Happy Wedenesday loyal readers and thanks for sticking with us all the way to the end of our first full season; it’s been hard work at times but we’ve got there. Anyway enough back-slapping, on with the vitals.
Manchester United were rightly crowned champions after beating Wigan, while
Down at the bottom then and Fulham were rewarded for excellent recent form over the last ten games of the season. Reading and
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Premier League Team of the Week (based on OPTA stats, Fantasypremierleague.com ratings and my own expert eye):
Keeper – Casey Keller (unbeaten)
Defence – Wes Brown (solid), Joleon Lescott (quality), Gael Clichy (expansive), David Murphy (class)
Midfield – Stuart Downing (brace), Manuel Fernandes (tricky), Nobby Solano (cultured)
Up Top – Alfonso Alves (triple), Fernando Torres (swift), Leroy Lita (sharp)
Goal of the Week – This goes to Fabio Rochembach for his absolute pearler of a free-kick, hit with Ronaldo-esque swerve. See it and the rest of Boro’s rout here, and watch out for other contenders for this prize from Stuart Downing and City’s Elano with a consolation effort late on:
Nutmeg of the Week – Matty
Save of the Week – Jamie Ashdown claws out a vicious a Simon Davies shot lowdown on his left-hand side
Skill of the Week – He’s done it time and time again this year, but Fernando Torres sublime shoulder-drop-and-gas-pedal earned him yet another goal this weekend
Miss of the Week – Cameron Jerome produced one of the misses of the season, somehow skying in front of an open goal 3 yards out
ASBO of the Week – Paul Scholes, not exactly renowned for his tackling ability, goes right through the back of Wilson Palacios and sends him about ten feet up in the air.
Embarassment of the Week – A certain
Ouch of the Week – Poor John Terry dislocates his elbow after a clash with Petr Cech.
Quote of the Week – Alen Hansen speaks the truth about Alex Ferguson: “If he wins the Champions League again he may have a claim to be the best there has ever been”
Hero of the Week – Ryan Giggs had basically a perfect footballing day; he equaled Bobby Charlton’s appearance record for United, scored the winning goal, and claimed his record-breaking tenth league title. Doesn’t get much better than that but he still wasn’t remotely excited in the post-match interview.
Zero of the Week – Alex McLeish and Steve Coppell have to hold their hands up and take responsibility. The former took what was a talented, above average side and got them relegated, while Coppell was all too happy to rest on his laurels from last season while the rest of the league figured them out.
Personal Highlight of the Week – Ronaldo, Torres, Fabregas, Bentley etc etc…it’s been the most exciting season for some time and it’s been a pleasure to walk you all through it.