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All Things Footie | Monday, December 17 | Jordan

Red Flag Flying... Half Mast

A little slip up on the way to the Championship is one way of looking at it, a door left open for Man Utd is the favoured opinion of hacks up and down the country. Both are off the mark as far as I'm concerned, the former is closest. It will certainly make the top two's encounter on Sunday compelling and essential viewing for anyone who considers themselves football fans. The latter can only be considered a desperate glimmer of misguided hope for the people clinging to the dream of ‘Fergies final fling’. That's only my opinion of course.

It has to be said that Chelsea were superb on Sunday—tearing the wannabe champions to shreads with astute passing, world class defending and a desire that just wasn't present in a Liverpool minus the boy wonder Michael Owen. It sounds an exaggeration, but Liverpool without the injury prone duo of Owen and Gerrard are not even close to being the same team.

Meanwhile I hear a call (echoed by myself) to Sven, John Terry for England. He knocks spots off Wes Brown and Ledley King in every department and I can't see any reason for not taking him to Japan and Korea. The questino is, have I jinxed the poor lad? Something like a friend of mine proclaiming — ‘McAllister, never misses’...

What's happening to Leicester? 0-4 at home to Southampton one week, a (score) draw at Elland Road the next. Dave Bassett has to be given credit for pulling the teams collective socks up and inspiring surely one of Leicester's performaces of the season. If they keep this up the team might not wake up in the building society come August.

Another determined performance from West Ham stopped Arsenal exploiting the slip-ups of their two main rivals. It was a day blessed by Thierry Henry and encompassing admirable supporting roles for the two left backs. Ashley Cole and Sebastien Schemmel shone, marauding down opposite flanks with ease and scoring/setting up the only goals of the game. If it wasn't for Sundays magnificent performance by the blue quarter of London the Hammers may have clinced a second performance of the week (if only to get another mention on the fine site www.parallaxview.nu).

Enough waffling, how about some awards...

Performace of the week : Chelsea vs Liverpool
Player of the week : Roy Keane (Man Utd)
Goal of the week : J-F Hasselbaink (Chelsea)
Team of the week :
Carlo Cudicini
Chelsea
Sebastien Schemmel
West Ham
John Terry
Chelsea
Gudni Bergsson
Bolton
Ashley Cole
Arsenal
Darren Anderton
Tottenham
Roy Keane
Man Utd
Tugay
Blackburn
Anders Svensson
Southampton
  Marian Pahars
Southampton
J-F Hasselbaink
Chelsea
 

In case you're wondering, I do have an opinion on the Woodgate/Bowyer malarkey, expect my ranting to boil over later in the week. Probably around the same time Newcastle break their London hoodoo against the unlukiest team in London. It's probably also worth noting that the ‘have your say’ link below doesn't direct you to the all things footie forum, but mereky a little pop up messageboard where you canb leave feedback or comments.

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