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Credit where it's due

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Just a quick one to say out of all the great performances on saturday it was hard to ignore Phil Neville. There is not many reports which have highlighted his display. Although not spectacular it outshone many of his recent peformances. He only lost the ball 2 or 3 times (a fraction of his usual play), he looked solid at the back and most importantly he made some decisive passes.

Overall I was most pleased with our captain and the confidence he must have got from that peformance. WIth all our players seemingly fit, i just hope Moyes doesnt go crazy and bring Hibbo back in. Although I dont hate him he just doesn't seem good enough..

On another note, has anyone else noticed that Joleon doesn't seem to have the greatest confidence at the moment? His technique seems based upon 'O shit, O shi, don't mess up, don't mess up' and it comes across a bit panicky. That said, he still had a decent enough game against a poor side and yet again would go towards improving his confidence after that England game..
Mike Cow, Whiston     Posted 26/11/2007 at 10:24:37

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Dan Mckie
1   Posted 26/11/2007 at 14:21:28

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I agree about Lescott, he looked shaky from the first minute or 2 when he put the ball out for a throw when he had quite a bit of time and did anyone notice how all he seemed to do when he had the ball was give it back to Howard? Im sure its just a little after effect from the England game and he will be back to his brilliant best in no time! Luckily the other players on the pitch did excellently and could afford to carry him through it a little!
Keith Glazzard
2   Posted 26/11/2007 at 15:49:35

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Captain Phil does deserve credit - he was a very good part of a very good team on Saturday playing from his best position. Let’s hope we never see him play out of position again.
Seamus Murphy
3   Posted 26/11/2007 at 17:16:41

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I agree Mike - i am one of Neville’s biggest critics but when he plays at right back it works. He is definitely the best right back at the club and shouldnt be moved to midfield although i dont think he will be now.
On your second point, i dont think Joleon was overly shaky but like Dan pointed out above, i did notice him constantly passing the ball back to Howard when there were other options on - definitely not his usual confident play but again i’m sure in a game or two he will be back to himself.
Rob Heaton
4   Posted 26/11/2007 at 20:37:41

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Phil got in the team of the week on the BBC so he got a bit of credit.

Simple fact is he is a good right back and a lousy centre midfielder. I think he usually plays well in his proper position (rememebr the cross for Johnson against spurs last yr?)
Jarrod Prosser
5   Posted 26/11/2007 at 22:25:36

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A couple of weeks back i wrote an article pasting poor Pip.

Am prepared to eat my words after last week. He was really very good & obviously still does a job at right back.

Having said that, i’d still like to see Jagielka get a run at that spot & consign Hibbert to Tranmere.

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