Discussion in 'Pure Football' started by Banana Boy, Dec 18, 2010.
Another solid game. Should have took the free kicks like.
Couldn't have done any worse
Yep, played very well again.
solid enough and sure he will have been pleased to hear his name ring out
Funny how he's described as 'solid' because it's Phil Bardsley. Why not just come out and say 'Bardsley played really fucking well today'. See, it's not that hard, I just did it
Shame he settled for the Scotland team. If he'd hung on for a bit he'd probably've got into the England team.
Solid is a word regularly used when describing a defender who has had a good game. Ferdinand, Onuoha and Elmo were also solid today.
Player of the season so far.
Because "solid" says what you said but also describes the style in which he did it. He was hardly "creative" or "incisive".
For me he has to do something special for that. Bardsley never will. Credit to the lad for performing well though - he is not a liability at the moment.
Cattermole is player of the year
Definitely. He has come on miles in a position which is not naturally his and his left foot which might as well not have been there 2 months ago is now pretty strong. And he has not had a bad game yet.
In a post-modern, Danny Collins, ironic sort of way?
bring back chimbonda , he was immense in sunderland colours
It is such 'damning with faint praise' that is so galling. Bardsley is certainly not a liability, he is a positive asset.
Whilst I defended Bardsley last season against criticism of his lack of adventure from his natural right back position, I also accepted that, despite his resolute defending, he was not an irreplaceable component in the team. I have also been dubious about his switching to the opposite flank, anticipating that his seeming inability to tackle or kick with his left foot would be cruelly exposed and exploited.
He has confounded any concerns with invariably 'solid' and occasionally exceptional performances. I now believe that he should be able to retain the left back slot on merit. I would also suggest that having a genuinely left footed player in front of him (N'Zogbia ?) would see his performances improve still further.
I still do not suggest that he is irreplaceable, but would argue that there is no need (and certainly no urgency) for him to be replaced.
The moment he turned Scottish he vastly improved. Hamish had a great game today - again. Almost as good as Rico "Barn Door" was bad.
would love him to get a goal at the SOL, I imagine his celebration would be mental a la Stuart Pearce ...though I suspect it won't be from a 30 yard freekick
massive improvement from the lad turning out to be a very good player, which must reflect well on the coaching staff and manager.
Faint praise is what he gets as it reflects his abilities. He has been a liability on many occasions in th past but now I am comfortable that he is in the team - a great improvement. I still wish he could contribute signifciantly going forward. You can see he's trying, but he'll never be Alan Hutton.
You are right that he would be better behind a flying LW, but that is because his attacking limitations would be less exposed.
Still, he's doing okay.
he's really impressed me this season. thought he was pretty shit a 1/2 seasons back, but he has been fuckin class lately. done nothing wrong and put a few good crosses and important tackles in. give him a free kick kieran you're shit!
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