Rapid Fire Ratings

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Seconds away, Round Two.

I have successfully predicted the future on two previous occasions. The first was that you could get porn films on mobile phones. The was you’d be able to buy beer from a petrol station.

So here’s the third prediction. Referees will have their names on the back of their shirts. Another game over and we find ourselves whining about these clowns…

The problem is no longer that they can’t see everything, they are actually more interested now in being a component of the game than getting it right. In fact they know in their heart of hearts that they can’t possibly get it right, so they may as well just focus on becoming stars themselves.

The elbow by Julie Lescott and the stamp by Ballotelli were as obvious as they were nasty as they were intentional and so football needs to do the right thing and remove the responsibility from the increasingly vain and increasingly …useless men in black.

I’ve blogged separately on the boy Bale here.

The ratings then…

 8.oo6 I wonder if you all realize just how important he was yesterday. 

 5.234 Is he a good defender? On his day he’s a crackerjack one. Is he a good wing back? Not so much. So let’s deploy Benny in the right manner, eh?

 8.976 He was pretty immense. One of his toughest tests to date and he more or less passed with flying colours. Tough and mean and man of the match.

 7.030 A largely impressive performance aside from a moment of complete and utter stupidity. Oh well. I guess that’s why they call it ‘human error’.

  7.030 Nasri’s goal wasn’t his fault, but it was  a situation he could have done better in. I’m just really keen on defenders defending and he appears distracted.

  7.404 Didn’t do much, was this anything to do with the fact that he was battling with Walker for the wing? Defensively he offered more than Bale, but needs to actually achieve more with his possession.

  7.566 Didn’t pull the strings enough, perhaps this was as he was one of the few trying to be disciplined. 

 7. 566 A businesslike performance for which he was rewarded with a partial concussion. A big well done to Webb and the girls.

 7. 999 Magnificent goal. Magnificently stupid tactics. More here.

 6.654 Had a really tough time of it and ought to have been replaced sooner. He appeared not to be included in Bale’s master plan or Arry’s. 

 7. 623 A sensational finish, in a game when he got worse service than a diner at a Fawlty Towers Gourmet Night.

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  • Hartley says:

    The FA should stamp out this thuggery with immediate effect and any referee who does not comply should be given the elbow…. ;-)

  • BrizzleSpur says:

    Good and fair ratings, and I know what your saying about defenders defending.

    0 points, but what a tidy performance from the kings of North London. Feel a bit cheated, again, more bizarre ref decisions.
    Conspiracy? PARANOID MUCH?
    Starting to feel that way, dropping points largely down to awful and costly decisions by officials.
    However, it was a spurs player that for all of his years of hard work made the ‘ultimate’ mistake.

  • essexian76 says:

    H,You’ve given players far less than VDV’s in the past, players who’ve actually played far better than Rafa did yesterday. I know class is permanent and form’s temporary, but it’s this clause in his contract about playing in every game when fit that’s annoying me most-if there’s no clause, then there’s no other reason for his inclusion as once again he contributed nothing of note. In fact his inclusion right now is creating far more questions than answers.

    • 4 Ever Hopeful says:

      He can’t run, can’t tackle, can’t head a ball, can’t take a corner and now it seems he cannot score either. What is he doing in the team?

    • jim says:

      He wasn’t at his best yesterday. Could have been subbed earlier. But when he is he wins you them.

    • SpurredoninDublin says:

      Love him or hate him, as a result of VDV, the way we play has been altered to fit him into the team.

      Last season, it all went wrong, playing 4-5-0, because we didn’t have a player who could lead the line as a solo striker. Just my opinion, but we know that only Ade is capable of playing 4-5-1, but we failed to learn and played the formation without the only player that we have that makes it work.

      • jim says:

        There are times I think VDV is mustard and others a luxury. It could be time to give him specific orders to stay up front and not to drop too deep.

        • SpurredoninDublin says:

          I think if VDV were not in the team, we would probably be playing 4-4-2. That’s not a complaint in case anyone should think so.

  • 4 Ever Hopeful says:

    Well you have got Kaboul right at least. Fantastic. He looked like a future captain to me.

  • BrizzleSpur says:

    Does that mean you guys would favour a Defoe Ade partnership up-front?

    • essexian76 says:

      Who me, yes, I would, and IMHO if you recall earlier in the season v Liverpool we were superb, and guess who didn’t start? it was one game,I know but the moment Rafa decided he was fit, that was it, but yes, I’d like to see that formation again, if only to shake things up a little.

    • SpurredoninDublin says:

      Yes: He works well with Ade. We must be the onl team in the league that has a 12 goal top scorer who can’t get an automatic place in the team.

      • dutchman says:

        Shoulda been 13..;-) problem with defoe is not delivering when it’s needed, sums him up..(and his positioning is awful, but guess we all know that..)

        • essexian76 says:

          And I repeat, you’re saying that VDV deserves a starting place, and his performances this season have earn t him a guaranteed start?

    • jim says:

      I think we need a slight change, so I would give it a go.

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