Something From The Weekend: Adam Bogdan's heroics; out-of-form India; Grand old Spurs
The Good, the Bad and the Odd
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Monday 16 January 2012
The good: Adam Bogdan
The Hungarian keeper has not enjoyed the best of careers at Bolton, spending four-and-a-half years as understudy to the evergreen Jussi Jaaskelainen. Both his previous Premier League app-earances this season could have gone better, too, with Chelsea firing in four first-half goals past him in October before he was beaten from nearly 100 yards by Everton's Tim Howard at Goodison this month. Good things come to those who wait, however, and the 24-year-old grabbed headlines for all the right reasons at Manchester United on Saturday, superbly saving Wayne Rooney's first-half penalty. Still lost 3-0, mind ...
The bad: India
Fresh from last summer's capitulation in England, the former 'best side in the world' continued their overseas slump as Australia secured the series in Perth with another crushing victory. Sure, they overcame West Indies on home soil in between the humblings, but with many of their star hitters nearing retirement age, Sachin Tendulkar faltering on 99 centuries, and captain MS Dhoni banned for the final Test in Oz, the future does not look so bright for India.
The odd: Grand old Spurs
After spending all week being tipped as contenders, Spurs returned to the shaky ways of yesteryear at the Lane on Saturday – failing to overcome lowly Wolves. They did break one record, however – Steven Fletcher's first-half tap-in making Harry Redknapp's side the first team to concede 1,000 goals in the Premier League. With nearest challengers Everton 36 goals behind, this is one table Spurs will top for a while yet.
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