Who was your Watford man-of-the-match against Crystal Palace?

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Friday night’s match was a game of two halves; one where the first included some superb play from Watford’s players but it was overshadowed by a very disappointing second half. But over the course of the 90 minutes, who was your Watford man-of-the-match?

Did the all-action display of Almen Abdi impress you most? Was the accomplished Nathaniel Chalobah your pick of the bunch? Or were the defensive displays of the returning Tommie Hoban and long-standing Lloyd Doyley the best in the yellow of Watford?

Take part in the ballot below and explain your decision in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

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12:07pm Sat 9 Feb 13

dorothyparker12 says...

Man of match Fernando Forestieri. Before he enters, 2-0, then he is envolved in both the actions of the Crystal's goals.
Man of match Fernando Forestieri. Before he enters, 2-0, then he is envolved in both the actions of the Crystal's goals. dorothyparker12
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3:34pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Hampshire hornet says...

Lay off the player, we should support and encourage.. Not destroy...
Tommie Hoban... Outstanding...
Lay off the player, we should support and encourage.. Not destroy... Tommie Hoban... Outstanding... Hampshire hornet
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3:39pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Meadey39 says...

Almen Abdi was the man who was instrumental in us taking a 2-0 lead. Hoban would have been my choice if he or anyone of the four players around the ball had booted it clear before the Palace player put it in for 2-1. Almunia needs to be more commanding in his area.
Almen Abdi was the man who was instrumental in us taking a 2-0 lead. Hoban would have been my choice if he or anyone of the four players around the ball had booted it clear before the Palace player put it in for 2-1. Almunia needs to be more commanding in his area. Meadey39
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3:42pm Sat 9 Feb 13

andyhooked says...

The Palace manager of course cos of what he said about our foreign legion. Oh, sorry you said man of the match not prat of the match. I agree that young Hoban was very good. Shame that Vydra was taken off too early in my view.
The Palace manager of course cos of what he said about our foreign legion. Oh, sorry you said man of the match not prat of the match. I agree that young Hoban was very good. Shame that Vydra was taken off too early in my view. andyhooked
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3:50pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hornet88 says...

You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here.

Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.
You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here. Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call. hornet88
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3:55pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Hampshire hornet says...

hornet88 wrote:
You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here.

Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.
What's your twitter name?
[quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here. Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.[/p][/quote]What's your twitter name? Hampshire hornet
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4:06pm Sat 9 Feb 13

hornet88 says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
hornet88 wrote: You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here. Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.
What's your twitter name?
@funno11 ??
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here. Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.[/p][/quote]What's your twitter name?[/p][/quote]@funno11 ?? hornet88
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4:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Hampshire hornet says...

hornet88 wrote:
Hampshire hornet wrote:
hornet88 wrote: You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here. Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.
What's your twitter name?
@funno11 ??
Just followed
[quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hornet88[/bold] wrote: You can't blame our players around the ball for their first goal, they were all on their backsides. We knew palace would come back at us in the second half and we perhaps should of tried to retain the ball better, other than that a point gained against a good side. We are still up there and still have our best players fit and ready for the next game. I'm confident we will come back stronger because the players were dissapointed to have let the two goal lead slip. Even fitz hall on Twitter was saying how annoyed he was and he doesn't usually tweet about us. Let's get behind the team again and enjoy the run in from here. Oh and man of the match.... Almen abdi/Tommie hoban. Too close to call.[/p][/quote]What's your twitter name?[/p][/quote]@funno11 ??[/p][/quote]Just followed Hampshire hornet
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5:10pm Sat 9 Feb 13

jasonwatford says...

tommie hoban - pure class - just to let holloway know the boy was at arsenal till he was 14 and then through our acadamy you stupid west country tosspot
tommie hoban - pure class - just to let holloway know the boy was at arsenal till he was 14 and then through our acadamy you stupid west country tosspot jasonwatford
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5:17pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Doyley or Hoban.
Question, has Almunia put in a MOM performance for us yet? Would love him to play a blinder when we really need it.
Doyley or Hoban. Question, has Almunia put in a MOM performance for us yet? Would love him to play a blinder when we really need it. Only 2 Ross Jenkins
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6:18pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
Doyley or Hoban.
Question, has Almunia put in a MOM performance for us yet? Would love him to play a blinder when we really need it.
Doyley is my good luck charm solid , dependable, hard working and strong. Hoban has alot of potential.
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: Doyley or Hoban. Question, has Almunia put in a MOM performance for us yet? Would love him to play a blinder when we really need it.[/p][/quote]Doyley is my good luck charm solid , dependable, hard working and strong. Hoban has alot of potential. Mohandas
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6:19pm Sat 9 Feb 13

tommy gunn says...

Tommie Hoban for me,but well done Posh,Barnsley and Huddersfield,Come on Brighton.
Tommie Hoban for me,but well done Posh,Barnsley and Huddersfield,Come on Brighton. tommy gunn
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6:29pm Sat 9 Feb 13

stonehornet says...

On Holloway, he was appointed on 3 Nov and after a good start Palace have now won 3 league games in 14 (that's relegation form). Holloway is no doubt under pressure 'cos if Palace don't get promoted this season, they lose Zaha and know next season they could be in trouble.
Without the disruption of Internationals, we would have won. The Premier league allow clubs playing Europa League on Thursdays to play on Sunday, But Sky rules, and thus we suffer and had just 48 hours recovery time including Travel, Nosworthy had even less & missed out altogether.
As we all saw. Vydra was way below his usual sharpness
On Holloway, he was appointed on 3 Nov and after a good start Palace have now won 3 league games in 14 (that's relegation form). Holloway is no doubt under pressure 'cos if Palace don't get promoted this season, they lose Zaha and know next season they could be in trouble. Without the disruption of Internationals, we would have won. The Premier league allow clubs playing Europa League on Thursdays to play on Sunday, But Sky rules, and thus we suffer and had just 48 hours recovery time including Travel, Nosworthy had even less & missed out altogether. As we all saw. Vydra was way below his usual sharpness stonehornet
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6:36pm Sat 9 Feb 13

stonehornet says...

Oh....and for the record Mr HOLLOWAY, both sides finished the game with the same number of loanees.........
Palace had Butterfiled (Norwich), Phillips (Blackpool), Richards (Swansea) and Dobbie (Brighton). With Forestieri for Vydra WFC also had 4 (Chalobah, Cassetti, Pudil & Abdi) the other 7 are signed.
Oh....and for the record Mr HOLLOWAY, both sides finished the game with the same number of loanees......... Palace had Butterfiled (Norwich), Phillips (Blackpool), Richards (Swansea) and Dobbie (Brighton). With Forestieri for Vydra WFC also had 4 (Chalobah, Cassetti, Pudil & Abdi) the other 7 are signed. stonehornet
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7:13pm Sat 9 Feb 13

DuffmanWFC says...

Holloway is a plank! It's unfair we have so many loans? Well I think it's unfair that you can sell a player and bank £10Million and still have him playing for you on loan from the club you sold him to the day before!
Holloway is a plank! It's unfair we have so many loans? Well I think it's unfair that you can sell a player and bank £10Million and still have him playing for you on loan from the club you sold him to the day before! DuffmanWFC
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8:15pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Skully84 says...

stonehornet wrote:
Oh....and for the record Mr HOLLOWAY, both sides finished the game with the same number of loanees.........
Palace had Butterfiled (Norwich), Phillips (Blackpool), Richards (Swansea) and Dobbie (Brighton). With Forestieri for Vydra WFC also had 4 (Chalobah, Cassetti, Pudil & Abdi) the other 7 are signed.
Well said! the table was turned on it's head today, results really went our way today. Anything to do with internationals?.. We just simply dropped too deep as that can happen 2-0 up. We let Palace control and gave them the initiative. GZ may have said it felt like a loss but so many points were dropped everywhere else today, Back to business away to Brum next week.
COYH!
[quote][p][bold]stonehornet[/bold] wrote: Oh....and for the record Mr HOLLOWAY, both sides finished the game with the same number of loanees......... Palace had Butterfiled (Norwich), Phillips (Blackpool), Richards (Swansea) and Dobbie (Brighton). With Forestieri for Vydra WFC also had 4 (Chalobah, Cassetti, Pudil & Abdi) the other 7 are signed.[/p][/quote]Well said! the table was turned on it's head today, results really went our way today. Anything to do with internationals?.. We just simply dropped too deep as that can happen 2-0 up. We let Palace control and gave them the initiative. GZ may have said it felt like a loss but so many points were dropped everywhere else today, Back to business away to Brum next week. COYH! Skully84
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8:56pm Sat 9 Feb 13

DuffmanWFC says...

It was gutting that the game slipped away from us but I suppose the ironic thing is that we gained ground on the teams around us for second spot as Hull, Leicester and M'boro all lost!
You can't change the past and there is no point dwelling on what could of been, the best thing for us is to concentrate on the next game and pick up a win and see what happens from there!
I still believe we can grab second spot!
It was gutting that the game slipped away from us but I suppose the ironic thing is that we gained ground on the teams around us for second spot as Hull, Leicester and M'boro all lost! You can't change the past and there is no point dwelling on what could of been, the best thing for us is to concentrate on the next game and pick up a win and see what happens from there! I still believe we can grab second spot! DuffmanWFC
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9:56pm Sat 9 Feb 13

JohnnyHornet says...

tommy gunn wrote:
Tommie Hoban for me,but well done Posh,Barnsley and Huddersfield,Come on Brighton.
And now BRIGHTON............
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[quote][p][bold]tommy gunn[/bold] wrote: Tommie Hoban for me,but well done Posh,Barnsley and Huddersfield,Come on Brighton.[/p][/quote]And now BRIGHTON............ ..... JohnnyHornet
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10:42pm Sat 9 Feb 13

kingofpop says...

Almunia is a million times more commanding than Loach ever was. While we were lucky with results today i don't think we are good enough to go up in an automatic place, it's not the first time we've choked .
Also i think last night showed up zola's lack of experience, it was clear that palace were still in the game at half time, yet he did nothing to try and change the game in the second half when it was all palace, maybe a change of formation? deeney up top on his own and bring on eustace,we desperatly needed some experience in the middle
Almunia is a million times more commanding than Loach ever was. While we were lucky with results today i don't think we are good enough to go up in an automatic place, it's not the first time we've choked . Also i think last night showed up zola's lack of experience, it was clear that palace were still in the game at half time, yet he did nothing to try and change the game in the second half when it was all palace, maybe a change of formation? deeney up top on his own and bring on eustace,we desperatly needed some experience in the middle kingofpop
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12:45am Sun 10 Feb 13

mimiperena says...

looks a better result, with Hull, Leicester and Borough all losing. What odds on the three of them all losing ???. With Cardiff drawing turned out to be a point gained not two lost, This will go to the last game for the positions 2/6. Regrettable looks like fattys old boys are all but up.
looks a better result, with Hull, Leicester and Borough all losing. What odds on the three of them all losing ???. With Cardiff drawing turned out to be a point gained not two lost, This will go to the last game for the positions 2/6. Regrettable looks like fattys old boys are all but up. mimiperena
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7:16am Sun 10 Feb 13

SAHornet says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
Holloway is a plank! It's unfair we have so many loans? Well I think it's unfair that you can sell a player and bank £10Million and still have him playing for you on loan from the club you sold him to the day before!
Totally agree....manipulatio
n of the rules !
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: Holloway is a plank! It's unfair we have so many loans? Well I think it's unfair that you can sell a player and bank £10Million and still have him playing for you on loan from the club you sold him to the day before![/p][/quote]Totally agree....manipulatio n of the rules ! SAHornet
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7:20am Sun 10 Feb 13

SAHornet says...

Way to go Brighton......look at all the results that went our way yesterday, can hardly believe it. Must be a sign that we have a good chance of promotion
Way to go Brighton......look at all the results that went our way yesterday, can hardly believe it. Must be a sign that we have a good chance of promotion SAHornet
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9:18am Sun 10 Feb 13

CARDIFFHORN says...

mimiperena wrote:
looks a better result, with Hull, Leicester and Borough all losing. What odds on the three of them all losing ???. With Cardiff drawing turned out to be a point gained not two lost, This will go to the last game for the positions 2/6. Regrettable looks like fattys old boys are all but up.
Totally agree and for me Blackburn are the dark horses.
[quote][p][bold]mimiperena[/bold] wrote: looks a better result, with Hull, Leicester and Borough all losing. What odds on the three of them all losing ???. With Cardiff drawing turned out to be a point gained not two lost, This will go to the last game for the positions 2/6. Regrettable looks like fattys old boys are all but up.[/p][/quote]Totally agree and for me Blackburn are the dark horses. CARDIFFHORN
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11:02am Sun 10 Feb 13

Summer breeze says...

Went from elation to despair.... But reality check: point against Palace, 3rd in table, great players, great manager, great football and no sign of administration. Things could not be better! Hoban and Abdi both brilliant. COYH!
Went from elation to despair.... But reality check: point against Palace, 3rd in table, great players, great manager, great football and no sign of administration. Things could not be better! Hoban and Abdi both brilliant. COYH! Summer breeze
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11:27am Sun 10 Feb 13

holtonian says...

Game of two halfs.Palace are a good side make no bones about it. By our high standards we only played in second gear and did not get going second half once Palace loaded midfield and pushed up wing backs.
Not so long back Palace was taking most sides apart so it was just a matter of time untill they came alive again.
I still believe Gianfranco has not found the best 11 yet, i for one do not feel the team playing against Palace is the best side we can field.And as commented poor Fernando was involved in both of the goals the other night.For me that was just the way the cookie crumbles as i believe he will be one of the best players we have over future seasons.Happy days ahead.
Game of two halfs.Palace are a good side make no bones about it. By our high standards we only played in second gear and did not get going second half once Palace loaded midfield and pushed up wing backs. Not so long back Palace was taking most sides apart so it was just a matter of time untill they came alive again. I still believe Gianfranco has not found the best 11 yet, i for one do not feel the team playing against Palace is the best side we can field.And as commented poor Fernando was involved in both of the goals the other night.For me that was just the way the cookie crumbles as i believe he will be one of the best players we have over future seasons.Happy days ahead. holtonian
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12:12pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

mimiperena wrote:
looks a better result, with Hull, Leicester and Borough all losing. What odds on the three of them all losing ???. With Cardiff drawing turned out to be a point gained not two lost, This will go to the last game for the positions 2/6. Regrettable looks like fattys old boys are all but up.
Bang on. When the going gets tough the tough get going and with some vets like Doyley and Almunia with the cutting edge up front we're set up for a great finish.
[quote][p][bold]mimiperena[/bold] wrote: looks a better result, with Hull, Leicester and Borough all losing. What odds on the three of them all losing ???. With Cardiff drawing turned out to be a point gained not two lost, This will go to the last game for the positions 2/6. Regrettable looks like fattys old boys are all but up.[/p][/quote]Bang on. When the going gets tough the tough get going and with some vets like Doyley and Almunia with the cutting edge up front we're set up for a great finish. Mohandas
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3:01pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Poppet Bear says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
Doyley or Hoban.
Question, has Almunia put in a MOM performance for us yet? Would love him to play a blinder when we really need it.
So would I, not enough shut-outs.
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: Doyley or Hoban. Question, has Almunia put in a MOM performance for us yet? Would love him to play a blinder when we really need it.[/p][/quote]So would I, not enough shut-outs. Poppet Bear
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3:21pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Travelling Hornet says...

I'm worried that Almunia hasn't got any bottle, he may be a good shot stopper but he lets slight injuries affect his performance and our results,eg, he had a minor hamstring problem against Charlton, against Hull he had a problem with his arm which affected his throwing. Last match he could of prevented their first goal byputting his hand on the ball but soon as he saw the big Palace lad steaming in he whipped his hand away sharpish.
I'm worried that Almunia hasn't got any bottle, he may be a good shot stopper but he lets slight injuries affect his performance and our results,eg, he had a minor hamstring problem against Charlton, against Hull he had a problem with his arm which affected his throwing. Last match he could of prevented their first goal byputting his hand on the ball but soon as he saw the big Palace lad steaming in he whipped his hand away sharpish. Travelling Hornet
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10:45pm Sun 10 Feb 13

supermikey says...

Gutted to throw away a 2 goal lead but now happier that no one in the top 6 won.

What has worried me all season is that we do not appear to have enough grit or bite in midfield. We are a joy to watch on the ball but when not in possession it's scary. The midfield seem to disappear. We also look scary defending set pieces too. Then I think, I mustn't complain, the season has far surpassed my expectations.

And then, it's going to be gutting if we miss out on promotion due to just lacking a little steel. You can't have 11 ball players
Gutted to throw away a 2 goal lead but now happier that no one in the top 6 won. What has worried me all season is that we do not appear to have enough grit or bite in midfield. We are a joy to watch on the ball but when not in possession it's scary. The midfield seem to disappear. We also look scary defending set pieces too. Then I think, I mustn't complain, the season has far surpassed my expectations. And then, it's going to be gutting if we miss out on promotion due to just lacking a little steel. You can't have 11 ball players supermikey
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1:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Harry's Bar says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
I'm worried that Almunia hasn't got any bottle, he may be a good shot stopper but he lets slight injuries affect his performance and our results,eg, he had a minor hamstring problem against Charlton, against Hull he had a problem with his arm which affected his throwing. Last match he could of prevented their first goal byputting his hand on the ball but soon as he saw the big Palace lad steaming in he whipped his hand away sharpish.
For Palace's first goal Almunia was like a schoolkid who had been put in goal because he was useless everywhere else. I have never seen a keeper pull back like that before.
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: I'm worried that Almunia hasn't got any bottle, he may be a good shot stopper but he lets slight injuries affect his performance and our results,eg, he had a minor hamstring problem against Charlton, against Hull he had a problem with his arm which affected his throwing. Last match he could of prevented their first goal byputting his hand on the ball but soon as he saw the big Palace lad steaming in he whipped his hand away sharpish.[/p][/quote]For Palace's first goal Almunia was like a schoolkid who had been put in goal because he was useless everywhere else. I have never seen a keeper pull back like that before. Harry's Bar
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