Gameweek 26 results

February 13, 2014

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 47 1,561
2 The Magico Rob Buttaci 52 1,513
3 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 37 1,507
4 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 46 1,495
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 85 1,492
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 55 1,485
7 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 43 1,485
8 Ciderheads Darren Pope 64 1,479
9 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 59 1,475
10 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 24 1,448
11 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 30 1,443
12 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 46 1,443
13 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 45 1,398
14 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 61 1,396
15 Kedah FA David Spinks 47 1,386
16 Have a little dink Ian Williams 56 1,380
17 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 41 1,376
18 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 62 1,363
19 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 54 1,347
20 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 102 1,330
21 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 1,323
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 29 1,299
23 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 31 1,298
24 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 30 1,275
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 41 1,259
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 24 1,159

The tube strike could have really messed with manager’s selections this week. Thankfully, it was called off, so those with Suarez and Sturridge could rest easy and pick their captains. Then it rained and got a bit stormy. So not so lucky were those with any combination of City, Everton, Palace or Sunderland players. If it had been Villa v Cardiff or Stoke v Swansea that had been postponed, no-one would have batted at eyelid. It wasn’t. We lost the City attackers, the Everton defence and the cheapo form players from Palace and Sunderland . Getting eleven men out on the pitch was the main concern, a feat which hardly any Buckets teams were able to manage, even with back up from the bench.

All but Biscuitmen, who not only fielded a full eleven, but also managed a mammoth 102 points. A good score in most weeks – exceptional in this. It pushed them up four places in the league. It’s a little too late for a title push, but does get them their bye into the first round proper of the cup, and also puts them way ahead in the February manager of the month table.

The other significant mover up the league this week – and maybe the only challenger to Biscuitmen’s assault on the monthly prize, are Neil Madrid. They were able to field nine men, and notched 85 points. Madrid leapfrogged five teams and now sit in 5th. They’ve been loitering around the 10th place spot for months, and as each week passed their hopes of a podium finish were becoming more and more faint. Now they’re title challengers again.

There were varying degrees of luck for the rest of the leading pack. Some were able to field as many as 10 men. Some, like Panza Grande, were unfortunate to only have seven in action. Rip Roaring Reds managed a ten man turn out, but were forced to rely on Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor off their bench. Neither player mustered a point. It would probably have been easier to take had they had a couple of non-playing squad members in back-up.

And yet, with only eight games going ahead, there were scores to be had, as proved by Madrid and Biscuitmen. Danny Sturridge is the new Luis Suarez. He’s scored in every game since his comeback from injury. Both Madrid and Buscuitmen employed him as captain. Emmanuel Adebayor justified AVB’s sacking a little more with another double. West Ham have kept four consecutive clean sheets. James Collins was their main man this week, getting his clean sheet points, full bonus marks and a goal in their defeat of Norwich. Jose Fonte continues to impress with another goal, bonus and clean sheet clean sweep. Arsenal’s defence recovered from their battering against Liverpool to keep out Manchester United. Those who’d left the Arsenal defence on the bench in the wake of the 5-1 thumping will have been pleased to see the other games cancelled, thus promoting them to the first team. All four Arsenal defenders picked up bonus marks.

Player of the week – Emmanuel Adebayor – 16 points. Where would Spurs be if he’d been playing from the start of the season?

Bargain of the week – James Collins – 15 points. West Ham take up the baton of the team with the best cheapo defenders.

Donkey of the week – Kolo Toure – -1 points. Another comical own goal.

Goal of the week – Nacer Chadli. Not much to choose from, and it’s questionable as to whether Newcastle were trying by this point, but…

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