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Bouma Looking To Keep Place

Well, I certainly seem to have misread the contribution from left-back Wilfred Bouma last night. According to most, my 5.5 rating (above average but only just) has produced a moral outcry and indignation, calls for me to be horsewhipped and run out of town! Not so sure about the running but the horsewhipping might be ok!

As said, it was a view from the armchair last night and that is never the same as being at the game (especially when it was a horrible view as the camera kept panning passed my empty seat by my mates!). Just seems to me, when you work so hard to get the ball back, you don't then give it immediately back to the opponents, but hey ho, in a game of opinions, it seems mine was wrong yesterday, far too many disagreeing with me to suggest otherwise! lol

Bouma was given man of the match by the match sponsors and some say he might have staked a claim to keep his place in the team when we face Man Utd in the FA Cup on Sunday, which would then free up the returning from suspension Gareth Barry to play where he is most effective, in midfield.

Bouma said: 'I played against Shaun Wright-Phillips who is a very clever player with a lot of pace. I tried to get as close as possible to him and not give him the space to turn and run at me. I think it was a good battle between us.' Adding on the official site: 'It was nice to be named Man-of-the-Match, but what really matters is the result. I knew I was playing OK. In the last minute Drogba had a header and if that had gone in, being Man-of-the-Match would not be important.'

'I thought we defended well as a team. That's the main thing you need to do. If you defend well, then it's hard - even for the Champions. I think we were tough opponents for them and that's why we got that result. Of course now I want to stay in the team. Gareth is back again on Sunday, but hopefully I will stay in the team. If not, the manager knows I'm always there when he needs me.'




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 3 2007

Time: 12:07PM

Your Comments

Yes Mr Fear Sir, i think you got that one wrong (how dare i say that!!!). On last night's performance he certainly deserves a starting place against man ure on Sunday. The prospect of him and Barry on the left certainly gives me more hope than barry having to slot in at left back with Davis in left midfield. Davis is just going through a bad patch at the moment it seems, although it is a bad patch that seems to have lasted for most of this season. So yes, give Bouma a run, it is our best option on the left at the moment I think
jonah
I hope Davis isnt turning into another Jlloyd one season wonder. He looks like a lost little boy at times, you'd think Cahill and Gabby have been in the first team longer when you look at them.
DeanoVilla
it's boum shake shake shake the room if your going to use that atrocious pun El Fear.
murph
Bouma 5.5 - your havin a larrrrrrf :-)
mackaavfc
the fred prince of belair? bouma bouma shake shake the rooma!
tylervilla
I've always rated Bouma, I know he can now start to show people what a good defender (still think he's a centre back mind), how can anyone question Davis? Were you there? The lad beats 3 Chelsea players only to see absolutly noone in the box to cross too!
deano_t
And Davis also tried at least 3 telegraphed cross-field passes to Gabby which all lead to Chelsea attacks.
jonah
is that where that ******* song came from, always bugged me but seemed fitting today!!!
The Fear
MON said: "I thought Freddie Bouma did fantastically well for us - he got started early and got into the game. He won the first tackle on Shaun Wright-Phillips which got the crowd up." (Sarcasm mode on) Pah, what does HE know?! (sarcasm mode off!)
The Fear
Arguably Freddie's best ninety minutes in a claret and blue shirt. He's previously shown in brief flashes that he has what it takes, but has lacked any sort of consistency. Hopefully his efforts last night will provide him with the opportunity to enjoy a decent run in the side at left full back, and we the supporters will see him produce the quality performances a player of his pedigree is surely capable of.
glensider
Bouma should keep his place at L/B with Barry at L/M but this should not leave Davis out of the team as i believe he should replace Gardner in the center of midfield where he has much more influence in terms of creativity and goals. we all remember last season when he played in the middle and was one of the best goalscoring midfielders in the prem..!
deemz
Bouma did well last night and earnt his place hopefully he will keep it allowing Barry to shift up to where he belongs, the team looks so much better with Barry in midfield, shame he has been forced into the back line, but needs must and now he is not needed there, so a few more decent crosses into the box should be on the cards.
steff_the_villan
He never gest the credit he deserves and although he isnt the tallest of defenders, he makes up for it in his strength. Abuit stocky, but solid
AussieVilla
Bouma was solid, solid as a rock....seems to have lost a couple of pounds somehow over christmas!? Davis looked knackered against chelsea he's been doing some nice touches (as usual) but still gives the ball away for too cheaply, the guy shoudont be playing left wing. Makes me wonder why berger hasnt been given a chance?
son_of_cher
Freddie's starting to look the part. Hope he can stay injury free.
glensider
 

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