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Plymouth Player Ratings

Fabianski - Some good saves but looked a bit uncomfortable at times. 6

Sagna - Usual self. Great at the back and got forward well. Useful crosses and combination play with Eboue. 7

Gallas - Calm and did well with what he had to deal with. A few nervous moments with set pieces (the team as a whole rather than him as an individual. 6.5

Djourou - Same as Gallas. I still think he needs to get a bit more nasty and tough before he can become a top player but he has the qualities. 6.5

Silvestre - Nothing much there. Subbed off early. 6 (until the sub)

Gibbs - Like Clichy reincarnate but he has a lot more skill and a better shot. He needs to learn how to play the position in terms of defense but this performance was promising. 7.5

Eboue - Linked well with Sagna and had a few decent efforts. Not enough produced though in my opinion. I think comparing his performance to Nasri`s highlights the need for another wide player with quality. 6

Wilshere - Not much time on the pitch. Unfair to criticize a few bad passes.

Ramsey - Seems too hesitant to do well. He had a decent game but all too often he tried to do something special or did not have the "picture" that Fabregas has. He will be a top class player in time. 6

Diaby - Good performance form the big lad. Box to Box all game and helped Ramsey throughout. Not enough produced for a player with his qualities but he will be in for a shout alongside Denilson at Bolton. 7

Nasri - Fantastic. He was simply amazing. All across the pitch, defending, creating and shooting well. Set up both of van Persie`s goals and had a brilliant match. If we had two Nasri`s (one on the right as well) we would be up there at the top. 9

Vela - Put in a good shift on the left wing. Always looks to go past players, inside or out, and even created a few chances. Should have had a shot on a few occasions but chose to pass. 7

Van Persie - Good performance as both the link man and up on his own. He has finally stated to perform on a regular basis. But his finishing isn`t half inconsistent. If he could sharpen up in front of goal he would be lethal, at the moment he could miss a sitter and smack one in form 20 yards in the same game. 8

Bendtner - I liked this performance. He looked like what he should be. Big, strong and clever on the ball. If he tightened up his skills and the way he uses his body more effectively, he could be a brilliant player. He has some work to do. 7.5

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Date:Saturday January 3 2009
Time: 7:20PM


Nasri needs to stay as our creative central midfielder while Cesc is out in my opinion. My apologies for the lack of a match preview, as I've been in and out of the doctors office the last couple of days.
03/01/2009 19:24:00
Go me! But the Nasri in the middle thing is a bis risky. Then we would lose him as a wide player. We would ahve to play Vela and Eboue at the moment.
03/01/2009 19:26:00
I agree it could be a bit risky, but I think his talent as creator can be better utilized in the centre of the park rather than out wide with Fabregas out.
03/01/2009 19:29:00
Yeah, unfortunately he's pretty much our only real option on the left, but if we get a wide midfielder, we could move him into Cesc's role
03/01/2009 19:29:00
I like Fabianski, he comes for everything. their is a confidence and presence about his game that Almunia though a decent keeper lacks. Plymouth simply didnt know how to deal with Nasri when he had the free role behind RVP, he looks far more comfortable their but how to accomodate him in this position on a regular basis?
03/01/2009 19:31:00
Yay, Tomf's famous now! :D
03/01/2009 19:45:00
wilshere should of been givin more of a run out he is gona b very good as we can all see and he just isnt gettin the minutes hopefully he will be used more this season
03/01/2009 20:22:00
Largely agree with these ratings. I reflect iceman's sentiments about Fabianski absolutely, he is a keeper that is positive and takes risks. Almunia doesn't and is hesitant, in time, Fabianski's confidence will stand him in much better stead than Almunia and I think next season he will be in a really strong position to be number 1. I also liked the rating for Bendtner because that boy got nothing but ***** today in the stadium for absolutely everything he did, even when he made a simple pass he was berated and I, like you Tom, thought he was half decent today. Not special, but he did his job and won most of his headers too. The last two games have seen us revert to Bendtner out wide and Nasri central where I agree he looks good. Hopefully that can go some way to answering our problems creatively.
Little Dutch
03/01/2009 21:06:00
Its a bit puzzling to see Bendtner out wide, as he is the best header amongst the starting 11 today. But he did contribute positively (I only saw the 2nd half). Also, we've looked far more impressive in the 4-4-1-1 this season either with Diaby or Nasri jst behind the striker. We used the same formation to ery good effect last season when RvP was injured. Perhaps, thats the way to go, for a few games, till we get our confidence back.
03/01/2009 22:25:00
I could make this a permanent thing If you like. Hows the money?
03/01/2009 23:23:00
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