I’ve just noticed that Mark Schwarzer made Goal.com’s team of the week this evening. Which is rather odd because whoever did the Guardian ratings for their Monday sport section reckoned he was only worth a four out of ten (you’ll have to my word for it as they don’t publish these ratings online). Given that he saved eight Bolton shots on target, you’d think he was worth a higher mark.
Simon Davies was included in the BBC side selected by Garth Crooks and Clint Dempsey gets an honourable mention in the Goal list but I had to choose a Fulham player to select to line up alongside the rest of the weekend’s finest I’d have picked Danny Murphy. Possession and what you do with it is so important when you play a no-nonsense, high-tempo team like Bolton. Our skipper barely wasted a pass all afternoon. His performance was all the more impressive when you consider that he’d come off the back of a few disappointing games.
I felt Hull had read the way we were going to play and marked him out of the game and he just couldn’t impose himself on the United midfield, something he’ll hope to rectify this weekend. He was similarly powerless as the Blackburn game drifted beyond us but perhaps the Reebok display hints at a return to form. I suppose these pick of the week sides are dependent on which games the correspondent has watched or how poorly-edited the highlight packages were.
Murphy has been outstanding this season and he’s well worth his February player of the month award. I’d have put Aaron Hughes above Clint Dempsey, but that’s just me.