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Wed, Aug 19, 2009
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THE JEKYLL AND HYDE AWARD FOR SPLIT PERSONALITIES

DIDIER Drogba 'fessing up to a gem of a fluke winner? Since when?

Four seasons ago, the Ivorian accidentally scored the clincher against Arsenal with his right shin and claimed he meant it. Wonder if the serial diving conman has really cleaned up his act.

Also deserving mention is the affable Sammy Lee. The Liverpool assistant manager was all charm and smiles when the Reds visited Singapore. But Little Sam lost his cool at an assistant referee when a penalty claim was denied and was banished to the stands at White Hart Lane.

Take a chill pill, Sammy Boy.

WHAT A SPECTACLE! AWARD

FOLLOWING Liverpool's loss, Reds manager Rafa Benitez was asked: 'What is your overall assessment of the referee?' The Spaniard answered cutely by retrieving his spectacle case from inside his suit, pulling out his glasses and checking it with an inquisitive look on his face. What a riff-Raf!

AWARD FOR INSTANT HEROES

NEW SPURS signing Sebastien Bassong endeared himself immediately to the White Hart Lane faithful for inflicting a rare league defeat for Liverpool.

Also new Wigan boss Roberto Martinez for masterminding an away victory at Aston Villa.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CESC Fabregas for his contributions of two goals and two assists in Arsenal's 6-1 trampling over Everton. And Drogba's two-goal heroics to snatch victory at the death against Hull runs him a close second.

GOAL OF THE WEEK

DROGBA'S 35-metre big dipper free-kick and Hugo Rodallega's opener for Wigan against Villa were both spectacular. But Denilson's opener for Arsenal takes the cake for the build-up and finish. Nicklas Bendtner displayed uncharacteristic skill to beat his marker, relaying the ball to Fabregas whose no-look pass found Denilson who unleashed an unstoppable first-time effort into the top corner. Sweet.

WHOOPS! OF THE WEEK

MANCHESTER City may have avoided a potential banana-skin, winning 2-0 away at Blackburn.

But manager Mark Hughes still slipped up, literally, at the final whistle while trying to get up from his seat. Incidentally, new striker Carlos Tevez is already injured after slipping in the shower. Slick start there eh, Citeh?

FICKLE FAKER OF THE WEEK

MAN United's Rafael dislocated his shoulder and is ruled out for weeks. But his team-mate Nani 'dislocated' his shoulder and is thrusted into first-team action after only one week! The unlikeable winger managed to keep up his one-key-contribution-per-game-before-an-imaginary-injury statistic by providing the cross that led to Wayne Rooney's winner against Birmingham, before signalling to the bench to be substituted after an innocuous challenge. Let's see you blast this faker, Fergie!

Seriously, where is Robbie Savage to dish out a real bruising when you need him?

HEADLINE

YOU DIDN'T SEE Song boh?

Hokkien for 'feel good or not?' dedicated to Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong for netting the winner against Liverpool.

 
 
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