Jamie Redknapp's weekend watch: Unlucky break but Ryan's not to blame

02 March 2010 01:03
Unlucky breakArsenal have been unlucky with three leg breaks in five years, butonly the tackle by Sunderland's Dan Smith on Abou Diaby can beclassified as x-rated. Martin Taylor's red-card challenge on Eduardoand the Ryan Shawcross tackle on Aaron Ramsey were not malicious. Iwish Ramsey well. He's special, I love watching him play.

Enlarge Horror tackle: Ryan Shawcross left the field in tears after his lunge on Aaron Ramsey

Deadly LedleyIt was a day of mixed emotions for Shawcross, who was distraught afterhis tackle on Ramsey but then learned he is in the England squad forthe first time. He deserves a look in an area where England haveproblems. John Terry is in poor form, Rio Ferdinand is injured andoptions are limited. If only Ledley King could be properly fit.

Bridge the gapInteresting that Fabio Capello is treating the absence of Wayne Bridgefrom the Egypt game 'like an injury'. He is keeping the door open forthe City left back and, judging by Bridge's performance in tryingcircumstances at Chelsea, he looks like he can still do a job eventhough, for now, he has decided he can't work with John Terry.

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In for the skillDon't you just love watching Carlos Tevez? He's the sort of player youcan imagine stopping off on the way home to join in a five-a-side gamein the park: bursting with energy, bags of skill and in exceptionalform since he fully recovered his fitness. In another season, withoutthe brilliance of Wayne Rooney, he'd be footballer of the year.

Notts' Landing On a plate: Antonio Valencia

Notts County have endured a rollercoaster of a season, with Sol andSven coming and going plus three different managers. Steve Cotterill isthe fourth and, on Saturday, his team won 5-0 in his first game.Cotterill loves the game, is desperate to succeed and has been out fortoo long. He could still take them up.

The cross bossWayne Rooney rightly gets the attention for the improvement in hispredatory heading, but he couldn't do it without the accuracy andselflessness of Antonio Valencia. His pace gets him free of the fullback but then he takes time with his delivery and has a knack offinding his grateful team-mate.

Field of screamsMillions of pounds have been spent on Wembey Stadium but we have beenleft with a pitch that is inferior. Passes bobble and players losetheir footing on the surface - James Milner's studs only just kept theVilla midfielder upright when he fired his side into the lead from thepenalty spot. What happened to that lush Wembley grass that we alldreamed of playing on when were growing up?

 GRAHAM POLL: Ryan Shawcross' tackle on Aaron Ramsey was no accident Stoke City 1 Arsenal 3: Aaron Ramsey's the victim of hitmen out to destroy my kids, fumes Arsene Wenger MARTIN SAMUEL on the Carling Cup final: We've no right to a free hit on the houseManchester United 2 Aston Villa 1: Ref, you got it so wrong! Fury at Phil Dowd reprieve for Nemanja Vidic as Red Devils claim Carling CupWayne Rooney doubtful for England: Manchester United star could miss Egypt clash with knee injury


Source: Daily_Mail

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