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Paul Scholes and Wigan Athletic get the plaudits in Chris Kamara's Picks of the Weekend...
Last Updated: 19/04/10 12:39pm
Every Saturday afternoon, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.
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GAME - Wigan 3-2 Arsenal
This was such a dramatic comeback! Wigan were dead and buried but showed tremendous character to come back in the way that they did. I think Arsenal's hopes of winning the Premier League were already over - they were over at White Hart Lane - but this defeat reaffirmed it. Wigan have beaten Chelsea and Liverpool at home already this season, but this one was slightly better because of the circumstances. To be honest, you wouldn't give them a prayer at 2-0 down. The win also moves them away from the relegation zone as well. I thought they would only need three points from their remaining games to be safe and they have that now - this win should see them over the line now. We've had a few great games this weekend. Manchester United v Manchester City was settled by a dramatic late goal and Spurs produced another fantastic performance to beat Chelsea. We were spoilt for choice with good games this weekend!
TEAM - Spurs
There are plenty to choose from but I am going to go for Spurs because of the week they have had. You would say the easiest of the three games they've played this week was the FA Cup semi final against Portsmouth at Wembley. Once they lost that you think 'what chance have they got against the two big boys, Arsenal and Chelsea?' But they came through brilliantly and finished the week off with an absolutely fantastic win over Chelsea. They will have no fear going into their game with Manchester United now - but be warned Spurs fans, football is a funny game: who would have predicted the one Spurs would lose this week would be the Pompey one?
PLAYER - Gareth Bale
My Player of the Week is Tottenham's Gareth Bale. He is back to the marauding best he was when he was at Southampton. When he was with Saints he treated the Championship with contempt and now he is treating the Premier League with contempt as well. He is almost unplayable at times and scored a fine goal as well.
GOAL - Paul Scholes v City
I'll go for Paul Scholes' header in the last few seconds of the Manchester derby. It was an unsaveable header. This week he was given another one year contract. We've seen in under-achieve in some recent performances - he wasn't great at Bayern Munich or in the league game against Blackburn after that but once again you have got to admire Sir Alex Ferguson - he knows what he's doing! He believes there is plenty of life left in Scholes' tank and he proved that by popping up with another great goal. It's the importance of the goal, as well, which makes it so good. It keeps the Premier League alive. One bookmaker paid out on Thursday - I bet they're regretting that now!
GAFFER - Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp is definitely my pick for the manager's prize this week. He's helped them pull off two amazing wins after the disappointment of the FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth at Wembley. Few would have expected them to get maximum points from their games with Arsenal and Chelsea. A top four finish is now back in their hands and it would be amazing for them if they were to do it.
GRIPE - No second chances
There haven't been any major problems popping up this week but I would say one thing about the John Terry sending off. I think it is unfortunate for centre halves, or any player, for that matter, that once you have picked up a yellow card you can't miss-time another challenge for the rest of the game. I'm not saying miss-timing tackles is part of the game but unless John Terry gets the ball fully he gets sent off, which is wrong. Referees should be saying 'do another one and you're in trouble but unfortunately it doesn't happen that way, it's straight off. It's sad for the game which is meant to be a contact sport that defenders have such small margins for error.
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CREDIT TO AVRAM
Chris, I'm an Arsenal fan but I would like to say a massive well done to Avram Grant. He could have walked away amidst the mess but he carried on and led them to an FA Cup final. For all the mess he has had to put up with this season as manager of a cash strapped club he, more than anyone, deserves to lead a team out at Wembley for an FA Cup final. I hope he is proud because despite them going down just for the sheer determination and loyalty through the mess I would class him as Manager of the Season. How many others would do what he has done this year? Now go on Pompey, win the cup for him! Paul Collins
KAMMY SAYS: Hi Paul. Avram Grant has done a great job, no doubt about that, especially in the circumstances he's involved in. The circumstances have made it even more difficult for him to be manager. It's not too often a manger who gets relegated will be Manger of the Season, but I admit it is through no fault of his own Portsmouth are relegated. It is down to the situation he found the club in and the situation which has developed since he has been there. To take that team to a FA Cup final is an outstanding achievement. There've been lots of good performances this season: Roy Hodgson has done a fantastic job, Mick McCarthy has done a great job under difficult circumstances and Harry Redknapp has done a great job as well. There are lots of contenders, but you wouldn't rule him out of making the shortlist.
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