Seven and swell
Kammy marvels at Chelsea's exploits, but also has praise for Scott Parker and Mick McCarthy.
Last Updated: 26/04/10 11:42am
Every Saturday afternoon, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.
On Sundays you can see him back in the Sky Sports studios as he brings you all of the highlights on Goals on Sunday.
And then on Mondays you can find Kammy right here on skysports.com as he brings you his picks of the weekend. Join us every week as he runs through his highs and lows as well as answering YOUR questions...
GAME - Chelsea 7-0 Stoke City
I think if anybody scores seven goals in a Premier League match, it has to be seen as an incredible game. It's especially true this week because the pressure was on Chelsea but they dispensed with a Stoke side that are usually so well organised. I presume that's Tony Pulis' biggest defeat in his time at the club and I'm sure all of their players will be back in training on Monday morning. But you can't take anything away from Chelsea.
TEAM - Chelsea
Because Manchester United played first - and won - the pressure was thrown right back onto Chelsea. There was a steely determination about Chelsea not to falter and they took the pressure off themselves straight away. I like the fact they didn't play a holding midfielder and I don't think they need one in their home games. Occasionally it's useful away from home because it stops them conceding goals, but at home it restricts them because they have more men behind the ball than in front of it. It was totally different on Sunday and they were an attacking machine.
PLAYER - Scott Parker
I think Parker deserves some credit for what he's done for that football club. He's an unsung hero of the season, but not at West Ham. If you speak to their fans, they all say if it wasn't for Scotty Parker they'd be playing Championship football next season. I agree with that statement because I've seen them surrender in games such as the one against Liverpool. He's been the man to keep them going and he showed on Saturday how much the club means to him. His goal celebration also showed how much he respects the manager.
GOAL - Nani
Parker's was a great goal and Steven Gerrard scored a cracker for Liverpool, but I'll go for Nani's outstanding finish against Tottenham. I'm picking that goal because it was such an important goal for United with the scores tied at 1-1. He showed great coolnees in front of goal and it seems he's growing into the Manchester United shirt at last. He now has a place in the team ahead of Antonio Valencia, which is no mean feat.
GAFFER - Mick McCarthy
It's a wonderful achievement for Mick McCarthy to keep Wolves up and it's pretty much gone unnoticed. They have worked so hard over the last month to grind out a few draws and make sure that they're safe. Perhaps if Burnley and Hull had kept a few clean sheets like Mick has done at Wolves then it would have taken them to the last day of the season. Mick's philosophy has been to not give goals away and that always give you the chance to win football matches.
GRIPE - Aston Villa's penalty
I thought it was a difficult decision for the referee from his position, but his assistant really should have given him some help. The problem for the referee was that Roger Johnson's touch directed the ball in an unusual direction, in the way the attacker would take it. But from the side of the pitch, the assistant should have been able to see the contact. Far too often they don't want to get involved. There's no team-work between the referee and the assistant and they should really help each other out!
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BOSSES TO BLAME?
As a West Brom fan, I would like to express my sympathy to the fans of Hull City and Burnley but I can't help thinking they got the managerial decisions wrong. Do you think Dowie and Laws should still be there next season? Simon
KAMMY SAYS: Burnley appointed Brian Laws in case they went back to the Championship, so it doesn't make any sense to get rid of him now. Maybe you would question the board and ask if they gave themselves a chance after Owen Coyle left. Firstly, did they get the right manager? Secondly, did they give him enough money to try and keep the club in the Premier League?
As for Hull City, it's quite uncomplicated. Adam Pearson decided to get rid of Phil Brown, the best manager in Hull's history. People seem to forget that he got them up and kept them up and instead they focus on the team talk on the pitch, the singing on the pitch, the story about him talking a woman out of suicide and his players fighting in front of the Women's Institute. All of that clouded the fact that he's the best manager in the club's history - and he might have been able to keep them up again this year. If Pearson had got that decision right, we'd all have been saying what a great move it was. Unfortunately, employing Iain Dowie just didn't work.
Hull City fans won't accept Dowie now. He's the manager who took them down. Dowie was in a difficult situation, but I know him very well and he wouldn't have taken the job if he didn't feel he could keep them up. He will have placed a lot of responsibility on his own shoulders.
SPOILING YOUR VOTE
In the PFA team of the Year, how is Fletcher ahead of Lampard when Lampard has had his best scoring season ever? And also how is Valencia ahead of Malouda when Malouda has scored 14 this season and Valencia has scored five? Josh from Huddersfield.
KAMMY SAYS: This was the choice of the players. The votes go in early and we have to accept the decisions that the players make. We all have our own opinions on who the best players of the season were, but in this instance we have to accept what they players have decided. Frank Lampard has had a fantastic season, but maybe the players have looked at Chelsea's season and decided it wasn't as successful as it might have been. Well, of course they could win the double and prove them all wrong!
We live in a democratic society and if you get the most votes you get in the team. I'm sure Lampard will be the first to say it's not a problem. Maybe he voted for Fletcher! Maybe Malouda voted for Valencia! That's something we don't know.