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Poll: MOTM v West Ham (43 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. Tim Howard (3 votes [6.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.98%

  2. Phil Neville (1 votes [2.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.33%

  3. Sylvain Distin (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Phil Jagielka (5 votes [11.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.63%

  5. Leighton Baines (4 votes [9.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.30%

  6. Johnny Heitinga (17 votes [39.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.53%

  7. Leon Osman (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (3 votes [6.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.98%

  9. Steven Pienaar (6 votes [13.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.95%

  10. Louis Saha (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Tim Cahill (1 votes [2.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.33%

  12. Ayegbeni Yakubu (3 votes [6.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.98%

  13. Jack Rodwell (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 MikeO

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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 15:04

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Current Player of the Year standings....


Fellaini 268

Pienaar 187

Heitinga 184

Osman 141

Arteta 135

Cahill 128

Saha 111

Rodwell 101

Baines 97

Howard 87

Bilyaletdinov 85

Distin 72

Hibbert 71

Donovan 71

Coleman 70

Yakubu 34

Duffy 23

Yobo 20

Jagielka 17

Neill 15

Anichebe 13

Neville 11

João Alves Jô 10

Vaughan 8

Gosling 6

Senderos 4

Nash 3

Baxter 3

Agard 2

Forshaw 1

Akpan 1



MOTM winners....

Wolves (A) Steven Pienaar

Manchester City (A) Tim Cahill

Bolton (H) Mikel Arteta

Birmingham (A) Mikel Arteta


Hull City (H) Mikel Arteta

Tottenham (A) Ayegbeni Yakubu

Sporting Lisbon (A) Tim Howard


Manchester United (H) Leon Osman

Sporting Lisbon (H) Leon Osman

Chelsea (H) Landon Donovan


Liverpool (A) Johnny Heitinga

Wigan (A) Tim Cahill

Sunderland (H) Marouane Fellaini


Birmingham (H) Steven Pienaar

Manchester City (H) Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal (A) Marouane Fellaini


Carlisle (H) Marouane Fellaini

Burnley (H) Steven Pienaar

Sunderland (A) Marouane Fellaini


Birmingham (A) Leighton Baines

BATE Boresov (H)...Shane Duffy

Chelsea (A)...Johnny Heitinga


Tottenham (H)...Seamus Coleman

AEK Athens (A)...Steven Pienaar

Liverpool (H)...Marouane Fellaini


Hull City (A)...Johnny Heitinga

Manchester United (A)...Johnny Heitinga

West Ham (A)...Johnny Heitinga


Benfica (H)...Marouane Fellaini

Aston Villa (H)...Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

Tottenham (A)...Tony Hibbert


Bolton (A)...Louis Saha

Benfica (A)...Sylvain Distin

Wolves (H)...Diniyar Bilyaletdinov


Stoke City (H)...Johnny Heitinga

BATE Borisov (A)...Tony Hibbert

Portsmouth (A)...Tim Howard


Hull City (A)...Leon Osman

Blackburn (H)...Louis Saha

AEK Athens (H)...Diniyar Bilyaletdinov


Fulham (A)...Sylvain Distin

Wigan...(H)...Jack Rodwell

Sigma Olomouc (A)...Steven Pienaar


Burnley...(A)...Tony Hibbert

Sigma Olomouc (H)...Jack Rodwell

Arsenal (H)...Steven Pienaar


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#2 Bailey

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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 17:23

Did really turn up today. For the most part we played with only one up top against piss poor opposition and gave the ball back to them way too easily. They could quite easily have scored a couple more with the penalty miss and hitting the bar.

I voted for Jags as I thought he was very solid all game and did a lot of good stuff, although he did look a little slow but as he gets more and more match fit, hopefully that will pick up.

Howard - Solid game and great penalty save.

Baines - Had a good game although and got a great assist. However after he took the knock he didnt look comfortable at all defensively. It wouldnt surprise me if he is a doubt for our next game.

Distin - Mostly good, but did look a bit shaky at times and played some of the most aimless hoofs I have ever seen BUT the midfield didnt come looking for the ball to help him out.

Neville - Horrific performance. Passing was shocking. Hoofs when an easy pass was on. At times his positioning defensively was woeful. At one stage when Cole broke through, Neville should have been sweeping up but he must have thought the fresh air he was marking was more of a threat.

Heitinga - Did okay but needed to come and get the ball a bit more, or at least create more space to receive a pass, which he did better in the 2nd half. I actually jizz a little everytime he pings one of them 40-50 yard cross field balls though!

Osman - Very quiet and seemed slightly uncomfortable playing slightly more advanced than his usual. In the games against Chelsea and Man Utd he was a little deeper and was able to control the game and get involved more often. His vision and ability is 10x that of Cahill and it should be him that gets the ball earlier in the move.

Pienaar - Worked hard as per norm and had a good game, some intricate passes and few too many misplaced early on.

Billy - Did okay. He likes the ball played into feet with his back towards goal, as opposed to in front of him to run onto which doesnt really make him a traditional winger.

Cahill - More or less anonymous. Aside from the goal he was never really up with play alongside Saha. He is brilliant in the air and he normally closes down the defence. Today he seemed to be receiving the ball around the half way line, a good 20-30 yards away from Saha at times meaning anything that went up to him came straight back most of the time. I dont know why Moyes is trying to make him into more of a midfielder but it isnt working. If you want someone to play deep and get forward, use Rodwell and drop Timmy.

Saha - Did what he could but had so little support at times it was a joke. I was pretty sure we were at home?!?

Yakubu - Did well when he came on and it was a great header. At the moment I would rather him and Rodwell play against Villa. I think he holds the ball up better. especially when he is fired up.
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 18:24

Only a handful of players looked like they wanted to be on that pitch!
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 18:44

Leighton Baines.
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 18:51

I went for Johnny H in the end. I thought he was ok and the fact I thought he was only ok but gave him MoM pretty much somes up the game really

Bily was woeful counted at least 3 occasions where he bottled out of 50/50 challenges and Saha should have stayed at home and got his roots done he was that inneffective
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 20:21

Heitinga made some quality passes and looked solid again for the most part.
Jagielka looked like Beckenbauer at times with the way he was bringing the ball out of defence.
Baines looked dangerous down the left hand side when he linked up.

Think I'm going to go for Jagielka today, but gutted with the result.
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 22:06

Heitinga for me some realy good passes and weren't afraid to get stuck in. Another frustrating game from us tho we all know with the players that played today they can do alot better.
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 22:08

i wonder who voted for Cahill Hmmmmmmm!
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 22:19

Baines, just about the best of a bad bunch today. Just seen MOTD 2 and we had 2 shots on target, the two goals to their 6. That just about sums it up.
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 23:34

i wonder who voted for Cahill Hmmmmmmm!

The evidence is there...

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...but seems this time he didn't stick around to try to justify it :P .
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Posted 04 Apr 2010 - 23:52

The evidence is there...

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...but seems this time he didn't stick around to try to justify it :P .



HAHAHAHA! He's great!
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#12 Romey 1878

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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 08:01

I gave it to Baines, his cross for Yak's goal was a peach and our crossing had been frustrating the hell out of me all game so that put a smile on my face.

It's funny how people see the game differently because I didn't think Jags had a good game at all.
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 08:12

Went for Jonny H as he never shirked a tackle and played some good long balls out wide.

Thought Jags was ok but his distribution still leaves a lot to be desired, but I've always thought that

Saha was poor, since he got called up to the France squad and subseqently injured he's been off the pace. I'd give the Yak the start for the rest of the season, at least he looks a threat.

Seems like we won't take the chances to climb any higher so let's shake it up a bit last few games
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 10:05

just distin for me...looks more solid every game...not sure what happened for their second goal like. it was a great cross but for one baines shouldnt have allowed it but he had no cover from pienaar and surely someone should be marking the striker better...didn't really think any of the useless tossers deserved it yesterday...ever since saha got his new contract doesnt look like he gives a toss..worst game i have ever seen neville have..bily looked lost again on the wing but he came inside and scored(again) isn't moyes noticing that?! cahill ran about but did nothing else...and the rest i cant even be arsed mentionin
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 10:48

just distin for me...looks more solid every game...not sure what happened for their second goal like. it was a great cross but for one baines shouldnt have allowed it but he had no cover from pienaar and surely someone should be marking the striker better...didn't really think any of the useless tossers deserved it yesterday...ever since saha got his new contract doesnt look like he gives a toss..worst game i have ever seen neville have..bily looked lost again on the wing but he came inside and scored(again) isn't moyes noticing that?! cahill ran about but did nothing else...and the rest i cant even be arsed mentionin


I agree he did look lost and he is better when he comes inside but I think part (but certainly not all) of the reason he looks so lost is because he doesnt have a clue what Neville is going to do behind him. Sometimes he plays a short pass fired at him when it isnt really on and others he just hoofs forward up to him. When he plays on the left he always looks more of a threat on the wing. Whether its because he see's more ball or whether its just because Baines can actually pass to someone that is more than 5 yards away im not sure. It even happened when Donovan was there at times where he was completely left out to dry by Neville. At least when Vic plays there he can challenge in the air!

I have no problems with Neville staying on as club captain and being used mostly from the subs bench but defensively he is questionable and with the ball at his feet he is a liability, which is ridiculous when we have Coleman on loan doing what sounds like a good job defensively and then some Cafu-esque performances going forward.
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 10:57

...when we have Coleman on loan doing what sounds like a good job defensively and then some Cafu-esque performances going forward.

...while Neville is more Kafkaesque currently :( .

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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 11:09

Between Heitenga and Howard for me. Thought that Howard just tipped it due to his penalty save and his good performance even though he was carrying an injury that could be spotted miles away. He kept us in the game at some parts and was unlucky with the first and second goals. He was MOTM for me on Saturday.

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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 13:45

I agree he did look lost and he is better when he comes inside but I think part (but certainly not all) of the reason he looks so lost is because he doesnt have a clue what Neville is going to do behind him. Sometimes he plays a short pass fired at him when it isnt really on and others he just hoofs forward up to him. When he plays on the left he always looks more of a threat on the wing. Whether its because he see's more ball or whether its just because Baines can actually pass to someone that is more than 5 yards away im not sure. It even happened when Donovan was there at times where he was completely left out to dry by Neville. At least when Vic plays there he can challenge in the air!

I have no problems with Neville staying on as club captain and being used mostly from the subs bench but defensively he is questionable and with the ball at his feet he is a liability, which is ridiculous when we have Coleman on loan doing what sounds like a good job defensively and then some Cafu-esque performances going forward.


cant just blame neville for it plenty of times bily didnt make the run outside to the wing to get the ball and neville was left on his own with no choice but to whack it in the area...now someone has to go out to the wing to give neville someone to pass too either bily or someone else but if bily is starting there then he has to be the first one to do this..
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 13:47

cant just blame neville for it plenty of times bily didnt make the run outside to the wing to get the ball and neville was left on his own with no choice but to whack it in the area...now someone has to go out to the wing to give neville someone to pass too either bily or someone else but if bily is starting there then he has to be the first one to do this..



Maybe he was sick of being ignored by Neville when the pass was on, but Neville would wait, wait, wait and then Bily was covered by a West Ham player.

Edited by Romey 1878, 05 Apr 2010 - 13:48.

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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 13:57

well most people around me were thinking the same that bily just didnt give neville and options..neville had a shocking game too its just i notice around here that people get the slightest chance and they will pick him apart! no problem with people havin their opinions about him and maybe im wrong it just seemed to me bily never gave neville that many options
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 14:23

cant just blame neville for it plenty of times bily didnt make the run outside to the wing to get the ball and neville was left on his own with no choice but to whack it in the area...now someone has to go out to the wing to give neville someone to pass too either bily or someone else but if bily is starting there then he has to be the first one to do this..


Il refer you to the bit in bold of my previous post...

I agree he did look lost and he is better when he comes inside but I think part (but certainly not all) of the reason he looks so lost is because he doesnt have a clue what Neville is going to do behind him.


I never said it was all Nevilles fault as Billy isnt the best with his movement but he did provide him with plenty of options at times only for Neville to give him (or someone else) a poor pass or he just floated one up in the air.

From what I have seen of Billy he likes the ball played straight to his feet so he can take it under control and turn his defender (which he is pretty good at) or lay it off and move inside. He hasnt got the pace to get in behind and he doesnt seem to have the ability to beat his man (yet). With a decent full back (like Baines) he is able to link up, play one-twos and cut inside. With Neville, the ball gets played roughly in his direction, where he is then isolated and loses the ball. Obviously this is partly down to limitations in his ability but he could do with a bit of help from the captain...
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 15:49

yeah you did sorry mate i missed the brackets part!
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Posted 05 Apr 2010 - 17:21

yeah you did sorry mate i missed the brackets part!


No probs :P . I think its fairly safe to say that they could both do with a rocket up their arse! :blink:
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Posted 06 Apr 2010 - 10:44

Heitinga, only one who showed any real desire imo
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Posted 06 Apr 2010 - 13:07

didn't think anyone played particularly well. Cahill worked hard but I don't really see why he is playing when Rodwell has started to look so good in that attacking midfield role, Cahill isn't the same player without Arteta in the team. I love Moyes but his substitutions and reliance on his favourite players does grate, Saha has been absolutely useless for weeks yet Moyes plays him every time, even when the Yak had scored recently and looked much more motivated than in the past. Saha hardly won a header, didn't control a ball and his only contribution in the match was what should have been a penalty. He is past it, he is not going to get any better and Moyes needs to look to the future. Yak needs to play and if fit, Anichebe should be given a run. Now is the time to play Rodwell, give players like Cahill a break with the World Cup coming up and let's get some of the younger players some games with a view to top 4 next year.

My vote goes to Yakubu for a great header. It was between him and Howard, I also thought Cahill worked hard and didn't have that bad a match, most of the rest were poor, Osman and Saha in particular.
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