Four-midable: Frank Lampard was at his imperious best against Aston Villa
SPECIAL, JAMIEA sensational opening goal for Fernando Torres heralded awelcome return to form now seven in four games but my favouritestatistic at Anfield has to belong to my old mate, Jamie Carragher.That was his 620th game for Liverpool, which means he pulls alongsideAlan Hansen in the all-time Anfield appearance list. What a servanthe's been.
CLARET AND BRUISEA bad week to wear claret and blue shirts; a thumping forVilla, defeats for Burnley and West Ham. I feel sorry for GianfrancoZola. He looked a beaten man on the touchline, it seems as if thelights have gone out and there is nobody there. I hope his rest inItaly this week gives him the heart to carry on the fight. He's thesort of guy we all want to succeed.
Hammering: Ricardo Fuller celebrates Stoke City's winner as West Ham fans lament more dropped points
WINNER PARDEWAlanPardew has spent a couple of years in the wilderness, but he's on hisway back. Yes, Southampton have had money to spend, but he's spent itwisely and knows his way around the market. The fans know it. What aturnout at Wembley, where 44,000 of them followed their team. He's agood manager and the man to lead them back.
DEAN AND OUTCarroll sing when you win: Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is a proper Geordie No. 9
As a footballer, if you are having a poor run of games, there isevery chance you will be dropped. Does the same rule apply forreferees? Mike Dean is having a woeful run of form, with a series ofpoor decisions. He had another bad game at Burnley yesterday, followingon from his display at Stoke last weekend. And what is it with thoseover-exaggerated gestures?
IN GOOD VOICEAndyCarroll is in good form. He might have found himself in a few scrapesoff the field, but Newcastle's centreforward has been difficult tohandle on the pitch. He's scored goals, led the line with force andpower and has proved inspirational in their attempt to return to thetop flight. Look out for this proper Geordie No.9 against Forest onMonday night.
A FINE MESSIwonder if Arsene Wenger wishes he could ask Lee Dixon, NigelWinterburn, Martin Keown and Tony Adams to come out of retirement thisweek, when Arsenal's total football comes up against Barcelona'smagical maestros. Once Arsenal have dealt with Xavi, backed by Toure,the anchor in midfield, there's the little Argentine genius, LionelMessi, to think about. It's the ultimate test.
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