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Villa Youngster Is Back For Keeps

Villa Youngster Is Back For Keeps

Villa youngster is back for keeps

Aston Villa goalkeeper Scott Carson answered his critics in fine style at the weekend with his best score of the season in the Actim Index, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League.

Carson was lambasted after his early blunder against Croatia contributed to England being dumped out of Euro 2008 but he responded with a 27-point haul in the 3-0 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

It was the highest score for a goalkeeper so far this season and saw the 22-year-old climb 20 places to 49th overall.

He was joined in the Actim Index team of the week by defender Olof Mellberg, who earned 42 points, also his best score of the campaign, at The Riverside.

Analysis of all Premiership games is taking place throughout the season and the players in the Actim Index Team of the Week are:

Scott Carson, Aston Villa, 27 points
Olof Mellberg, Aston Villa, 42 points

Phil Neville, Everton, 32 points
William Gallas, Arsenal, 31 points
Stephen Warnock, Blackburn Rovers, 28 points
Tim Cahill, Everton, 52 points
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool, 49 points
Niko Kranjcar, Portsmouth, 43 points
Martin Petrov, Manchester City, 38 points
Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool, 36 points
Diomansy Kamara, Fulham, 35 points

The Actim Index is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player’s contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, assists, clean sheets, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday November 27 2007
Time: 1:33PM


Without wanting to poo-poo this too much I have a feeling he was only top keeper because he would have been credited with an 'assist' for his long punt forward for Gabbys goal. I'd give Phil Neville the player of the week award as he's the only outfield player in that list not to have scored at the weekend.
27/11/2007 13:49:00
Because of course goals are essentially meaningless Deano
27/11/2007 15:49:00
But to choose a 'team of the week' based virtually entirely on who scored makes a bit of a mockery of the system dont you think?
27/11/2007 16:00:00
Against one of the poorest teams in the league? Think I would have done pretty well on the Actim index in that particular game.
27/11/2007 16:23:00
He's doing just fine for us is Scotty. I have no complaints. Just glad that he made that boo-boo while playing for England, and not while representing the claret and blue - particularly against that lovable lot from across the city.
27/11/2007 18:18:00
He will have to top a few more of those ratings to silence the boo boys I think.
27/11/2007 18:49:00
Very true villabikes29. He'll be the target of the boo-boys up and down the country, certainly throughout this season, no doubt about that. Just hope it doesn't do his confidence too much of a knock. He looked o.k. on Saturday, but faced a woefully weak strike force.
27/11/2007 23:52:00
As long as the Villa fans continue with their support he will be fine. Everyone knows (including Carson) that the result of the Croatia game was not why we failed to qualify. Macedonia at home anyone?
Adam Deuce
28/11/2007 01:28:00
Exactly Adam! It sounds harsh but i was glad to hear the West ham fans boo Robinson as well on Sunday (i'm not saying i justify players being booed). At least people recognise that it wasn't just the Croatia game where England were *****e it was the whole campaign.
28/11/2007 09:49:00
Well done to Scott Carson, a top 'keeper who shouldn't let one blunder ruin him. Good luck for the gamke tonight chaps, may the best side win!
28/11/2007 11:22:00
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