JUDGEMENT S; Winners and losers of the last seven days

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Nick Barmby

Who found that scoring two goals against one of the poorest teams England have faced in recent years is good enough to get you rave notices and a probable place in a major football tournament

Jon Robson

The unheralded Essex golfer who ignored the wind and rain which so upset the big names at the Benson and Hedges International and played throughout with a huge smile on his face to earn his biggest-ever cheque for finishing second.

Chris Lewis

Who got everyone reconsidering his "disappointing enigma" tag by roaring in as if he meant business at The Oval. He still left the question "will he do it tomorrow?" hanging in the air, though.


Colin Montgomerie

Whose thoroughly graceless performance at a windswept golf tournament last weekend would have been unacceptable coming from a 12-year-old, let alone a man at the top of his (extremely) well-paid profession

Louis van Gaal

Whose much-touted Ajax side failed by a massive distance to live up to their billing as the arch-exponents of the beautiful game with a dreadful performance in the European Cup final against Juventus.

French football

Which has lost much of its best talent in the past weeks, and which has received a diminutive Scotsman, John Collins from Celtic, as a substitute attraction.

Alan Shearer

Who found even the powder-puff Chinese defence an inpenetrable barrier and extended his barren international spell to 13 matches.