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Monday, October 30, 2006


Team of the Week

Garth Crooks has made his team of the week selection:

Garth Crooks' Team | Prolix's Team

I chose a 4-4-2 formation ahead of Garth's 4-3-3. We both opted for the impressive Ben Foster in goal, his three saves from the persevering Lennon were particularly good, it was a tough choice for me to select him ahead of Tim Howard who put in a remarkable performance at the Emirates stadium.

With one notable exception (Sol Campbell, yet again!), we had very differing opinions when it came to our defences. Partnering Campbell, I went with Yobo who did everything right against Arsenal and had Henry in his pocket, Garth went with the Hornets' Shittu - who for me, didn't have much to do apart from offer an acrobatic method of keeping the ball in play, only for Tommy Smith to spurn the glorious chance. I went with the chuckle brothers at fullback, Gary for his part in the demolition of Bolton and Phil for his sheer stamina, determination and general solidness against Arsenal. Crook's went for Bridge and Johnson, I'm not entirely sure why, neither were exceptional as far as I saw.

In midfield, Garth has done his usual trick of including someone purely for scoring a goal, Cahill was good against Arsenal, sure, and he scored the crucial goal but for me there were more rounded performances - Alonso for one. Liverpool's Xabi was excellent and pulled all the strings in their return to form beating the previously undefeated Aston Villa. I felt Giggs was again at his best in the win over Bolton and offered me the width my 4-4-2 formation required. Ballack and Mendes both had very good games and fully deserve their places in both Garth's and my own team.

Upfront it was obviously not an option to leave out Rooney after his hatrick, it was merely a question of who had done enough to earn a place alongside him. Garth went with Kuyt and Persie, both of whom I omitted for not being clinical enough, they wasted a hat full of chances between them despite both scoring decent goals. Kanu for me did more to warrant a place, he ran the show against Reading and his somewhat overlooked aerial ability once again saw Pompey on top of things, the Nigerian is now atop of the top scorers chart.

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