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Sunday, May 14, 2006

BBC Football - FA cup Final

BBC Football

Sat down to watch the ultimate BBC football match yesterday – the FA cup Final. The BBC football line-up for the game was a good one – Mr Cool, Gary Lineker in the chair, Alan Hansen (the pundit’s pundit), Alan Shearer and the mad-man Ian Wright!

Meanwhile, the commentators were good ole John Motson and “Lawro” Mark Lawrenson.
Well- what a game! A fantastic spectacle – one of the best FA cup finals I have seen for a loooong time and done full justice by the BBC football team. Motson and Lawro held it together during the game, Hansen was his usual insiteful self at half time and Wrightie provide the usual comic value mixed with some very perceptive comments. The only disappointment was Shearer – he tries hard, but he really is too much “Mr Boring” to add any real value to punditry, especially BBC football punditry.

The game itself was a truly great final, played in a great spirit. What more can you have in a game, mistakes leading to a 2-0 advantage for the underdogs, the favorites fighting back to 2-2, the underdogs going ahead again to a freak goal and then - just as you think its all over – one of the most magnificent goals I’ve ever seen in an FA cup Final.

Then there were the injuries and the tiredness, with players dropping like flies and hobbling around the pitch during the latter stages of the second half and extra time. Then there was the dramatic save during extra time. And to cap it all, the drama of penalties, Reina coming good after a fairly bad game and saving 3 of the West Ham spot-kicks. And all handle excellently by the BBC football team.

Hansen made the point at the end that West Ham were the better team and would have won it had it not been for one man – Steven Gerrard. That’s a bit harsh on the rest of the Liverpool team – I thought Sissoko had a magnificent game, holding the midfield together when all the stars around him were making lots of mistakes. But there is a big grain of truth in the assessment – West Ham played the better football and made much less mistakes. But they couldn’t overcome the tremendous fighting spirit of Liverpool – and the magnificence of Gerrard.

Well done to both teams and a big thank you to the BBC football team for handing the occasion so expertly. Roll on the World Cup!

BBC Football

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