Sunday, November 13, 2005


Bits & Bobs

* One man's opinion. My player ratings for Australia against Uruguay:

Viduka 8 - excellent performance, looking very sharp lately indeed, but waned with time
Kewell 6 - flashes of talent, and tried hard, but unfit
Emerton 7 - poor in first half, couldn't pass the ball. Tried hard and got better as the game went on
Thompson 6 - a couple of good moments but almost invisible
Grella 5 - started well but Uruguay's quality got the better of him and he started giving away pointless fouls, poor marking, distribution was good though
Culina 6 - Not bad, had a couple of good shots
Popovic 4 - Had a torrid time, nearly gave away a penalty, poor marking
Chipperfield 5 - Poor defensively, had a good first 20 minutes but that's it
Vidmar 5 - too old, too slow, made errors, but kept Uruguay at bay somehow
Neill 6 - same as Vidmar, also took too many risks
Schwartzer 8 - started shakily but grew in confidence and made a couple of fabulous saves from crosses
Bresciano (sub for Thompson) 6 - did not really get into the game, missed a fantastic opportunity for a goal
Aloisi (sub for Viduka) 6 - bizarre substitution, didn't do much

* West Ham are looking to sign 29-year-old Angelos Basinas, who was released by Panathinaikos and is now looking for a club.

* Paul Konchesky got his second cap, as a substitute in last night's brilliant 3-2 win over Argentina. He seemed to fit into the squad.

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