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  • not_blonde_really not_blonde_really Feb 9, 2013 23:43 Flag

    Bale brace - another win

    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.