"Referees, like most of us, are human beings."
Piara Powers

"I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock."
Barry Venison

"Lampard fired straight through the middle of a non-existent wall."
Paul McKenna

"Everton have a healthy list of injuries."
Michael Owen

"The header was cleared off the line by the crossbar."
Simon Brotherton

"Ruud Gullit was able to impose his multi-lingual skills on this match."
John Motson

"At this stage of the season I just tell the players to get points under their bags."
George Graham

Goals and the simple things in football!

Football is a simple enough game. Two teams play each other and the one which scores the most goals wins. As that deep-thinker Victoria Beckham once said 'I don't know much about football. I know what a goal is, which is surely the main thing about football'. But the commentators are paid to make some really mind-blowing comments about what they are watching. Sometimes they can't and out come the simple things that we all surely already know......

"Goals dictate how matches go."
Paul Merson

"We haven’t scored which means you haven’t got a chance of winning."
Bobby Robson

"The new season will be all about scoring more goals than the opposition."
Alvin Martin

"A win would be better than a draw."
Denis Law

"Liverpool will think 'we could have won this 2-2'"
Ron Atkinson

"The best thing for them to do (Ireland) is to stay at 0-0 until they score the goal."
Martin O’Neill

"We (England) haven't been scoring goals, but football's not just about scoring goals. It's about winning."
Alan Shearer

"It's a lot harder to play football when you haven't got the ball."
Andy Gray

"Goals change games."
Ron Atkinson

"Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw"
Ron Atkinson

"If you don't score you are not going to win a match."
Bobby Robson

"The first 90 minutes of the match are the most important."
Bobby Robson

"If Villa got another goal now it would change the scoreline completely."
Tony Cottee

"We can beat anyone on our day - so long as we score."
Alex Totten

"I think if they hadn't scored, we might have got a better result."
Howard Wilkinson

"Winning all the time is not necessarily good."
John Toshack

"Most goals are scored between the posts."
Jamie Redknapp

"Batistuta gets most of his goals with the ball"
Ian St John

“Sometimes in football you have to score goals.”
Thierry Henry

“You have got to miss them to score sometimes.”
Dave Bassett

"The more you lose, the more you don’t win."
Alex McLeish

"He'd score more goals if he was a better finisher."
Dion Dublin

"A game is not won until it is lost."
David Pleat

"Liverpool have lost their last two – and they conceded in both games."
Five Live radio commentator

"We were in an awkward position against Yugoslavia in that in order to win we needed to score more goals than they did."
Jose Antonio Camacho

"No matter who our opponents are, or who we are playing against, we want to win the game."
David Beckham

"I’m a firm believer that if the other side scores first, you have to score twice to win.”
Howard Wilkinson

"They (Rosenborg) have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them."
Brian Moore

"The Croatians don't play well without the ball."
Barry Venison

"Both sides have scored a couple of goals, and both sides have conceded a couple of goals."
Peter Withe during a radio commentary

"There will be a game where somebody scores more than Brazil and that might be the game that they lose."
Bobby Robson

"That’s not the type of header you want to see your defender make, with his hand.”
Ron Atkinson

“We lost because we didn't win.”

"I don’t blame individuals, I blame myself.”
Joe Royle

"Chesterfield 1 – Chester 1. Another score draw there in that local derby.”
Des Lynam

"It's 1-1, an exact reversal of the score on Saturday."
Radio 5 Live commentator

"I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league."
Mark Viduka

"Henning Berg, one of the players classified as a foreigner, which obviously as a Norwegian is something he's used to."
Radio commentator

"You can see the ball go past them, or the man, but you'll never see both man and ball go past at the same time. So if the ball goes past, the man won't, or if the man goes past, they'll take the ball."
Ron Atkinson - and you will be tested on what he said later!

"The important thing is that he shook hands with us over the phone."
Alan Ball

"Eighty per cent of teams who score first in matches go on to win them. But they may draw some – or occasionally lose.”
A thoughtful David Pleat

"Tony Banks described the English fans arrested in Marseilles as 'brain dead idiots'. That goes for me as well."
Secretary of the Football Supporters Association





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