Weekend Review: 4th-5th December
A very quiet weekend for the Premiership’s Irish contingent, with the big news story of the weekend being Robbie Keane, despite him not making the match day squad. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has given his OK for Keane to look for a new club, and there are rumours that Aston Villa, Celtic and even the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Seamus Coleman – Everton
The little Killybegs man has been getting many Irish fans excited in recent months, particularly with his attacking displays. However on Saturday he showed that he has also worked hard on the defensive aspect of his game. Coleman was well able to manage the attacking threat of Ashley Cole all game and never once put a foot wrong. Becoming such an important player for Everton.
Cardiff’s Andy Keogh is one of Giovanni Trapattoni’s favoured substitutes, but is not rated highly by many Irish supporters. However, he always works his hardest whenever he’s called upon for Ireland. The same was true on Saturday against Preston. Bluebirds forward Jay Bothroyd was taken off injured after just eight minutes, and the Dubliner was hauled off the substitutes’ bench to replace him. It looked as if bottom-placed Preston (who had left Sean St. Ledger and Keith Treacy at home) would win the game, until Keogh popped upwith a lovely diving header in the 94th minute to rescue a point for the Welsh side.
Kieran Westwood and Richard Keogh – Coventry
Both players were simply instrumental in Coventry’s victory over Middlesborough. Westwood showed his talents with a fantastic double save from the penalty spot, while Richard Keogh dealt with everything that Middlesborough threw at him. Westwood made the Championship team of the week yet again and it is only a matter of time before he is in the Premiership. Shay Given may be getting worried.
A weekend to forget for the former Irish international. His Newcastle team was competently outplayed by West Brom, and Hughton brought out the hair dryer after the game by keeping the team in the dressing room for 90 minutes. Despite doing an excellent job with a very average Newcastle squad, Hughton was sacked on Monday.