Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: Time's right for goal line technology

 

In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon “Smudger” Smith has played for over 67 clubs and has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.

The use of goal line technology is an argument as old as Time: somewhere between ten and fifteen years (Time is my sister's dog). Finally sense has prevailed and it has been cleared for use in the Premier League. I've always been pro-technology and think it's vital we don't just stop at the goal line.

I remember a decision costing us dear back when I was at Man City. We were one-nil up with sixty minutes to go when the ball clearly went out for a throw. Uwe Rosler got some stick for not playing to the whistle but the rules of the game state there needn't always be a whistle for throw-ins.  Play went on and they took possession when it should have been our throw. Seven minutes on they score and we go on to lose. Just eighteen months later we found ourselves relegated. They say that these things even themselves out over time but that would only be the case if football were played to infinity. We all wish it was, but it isn't.

No technology was needed for Aguero's excellent goal that sealed a win for City, and what a goal it could yet prove as it means United's lead has been lightly shaved to twelve points. Though to be honest, as long as Sir Alex can avoid schoolboy mistakes, like starting a Red Devils space programme that sends the club into administration and loses them ten points, the title will surely be moving across the city of Manchester.

Messi categorically proved he was a better player than a certain former Man United number seven on Wednesday night. Now he's bested Beckham, he'll no doubt have Ronaldo in his sights.

It's a crazy coincidence that in the year England had no representation in the CL quarter finals, the press have finally realised what a good competition the Europa league is. Like comedian Hale after his double act partner retired, Tottenham had to make do without pace on Thursday. Sadly for Spurs they weren't able to get the job done without Bale and Lennon.

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