Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday February 15 2010
Don't believe what you read in pages like The Daily Torygraph this morning. Wayne Bridge is giving it a right go for Manchester City...
England Manager Fabio Capello was at Eastlands for the airball game between City and Stoke, running the rule over Bridge, Barry, SWP and Lescott whilst sounding out Mancio over Adam Johnson. Certainly Lescott had a steady game, Wrighty gave his usual full effort and Barry drifted in and out again, but the pick of the four had to be Bridge who at times is charging after the ball as if his life depends upon it.
He's taken some stick from certain hacks for not being a worthy replacement for Chelsea's perma-moaning Ashley Cole but is making great strides having been out after a lengthy absence through injury.
The VMC Forum have singled out Bridgey and Wrighty for justifiable praise from what was a terrible spectacle of a match. Bridgey is named VMC Man Of The Match for the third time this season.
3. Wayne Bridge [77.27%]
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips [22.73%]
1. Shay Given [0%]
5. Pablo Zabaleta [0%]
28. Kolo Toure [0%]
19. Joleon Lescott [0%]
18. Gareth Barry [0%]
34. Nigel De Jong [0%]
17. Martin Petrov [0%]
7. Stephen Ireland [0%]
25. Emmanuel Adebayor [0%]
14. Roque Santa Cruz [0%]
24. Patrick Vieira [0%]
The Story So Far:
FA Premier League unless stated
Carlos Tevez, 5 (Bolton A, Spurs A, Wolves A, Blackburn H, the rags H, LCSF1)
Nigel de Jong, 5 (Fulham H LC R3, West Ham H, Wigan Athletic A, Liverpool A, Chelsea H)
Craig Bellamy, 4 (Arsenal H, the rags A, Villa A, Sunderland H)
Gareth Barry, 3 (Blackburn A, Portsmouth A, Stoke H)
Shaun Wright-Phillips, 3 (C. Palace A LC R2, Burnley H, Arsenal H LC QF)
Wayne Bridge, 3 (Fulham H, Hull A, Stoke H, FAC5)
Emmanuel Adebayor, 2 (Wolves H, Portsmouth H)
Shay Given, 2 (Birmingham A, Everton A)
Adam Johnson, 1 (Bolton, H)
Micah Richards, 1 (the rags A LCSF2)
Martin Petrov, 1 (Scunthorpe A FAC4)
Vincent Kompany, 1 (Middlesbrough A FAC3)
Roque Santa Cruz, 1 (Scunthorpe H LC R4)
City's 1-1 throwaway against Hull City registered no winner.
VMC's Previous Man Of The Season:
2007-2008 Elano Blumer
2008-2009 Stephen Ireland
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Date:Monday February 15 2010
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