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Sunday, May 14


What a game yesterday, whether you enjoyed the result or not I have never seen a game have so much going for it - howlers from a dodgy keeper, cramp from half the participants that forced defenders to take most of the penalties, attacking football and that goal by Gerrard which will be forever remembered as will Harewoods crippling miss. I hope Sven puts Gerrard forward this June because he is simply incredible. God clearly is a Liverpool fan after Istanbul and then this one.


  • Stevie G is the man. If Sven makes him sit back and gives Fat Frank a license to get forward he's not right upstairs.

    Steady on about Pepe Burkie. He might have made a couple of blunders on Saturday, but he's been great all season. Was Seaman dodgy cos Nayim lobbed him from practically behind the halfway line with a shot that had snow on it when it came down, and Ronnie D lobbed him with a mishit cross?

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 1:19 AM  

  • Pepe was dodgy on the day no question! He may be the Premiership keeper of the year but I think that's more a reflection of the defense than anything else. I have seen Reina enough to know that with a weak back four in front of him he would not be anywhere near as good. As for Seaman - the Ronnie goal was at a time he was dodgy!

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:02 AM  

  • As I said above, he did make a couple of errors, but he certainly redeemed himself with the save in ET and the three penos.

    Yeh, our back 4 have been great this season, but Pepe has certainly played his part as well.

    Would any of the prems top keepers be any good with a weak back 4 in front of them? Did vds save Fulham every week when he was there - errr no. Would Cech have taken Sunderland into the heady heights of the top 17 had he been there - errr no. Does Given save Newcastle when Bill and Ben (Titus & Alain) are the central pairing - err no.
    When your playing for one of the top Prem teams your are likely to have a fairly sound defence in front of you, so its up to you to compliment that by dealing with whatever comes your way, and Reina has done that this season with the exception of a few games.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 2:20 PM  

  • Ian - do you have any concerns about Reina's ability in the air? He is allegedly 6' 2" which I find suspect. Even if he is, he doesn't have much of a presence in the air and comes across as being even smaller.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 2:29 PM  

  • I am not saying Cech would have taken Sunderland to Europe or anything but I think its fair to say Reina is a decent keeper with a stellar back 4, Lehmann this year has looked a stellar keeper with a horrible ever changing back 4. VDS has looked good despite a shaky defence. For me Reina has done okay but he is howler prone, this will be proven more and more!

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 3:28 PM  

  • Why do you find his height suspect? Do reckon he glued some blocks to his feet when they measured him up down Melwood...

    He has at times looked a little unsettled in the air, deciding to punch most of the time. In his defence Rafa advised him to do this as often as possible upon his arrival, as he felt it would initially be the best way for him to acclimatise to the more physical nature of the Prem.

    Presence, or not 33 clean sheets is a monster total, which he has to be praised for. I guess over the coming seasons we'll see if he backs up his first season with consistent performances season after season.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 3:34 PM  

  • Highest save ratio as well, according to OPTA.

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 3:47 PM  

  • I'm gonna do an O'Toole and save that one Simon...

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 4:26 PM  

  • Prem 2005/06 Given Cech Reina Lehmann Robinson
    Appearances 38 34 33 38 38
    Minutes On Pitch 3420 3015 2962 3420 3420
    Goals Conceded 42 20 21 31 38
    Minutes per Goal Conceded 81 151 141 110 90
    Clean Sheets 13 17 20 16 13
    Saves 113 63 68 91 111
    Saves to Shots ratio 73% 76% 76% 75% 74%
    Mins per Save 30.3 47.9 43.6 37.6 30.8
    Catches 47 52 31 93 33
    Catch Success Rate % 98% 95% 86% 94% 89%

    Stats from OPTA, via skysports.

    Format is bound to look shoite on here!

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 4:46 PM  

  • Quiet Truefan. Let me hear from someone who has actually watched the FA Cup final.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 7:04 PM  

  • Whatever the stats say, I would take Reina 5th out of those 5 right now. Behind VDS too.

    I think he is obviously a very talented goalkeeper and is young with loads of time to get much better but I have my doubts about him. We'll see. No point in debating it here or Rich will beat me with more OPTA stats.

    Do you have his catch ratio with runners in scoring position?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 7:18 PM  

  • I find his height suspect because he looks like the smallest player in the 6-yard-box for a corner.

    Rio Ferdinand for example is also listed at 6' 2". I'll pay close attention to which is taler the next time Rio scores a last minute corner past him.

    Maybe he stuffed his boots with the same stuff Molby used to stuff his bra with?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 7:28 PM  

  • Can't understand the stats eh?
    I'm not suprized you don't get 'clean sheets', Herr Skidmarkz.

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 11:59 PM  

  • Oh I understand them. I just actually like to watch football and make up my mind that way.
    I am sure playing CM5 is just as rewarding for you though.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 7:48 AM  

  • Ooh CM! How many hours did I waste on that in 2003...!

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 7:53 AM  

  • I love CM. Haven't played since college. I discovered Neil Lennon before he was anything at Leicester.
    I think you can play online now right? Maybe we should all get it and setup an online league where we just play a couple of games a week?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 8:09 AM  

  • Actually John this isnt a bad idea, I will look into the logistics of this. If we set up a league you can be Glentoran - I will pick .. Brazil. I know one other lad here, Duffinho may go for this CL business!

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:43 AM  

  • I feel vindicated because of I had to google CM.

    It's now 'football manager' on the spectrum, I can tell ya.

    This is why my passing analysis peice wont make this blog!

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 10:53 AM  

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