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  • A Yahoo! User Feb 9, 2013 19:02 Flag

    Bale brace - another win

    i was nervous too rambro. i thought it was a bad time to play the geordies.

    bale was superb again. we would be mid table without him.
    but i thought dawson was a rock at the back. so glad he stayed in the end. dont forget he turned down a pay rise at qpr to stay for us & fight for his place. great pro!

    i like holtby. links up well. as u say, lennon did really well...defensively.

    i felt avb should have brought on ade a lot earlier. his presence helped with the winner.

    dempsey always puts in a good shift. another good pro. his rapping is poor thou.

    cant wait for defoe to be back next month. if bale gets injured we are screwed.

    not a great performance again but at this stage with the lack of firepower etc we just the pts.
    cabaye should have been sent off. clear red card! hope dembele is ok.

    we should have had a pen in the 1st half too. but theres an unwritten rule that u dont give spurs pens in the prem this season.

    ps. rambro, how is your boy doing. signs of maturing?
    what do u think of the superbowl? who is your team?

    • I thought the comment about not giving us any pens was a bit harsh, so I investigated, and it turns out you're bang on right!

      http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/premier-league/elfmeter-startseite/wettbewerb_GB1.html - this has tables of most penalties given and conceded, as well as converted, by player as well as team, etc etc etc.

      In fact, let's turn it into a game: 3 teams haven't conceded a single pen this season, can you guess who? And 3 teams haven't been given a single pen this season, can you guess who? Even seeing the table it took me a while to work out...

      To be honest, Dembele seemed a bit foolish playing on as he did (or tried to, before he got hauled off) - there were 10 mins left, we were winning, and he'd quite clearly been hurt, potentially dangerously. That said, 100% respect the way he handled it; totally professional and 'constructive' (i.e. trying to play on and paying absolutely no attention to how the ref dealt with Cabaye, as well as graciously accepting his apology both at the time and as he was taken off) - top pro, top role model, top man; other players (for other teams and one or two of our own) take note!

      I think Bale's a great player, but I'm well sick of hearing the praise being laid on him - when he scored the first one the commentators said something about how AVB didn't celebrate much because he must expect him to score! I reckon our strikers would be a whole lot higher up the golden boot table if he didn't play so selfishly. I'm really looking forward to Holtby adjusting to the league and the team more, I think he might impact that dynamic somehow.