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Chris Kamara reviews the weekend and says Fabio Capello should have kept quiet over John Terry.
Last Updated: 06/02/12 2:23pm
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 as well as in-depth analysis of all the action on Goals on Sunday.
And then on Mondays you can find Kammy right here on skysports.com as he brings you his views on the weekend.
Join us every week as he runs through his highs and lows of the Premier League...
The FA have been backed into a corner over the England captaincy
The minute John Terry's court case was delayed until after the Euros, things became impossible. I don't know who's advising him, but I think the player should want things to be done and dusted now. To have this accusation hanging over him - with other players not knowing if he's innocent or guilty - is an impossible situation. Fabio Capello's got to understand that. If I was John Terry I'd get back to that Magistrates Court right now and get it tried as soon as possible!
Fabio Capello should have kept his thoughts to himself
What else could The FA do? They were coming under immense pressure. Of course a man is innocent until proved guilty and Capello is asking why the armband has been taken off his captain, but maybe he should sit down and listen to the reasons why they've had to do it and kept his thoughts to himself. Speaking out is only going to make the situation harder and his reaction has not been helpful. We know what it's like though because we've seen it before when people say what they think to a foreign news channel and think it won't get back to England. The way the world is now it's always going to happen!
He won't walk away though. The time to walk was after the World Cup. That was his lowest ever point as a manager in terms of his team's performance and in terms of the way everything went. I can't see him leaving the job now.
It was a mega point gained for Man Utd at Stamford Bridge
I think the draw at Chelsea was an amazing result and it showed tremendous character to come back from three goals down. I heard Sir Alex Ferguson say it was two points dropped and I know they played very well, but there are times when a team will play magnificently and get beaten; that's football. In my eyes, that's a point gained and from the position they were in it's a very big point.
Adam Johnson and Danny Welbeck earned very similar penalties
In both instances the defender offered a leg, but didn't actually make a challenge, and the attacker's leg has gone into them. It happened in the old days all the time. I was surprised the Welbeck one was given because the assistant should be able to see that Danny's leg went into Branislav Ivanovic. You see them given - and you see them not given - and Sir Alex felt they should have had two other penalties, so in the end it probably evened itself out.
I can understand the red cards for Djibril Cisse and Robert Huth
Djibril Cisse let down his manager and his team and should know he shouldn't raise his arms. As for Robert Huth, in the current climate and with that particular referee (Martin Atkinson had sent off Jack Rodwell and Yohan Cabaye for similar challenges) he was always going to see red. The one thing the ref didn't do was take into account the weather conditions on the day. Huth had to go for the ball - Tony Pulis would always want him to go and win it - and it was unfortunate that his momentum took him into David Meyler. From the referee's angle it looked really nasty, but on another given day there might be a different outcome. However, I understand why the ref gave it.
Arsenal were back to their swashbuckling ways
They've been pretty negative this season, which is unusual for Arsenal, but the good old days were back on Saturday and when they're in that form they're almost untouchable. They ended up beating Blackburn 7-1 and when you lose 1-0 or 2-0 it's disappointing, but that scoreline will have been devastating for Steve Kean. Now it's all about the reaction. We saw Norwich get well beaten in midweek against Sunderland, but Paul Lambert got them together and they came back with a good win over Bolton. Now Blackburn need to do the same.
What a brilliant goal by Papiss Demba Cisse!
What an exciting partnership Newcastle fans can look forward to with Papiss Demba Cisse and Demba Ba, who both play for the same country, spearheading their attack. I still don't think Alan Pardew is getting enough credit for what he's doing. People criticised them after the win against Blackburn because they only had two shots - but this game is all about results and Pardew is the master of getting them. People keep saying their run will come to an end, and I'm not sure if they're strong enough to finish in the top four, but you never know. A lot would have to happen to the teams above them, and it would be a surprise, but the players are obviously loving it!
I had lots of fun changing costumes on Soccer Saturday this week!
Jeff Stelling was telling Jonny Phillips to "man up" in the cold, so when they came to me I did my report in my shirt sleeves. Jeff replied by saying that I'd probably be bare-chested the next time they crossed to me - and I was going to do it - but the producer didn't want me to. That was the cue for me to beg steal and borrow as many hats and coats as I could from other people on the gantry. I did try to keep a straight face, but when I finished up in my shirt with three buttons undone it was quite hard! Football is a serious game, but our programme is supposed to be fun and I hope people enjoyed it.