I gave up giving a few rat's giblets about footballing awards a very long time ago. There is so much bias and stupidity at work that there is absolutely no point getting worked up over who wins the FIFA/UEFA/PFA or anyone else's award. There is a massive bias towards strikers, there is a massive bias towards certain clubs and countries, also a lot of people who vote have about as many brain cells as Cashley Cole, enough said frankly.
RVP did deserve the player of the year award this year but looking at the selections in the team of the season has to make you chuckle, it is almost as laughable as Henry Winter's Tottenham XI, sorry combined Arsenal-Tottenham XI. I had the misfortune of looking at the officials Premier League's shortlists for the greatest bits of the last 20 years, it is staggering what and who they have shortlisted, apparently Manu 8-2 Arsenal is one of their top ten games, there is also no room for Jens Lehmann in their best keepers, we have the likes of Given, James and Schwarzer instead, a truly laughable selection! There is no Lauren, but we have Petrescu, Glen Johnson and Carr! I stopped reading at that point, the Premier League are again showing their complete lack of intelligence with or without a bit of bias chucked in.
Another huge potential joke is Andre Marriner taking charge of the Manchester derby match this monday, he is a poor referee who cannot control players and I think he will struggle badly to keep any level of order next week. We shall see. We have Chris Foy, but unfortunately Marriner is making an appearance as our 4th official the trip to Stoke.
I was away for the Chelsea game and will comment briefly with the convenient eye of retrospect. We were unlucky, we created all the chances and on another day could have put 2 or 3 past the dire Russians. RVP did not have his shooting boots on, Song is looking rather tired, but it was great to have the mighty Koscielny back in the fold, he has been one of our outstanding players this season without doubt.
The Tottenham result did us a massive favour, Newcastle are close to us but our vastly superior goal difference is useful, I think if we can beat Stoke this weekend, a big if I know, then we will be odds of for 3rd spot. Things could be tricky if we do not win and other results do not drop though. I just wonder if Francis Coquelin may be added into the starting XI to give us a bit more defensive beef, it will be interesting to see.