Since Alan Pardew took over as manager of Crystal Palace FC, we at HLTCO have felt compelled to comment on the idiotic, pointed and utterly blinkered view of those who run Newcastle United blog “The Mag” on more than one occasion and today, they’ve provoked yet another reaction from us.
The Mag are doing their best to throw a few digs in our direction again; this time by twisting Wilfried Zaha’s words out of all recognition, by suggesting that he intends to keep on “cheating” after being booked against them. It’s both pathetic and ill-informed.
Undeniably bitter about the hammering they received at our hands on Saturday afternoon, those witty little scamps have pounced upon quotes given by Wilfried Zaha in the aftermath of his yellow card for simulation against them, by suggesting that he has vowed to continue “cheating” despite being slapped with a suspension.
You would think that a team in free-fall, stuck in the relegation zone with a floundering manager, passionless players and a universally despised owner would present a website dedicated specifically to the Toon Army with an ample amount of material to chew over, but it seems they simply can’t stop themselves from taking potshots at a side who comprehensively outplayed them over the course of 90 minutes.
The simple fact that the visiting side were already 2-1 down and on the ropes at the time of Zaha’s booking doesn’t seem to have entered into The Mag’s thoughts on the matter, which in essence, highlights their mindset heading into games of late, less focused on their own team’s shortcomings than the disciplinary action taken against the opposition.
My main gripe in all of this though, is the assumption that Zaha had made a living from regularly diving; a lazy and ultimately incorrect statement. Having watched him on an almost weekly basis for the best part of five years, I have witnessed countless instances within which the wide man has been perfectly good penalty appeals waved away as a direct consequence of his “reputation” across the game. Whilst listing them here would be a churlish and ultimately pointless pursuit, the fact remains that he has been harshly treated by the game’s officials for years, not that the narrow-minded chaps at The Mag will admit it.
Perhaps you feel that taking the time to vent about the idiotic nature of their post on the subject is a waste of time and energy, but honestly, the mere sight of their name in our NewsNow feed has come to instill a sense of dread and annoyance simultaneously.
Have a read of it for yourselves, both Palace and Newcastle fans alike are almost certain to roll their eyes.