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VB Weekend winners and losers



Right off first off who in the blue hell nicked all the players scoring boots?!

It all seems to contrive against us on Saturday afternoon as a combination of bad finishing, a good shot stopper and some really bad luck 'helped' us draw a big fat zero again.

But who played well? Who didn't? I hear you ask... well calm down and show a bit of patience and I shall tell thee as the people of Yorkshire say!

WINNERS

VINCE GRELLA - Epic effort from the Aussie on Saturday and went someway to erasing doubts in a lot of peoples minds with a 90 minute effort that will hopefully come to be known as the 'Vinny Grella performance'.

Yes his long term fitness will be in doubt for a while yet until he manages to string about 3 months together but what wasn't in doubt for me is that he had a terrific game against the Spurs...

Stern in the tackle and constant hassling/closing down of the Spurs midfielders led to a difficult afternoon for the usually excellent Wilson Palacios.

He is a spolier of a player, he is there to prevent rather than create and that is what he is best at.

Some of his passing was a tad wayward but you cannot argue that when on the pitch and in full flow he is first choice in that holding role - he is a competitor and when away from home you can never have too many of those... wink wink.

JUNIOR HOILETT - Another bright showing from the young Canadian, this time on the left flank as he tried to make up for the lack of attacking implosion down the right hand side in the shape of the World's Most Defensive Right Winger (Michel Salgado).

And that he did, Spurs were unsettled when on the ball and allowed to run at the defence.

Fair enough, he did run out of steam come the end of the 75 minutes he was on the pitch but that was to be expected... he had tried his best and on another day with exactly the same performance he would have reaped some dividends.

Hopefully we can tie him down to a deal as he looks a big player for the future for us.

BENNI MCCARTHY - Finally looking trim and finally looking 100% motivated.

Whether it is to put himself in the shop window or whether it is to remain in the Big Man's plans is yet to be seen but he did EVERYTHING BUT SCORE against the Yid Army.

Playing with composure and the trickery that makes him stand out on his day, he really rattled Spurs with some sharp footwork and just as importantly... some fat busting work rate.

Much, much, much better and if he can chip in with the goals as well then Sam can't afford to sell him.

LOSERS

GAEL GIVET - Second season syndrome? Lack of confidence? Losing his appetite for the fight?

Whatever it is it needs sorting as Gael is not performing to the high standaards of last season.

And the annoying thing is that we all know what he is capable of.

LARS JACOBSEN - Hit and miss. He as been out of the thick of the action for a few weeks but you would be thinking he would want to make a statement and show Sam what he is mssing when he doesn't play him.

What he showed instead is why he hasn't played - Lars looked sloppy and nervous.

Slowly losing the promise that showed he could be a Danish bargain.

EL HADJI DIOUF - An unlikely contender for the January sales after slipping down the pecking order.

Junior Hoilett can play both wings, Morten Gamst Pedersen can play on the left (allegedly) and Brett can play on the right and just about anywhere!

Is he the odd man out?

The worrying thing for EHD is that he has no-one else to blame but himself for his current plight.
The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 21 2009

Time: 8:31PM

Your Comments

as always, feedback and general abuse welcome!
Mikey Delap
I've often been critical about di santo, but i feel he was a winner this weekend. I only really paid attention to the first half but he was a real presence up front, and that turn-kick really surprised me. I think he will come good, and soon. Just don't play him alone or he's lost.
the shire
haha, that pedersen comment made me laugh...i agree with the choices, and I wonder if weve had our spell of Diouf. hopefully Sam will have words to get him back to his agressive firey self again.
LHrover
general abuse... nope agree with all that. Grella was awesome. hooray!
retroflair31
Where's Di Santo in the winners list, Mikey? :-)
JT_daniel
t's not always about Chelsea JT lol!! Another very good round up Mr Mikey, and as always you back up your thoughts well.
Walker
Cheers boss! Di Santo did have a good game IMO but only 3 can make the spots!
Mikey Delap
JT the day Di Santo scores, he will be a winner lol. Comon Grella stay fit, what a performance he put in against 2 strong midfielders who are in fine form
sasman
Ah, point noted fellas.. :-) Hope he gets a hattrick the next game. lol
JT_daniel
lol mate if he does, he can have all 3 winners spots :D
sasman
Haha Sasman- Looks like he's got all season to get the winners spot- http://www.chelseafc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10268~1913268,00.html
JT_daniel
loll!!!! mate, if he hasnt scored another goal after these 6 months, I will hunt you down.....and i do have a rather good strike rate of hunting people down :D
sasman
yeah he is quite good JT.... watch out!! I have barely recovered from last year!! ;)
Mikey Delap
 

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