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All Things Footie | Tuesday, August 20 | Jordan

Simplicity is Genius

And with those prophetic (read ‘baffling’) words Sir Bobby Robson celebrated topping the Premiership at the end of the first round of fixtures. In all fairness the scoreline flattered the Geordies but no one can deny they deserved the win. Lomano Lua Lua played a crucial part in only his 9th start for his club (he has made more than 40 substitute appearances), contributing two goals and setting up the Magpies' third.

As I've said, West Ham were not four goals weaker than Newcastle, but that's not to say they deserved more than nil points. Without Kanuté or Di Canio the Hammers looked toothless up front, Defoe was lively but wholly unsupported by the overworked Joe Cole. Debutant Edouard Cissé looked useful and Sébastien Schemmel was typically industrius down the right flank, but Newcastle's attacking options were simply too much for the eastenders. Viana, Dyer and Jenas were compentant but not spectacular, it was the combination of Solano and Lua Lua that was West Ham's undoing.

The Season's Not Started Until...

…the first all things footie awards of the 2002/2003 season are here.

Performance of the Week goes to Fulham for their four goal demolition of Bolton, worth every goal.

Goal of the Week is awarded to Arsenal's Sylvain Wiltord for his stunning solo effort against Birmingham. He may have done most of the hard work but the breathtaking counter attacking play preceeding Wiltord's run is also worth a mention.

Player of the Week goes to Birmingham's Darren Purse. Practically saving a humiliating result for his team single handedly, Purse was outstanding all day for Birmingham and I've never seen a string of blocks and last ditch tackles like his in the final ten minutes.

Team of the Week anyone?

Russell Hoult
W.B.A.
  Dominic Matteo
Leeds
Darren Purse
Birmingham
Paul Williams
Southampton
 
Sylvain Legwinski
Fulham
Patrick Vieira
Arsenal
Roy Keane
Man U
Boudewijn Zenden
Chelsea
Steed Malbranque
Fulham
  Wayne Rooney
Everton
Lomano Lua Lua
Newcastle
 

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