“That was a huge win in every way for Stoke City over Hull.
It wasn’t just three points, it was five goals to boost morale and boost that goal difference.
And it was a margin of victory which well and truly kicks Hull while they are down and leaves them careering in the wrong direction to fill one of those three relegation places.
If it remains tight for Stoke at the bottom, I can’t emphasise enough how important that goal difference could be and I’m sure it won’t have escaped Michael O’Neill either.
If you agree that there’s eight clubs in trouble, then Stoke have the best goal difference of those eight.
Their minus six goal difference is so much better than Luton and Barnsley’s that it virtually guarantees a point over them now and well on course to doing the same with the other five clubs down there.
I expected a poor performance from Hull, given their current predicament, but it looks like it was even worse than that on the day.
I saw the footage of their manager, Grant McCann, on his haunches and I’m afraid it suggested he just didn’t know how to stop Stoke.
All Stoke could do was beat what was in front of them and they did so in a way which must do great things for their confidence heading into more potential six-pointers.
Reading are next for Stoke and they’ve just enjoyed a couple of results which has probably taken them out of the relegation equation for good.
And no wonder with a Pele and a Puscas in their squad.
The young career of Billy Gilmour is one of I’ve been following as I’ve waited to see when and if he could make an impact on the Premier League.
He left Rangers when he was 15 or 16 to join Chelsea and now at 18 he’s made his full debut and won the man-of-the-match award against Everton over the weekend.
He’s only about four foot, but what a heart, and he must go straight into the senior Scotland squad.
Our well is so dry that any player playing in the Premier League, whatever his age, must qualify for the national team right away.
I believe Roy Keane said on Sky that we should judge the lad when he’s had his first real pay rise and bought his first flash car – which is typical of Roy – but hopefully we have no worries where this lad is concerned.
He’s apparently the first Scottish midfielder to play for Chelsea since Steve Clarke in 1998, which says a lot about Chelsea’s recruitment and the lack of talent coming out of Scotland.
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What a contrast to 75 year-old grand-dad Ezzeldin Bahader, by the way.
He’s just made his debut for an Egyptian third division team – scoring from the penalty spot no less – and now he needs to play a second game to qualify as the oldest ever professional player in the Guinness Book Of Records.
Call me a sceptic, but I think we should make sure that birth certificate of his is truly authentic.
Finally, the Manchester derby was a bit of a throw back to the old days this weekend.
No talk about systems, but plenty about the desire, togetherness, work and passion of those in red.”