Full credit to Shamrock Rovers for their displays against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League. Rovers deserve what they had. Their drive, passion and determination goes beyond what one would expect from any team. To beat a team as big as Partizan Belgrade over 210 minutes to reach the Europa League group stages is the greatest achievement in Irish football of all time, easily.
It's January, and we've all got a great chance to totally reshape our teams in the form of another Wildcard. Yes, that's right, unlimited transfers for one week only. You're doing awful, thinking you're never going to get into the top million, never mind win a league, so who are you going to buy? Well, look no further than this guide.
Ali Al Habsi - Wigan - £4.1m - 71
If you want to spend big in other departments, Ali's your man. He's extremely cheap, and as Kirkland is out on loan, he's Wigan's number one. At 71 already, you can't go wrong.
Seamus Coleman - Everton - £5.2m - 80
The great thing about Seamus is that even though he's marked as a defender, he plays right wing so he gets four points for a clean sheet and can easily get in the scoring list. He's a regular fixture in the Everton starting eleven, and with Pienaar gone he's even more likely to play the majority of Everton's remaining games.
Rafael Da Silva - Man United - £5.7m - 48
Rafael is really making the right back slot his own this season at Old Trafford. With our defence being so disciplined, he has license to get further up the field, where he can really cause damage. Even against the might of Gareth Bale, he took the initiative to attack, attack, attack, and used his skills to great effect until he was harshly sent off. He may only have 48 points this season, but he will add to that by the end of the season.
Ahmed Elmohamady - Sunderland - £5.2m - 89
One look at this creative fullback's graph and you can see it's up, down, up, down. His assists have been one of Sunderland's key driving forces this season, and Steve Bruce will surely be considering signed Ahmed on a permanent basis in the Summer.
Matthew Etherington - Stoke - £6.0m - 106
He simply can't stop assisting. Since last season, Matthew has been taking the phrase 'purple patch' to a whole new level. With the likes of Ricardo Fuller, Kenwyne Jones and now John Carew up front, he can only continue to score and assist for fun.
Gnegneri Yaya Toure - Man City - £5.6m - 92
Despite the fact he's primarily a defensive midfielder, Yaya is Man City's most attacking central midfielder. Even Vidic would have a tough time stopping this tank of a player, who specialises in making powerful runs through the middle. It's hard to see why he's so cheap.
Adam Johnson - Man City - £5.7m - 73
Man City's super sub is one of England's hottest prospects. He's a delight to watch, what with his dribbling and shooting. Even though he has so many points, one of his disadvantages is that he (wrongly) doesn't always play.
Andrew Carroll - Newcastle - £6.1m - 113
England's biggest hope and the next Alan Shearer without a doubt. What he has over Shearer is that he's left footed. Currently sidelined with a thigh injury, Andy is one of the top scorers in Fantasy Football due to his habit of scoring pretty much whenever he plays. Still extremely cheap, you won't regret signing him once he's back.
Dimitar Berbatov - Man United - £9.6m - 132
At time of writing, Dimitar is the highest scorer in Fantasy Football, and under £10m. Whenever he's partnered up front with Rooney, he seems to really shine, as he's proven with three against Liverpool, five against Blackburn and three against Birmingham. He plays best at home, so you might want to get him when we play at Old Trafford.
09/01/11 - FA Cup third round - Attendance: 74,727 - Referee: Howard Webb
United too professional for Kenny's Reds
Rafael Ferdinand Evans Evra
Nani Fletcher Carrick Giggs
Subs: Anderson for Fletcher (63'), Owen for Hernandéz (75'), Smalling for Evans (84') Subs not used: Lindegaard, Fabio, Gibson, Obertan.
Kelly Skrtel Agger Aurélio
Kuyt Miereles Gerrard Maxi
Subs: Shelvey for Meireles (61'), Babel for Maxi (61'), Ngog for Torres (77') Subs not used: Gulasci, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Ngog, Poulsen.
The worst place to possibly start your managerial reign is at Old Trafford. Unless you're managing Manchester United. Yet that is what Kenny Daglish just did, attempting to bring a deflated side a much needed away win over their deadly rivals, Manchester United. But they got off to the worst possible start after thirty seconds, with Agger upending Berbatov in the box.
Ryan struck a confident finish past Reina to put us 1 - 0 up in the second minute. Reina had dived the right way, but Giggsy's penalty was so good Reina didn't even get a fingertip to it. We had all the ball without ever overly threatening in the first half. We were tired after an arduous Winter schedule, and that showed as we kept the tempo low, moving the ball around slowly. Evans had Torres in his back pocket all game, and Rafael was energetic throughout. Nani and Giggs had poor first halves, but the sun was in Ryan's eyes throughout the whole forty five.
Kelly was great for Pool all game, a centre back playing at right back in the absence of Johnson, who may have to work to get his place back. Gerrard found him with a good ball after Kelly had made the run, but Kelly's cross was cleared well.
The ball ran free down the right and Rafael went in, fully fairly, on Meireles, who was scared and pulled out, sending himself flying. Gerrard, angry at Meireles, put in a two footed studs up challenge on Michael, which got him a straight red. Daglish watched a video replay in despair. Yet despite being a man up, we continued to hold the ball, not really looking for another goal.
The second half was much more entertaining, as we upped our game right from the start. Giggs rolled back the years to skin three Liverpool defenders, before crossing it in to Javier, whose header was a whisker wide. We had a flurry of corners, one of which resulting in Meireles almost rugby tackling Evans to the ground, deftly holding him there with a shirt tug. Yet no penalty was awarded. It would have compounded Pool's - and Daglish's - misery. We continued to press, with Nani and, in particular, Giggs, running the show down the flanks. Dimi and Chicho were great in the middle, as Agger and Skrtel didn't know where they'd pop up.
Just as the game risked getting slow again, Sir Alex took off Fletcher, who had picked up a yellow card, and brought on Ando, who proceeded to get himself booked just a minute later. Soon after, Aurelio hit a wonder free kick that was destined for the top corner until Kuszczak pulled of a fine save to parry it. It's nice to know your third choice keeper can play as well as this. Rio was superb today as well, even pulling off some tricks, along with Evans.
When Shelvey came on, he was confident, even shooting from near the halfway line from a quick free kick with Tomas only a few yards off his line (it went over), earning him a telling off from Lucas.
We continued to dominate, Reina forced to pull off save after save in a matter of seconds as we desperately searched for the elusive second. Daglish brought on Babel, who made a good run through our defence, but his shot was well saved by Tomas. Then, with five minutes to go; Michael Owen.
He replaced Chicho, who had a great game. Michael nearly got an assist, too, as he nutmegged Meireles down the right and tried to square it, but Agger did well to get across and clear. Once the fourth official showed up the board to indicate three added minutes, we were cruising. We spent the remaining time rolling the ball about the pitch, winding the clock down. The final whistle couldn't come sooner for Liverpool and former King of the Kop, Daglish.
My Man of the Match: Jonny Evans Rafael was great down the right and Dimi got the official one, but Jonny proved he's still the super centre half he is by keeping Torres at bay, and then out muscling the considerable strength of Ngog. He brought the ball forward well and had a brilliant game all round, hitting the post from a corner, and capped it off with a clean sheet.
Liverpool's Man: Martin Kelly Kenny Daglish had been part of the Liverpool academy, and the Kop faithful will hope that he can bring exciting new talent through at Anfield. Kelly had a great game at right back, and did well to keep Giggs quiet in the first half.
Ref Watch: Mr Webb continues to show why he's such a talented referee, even though he did miss a blatant penalty claim in the second half. Got the red card spot on.
Verdict - We were tired, but we completely outplayed Liverpool, with some fine individual performances. Who knows, this could be our year... Daglish's men played well, but he needs funds to build a team, which is what Hodgson needed, too. I sincerely doubt he'll be there come next season.
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I am getting PES 2011 for the PS3. I own FIFA 11 but in my opinion it's just not as good as it could be, and it can get extremely boring. PES, however, has a much better replay value and doesn't work on gimmicks which are usually thrown out in the next version (Pro Pass, Be A Keeper to name but a few on FIFA). I will, obviously, be downloading an option file, as PES is so fake without one. To be honest I can't wait for it, getting it maybe Thursday. All through the PS2 years, from PES 4 right up to PES 2008, I enjoyed every moment of PES. Every year I would spend hours editing the option file to make it realistic, and work towards getting the trophies and playing Master League. PES 2009 was my first next gen game, and once I got used to the gameplay I actually loved it. PES 2010, however, was an all round fail. The gameplay was much too slow and the general play was just so robotic. Also, the tradition Master League was ruined, as real money actually took away from the way of PES, and having the same poor youth players every game that aren't even real is just bad. Also, taking six weeks to get a reply from a bid, and not being able to actually bid yourself? Come on, Seabass. The real Champions League, and the fact that there was a transfer window before the game started, was good though.I got FIFA 10 and never looked back at PES 2010. I liked it, but didn't love it, and in the end I actually went back to PES 2008 on the PS2 and edited all the English teams, making many a player and kit. It took weeks, but I did it. I'll be playing that until I get PES 2011. I also bought FIFA 11, which is a poor game for me, it's just not good enough for a 2011 EA title. All round, PES is a game with a better community/spirit, while FIFA is the online game of choice for pretty much everybody.