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Martin Laursen Backed By Fans

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by Burnsy, who should partner Olof Mellberg this season?

The majority with 52% said Martin Laursen, who had a season long struggle to return from a career threatening knee injury.

34% backed rookie Gary Cahill who will long be remembered for that fantastic overhead kick against Blues in the derby last season.

5% wanted a new signing to partner skipper Mellberg, 5% said Mark Delaney who played a few blinders in the centre last season before picking up another injury.

Only 2% voted for Liam Ridgewell and Wilfred Bouma, who appears to be favoured on the left anyway.




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The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 1 2006

Time: 8:35AM

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I don't care, I just want O'neill to partner Lerner THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
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01/08/2006 09:10:00

Get ready guys - just heard from some visitors that an anouncement is going to be made at VP at noon. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE Steve64k
Steve64k
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01/08/2006 10:03:00

Go to http://www.smh.com.au/news/science/rare-cloud-spotted/2006/08/01/1154198117951.html This is it boys ... the invasion has started... what now say you who doubted me! THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
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01/08/2006 10:07:00

laursen or cahill for me aswell
mcgoo
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01/08/2006 10:27:00

I believe it is all a question of balance. Laursen, Mellberg and Cahill all play on the right of the back two. Delaney should be right back as he is better (when fit) than Aaron Hughes. Ridgewell is the only natural left sided centre half. Laursen and Mellberg are the most experienced individuals but that does not necessarily mean they will make the best partnership. Mellberg likes to pick up the pieces behind a big aggressive partner which indicates that Laursen would be the best bet. However a Laursen and Ridgewell partnership should not be ruled out. If we could find find an aggressive, strong left sided centre half (Sol Cambell) there is an argument for selling Mellberg (possibly). A partnership of Laursen and Cambell teaching Ridgewell and Cahill the ropes would be good in both the short and long term?? Just a thought.
voiceoftheholte
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01/08/2006 10:28:00

Sol Campbell looking for 90k a week so that's not going to happen
Steve W
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01/08/2006 13:46:00

I know Mellberg and laursen didn't play as a combination very often, but on the couple of times I saw them there seemed to be a lot of scandinavian arguing and a distinct lack of pace. Voth makes a very sound point, re the left footed right footed combination.
fatloser
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01/08/2006 17:04:00

What I don't understand is how Bouma was playing alongside Jaap Stam in the centre of Holland's defence at Euro 2004, yet he failed to make a single appearance there last season, even when we had one fit recognised centre back????
danrj
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01/08/2006 22:14:00

 

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