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Chris Kamara - Chris Kamara Posted 26th March 2012 view comments

Every Saturday afternoon, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.

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You wouldn't have wanted to be the opposition at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday

It was a no-win situation for Blackburn Rovers because everybody wanted Bolton to win for Fabrice Muamba. I'm sure if the opponents had been different then Steve Kean would have felt that way too. Nevertheless, the tribute that the club gave was outstanding and when Fabrice is fit and well again he'll see the lengths that people went to for him. It shows what an outstanding character he is for all of this to be happening.

Let's not forget that this was an important three points for Bolton too. If Fabrice comes back, they want him to come back as a Premier League player. It's an old cliché, but life carries on and even though this unfortunate circumstance has happened Bolton remain desperate to keep their Premier League status, perhaps even more so now.

It was a point gained for Manchester City at Stoke

No ifs or buts, that was a good result for Man City at the Britannia Stadium. Roberto Mancini knows that going to Stoke is difficult under any circumstances, but when Peter Crouch produced his world-class goal - the sort of goal you only see once or twice a season - there was nothing that any team in the world could do about it. You can't defend against that. All you can do is come from behind to salvage a draw and that's exactly what they did. I think it was a great point for them in the end.

But what a goal. Crouchy has got that in his locker and I think he gets the ball played to his head too much at Stoke when he'd prefer it to his feet. He's a talented player and it's the best individual goal we've seen this year; the sort of goal you see from Lionel Messi or Paolo Di Canio. We've seen some great team goals in the Premier League, but that was the best individual goal so far.

It's too early to judge Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool

The clubs at the bottom would have expected Wigan to lose at Anfield and they'll have been devastated by that result. The newspapers have been asking if Kenny Dalglish is the right man for the job, but I don't agree with those questions. They've won the Carling Cup and they've got another day out at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final with a chance of getting to another final. This is a competitive division with a lot of money being spent - just ask Arsene Wenger who has been waiting seven years for a trophy - but Kenny's got one in the bag in his first full season with a possibility of another.

Some of the players have been disappointing. Jordan Henderson will hold his hand up and say he hasn't performed anywhere near the way he did at Sunderland and Andy Carroll is similar (but he could argue they aren't playing to his strengths). But you can't write those players off just yet. Let's see who Kenny brings in at the end of the season to power Liverpool on next year. He won't be happy to have lost to QPR and Wigan, but let's get things in perspective. They could end up with more trophies than Chelsea this year - and look at how much money they've spent.

It's hard to fathom what Djibril Cisse was thinking against Sunderland

Under the circumstances that QPR are in, the last thing they need is for their new striker to get sent off for a second time. The reaction from the QPR players told the story; normally the players all go around the referee hoping to get him to change his mind (of course, he never does), but not one player came to his defence after his foul on Fraizer Campbell.

Cisse is a very good player and he scores goals for fun, especially in one-on-one situations, but he's doing a lot of damage to QPR. He is missing games and he's making life harder for his team-mates. It's just criminal what he's done.

Wolves need a lift from somewhere

Wolves didn't give themselves a chance against Norwich. They took the lead, but gave it away again almost immediately and the defending was so amateurish. We had Mick McCarthy in the Goals on Sunday studio and he says Terry Connor can do the job. He's a very good coach and has waited a long time for an opportunity, but unfortunately things aren't going right. It's going to be hard for them to survive. They need a boost somewhere along the line.

I don't think Arsenal will drop out of the top four now

I thought Arsene Wenger's time was up at Arsenal because, for someone of his pedigree, he'd gone such a long time without a trophy. We all know how much he hates losing and I wondered if his time was coming to an end. However, he deserves all the credit in the world because the quality of their play was so high against Aston Villa. They had a freshness about them and he no longer looks like a manager who is coming to the end. Maybe next year will be their year?

Everton did their homework very well on Swansea

I was at Swansea v Everton and David Moyes got his tactics spot on. They pushed three up at times to squeeze the back four and they dropped off at other times. Swansea played the same way that had earned them so much good press last week, but they were out-thought by Everton. Brendan Rodgers had been looking forward to the game, but it was another lesson for him to take away. Teams will play like that against them more and more and they need to find a way to combat that next season.

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Abhinav R (Arsenal fan) says...

"Wenger has never done anything with a team that had no inherited players." Er... were you on extended holiday or something during the Invincibles season?

Posted 12:21 28th March 2012

Hd Gdhsks (Liverpool fan) says...

We need Kenny Dalglish! remember Roy Hodgson? 18th I remember. Now Carling Cup victory and maybe an FA cup glory. Lets keep going with King Kenny!

Posted 07:40 28th March 2012

Ted Talk (Arsenal fan) says...

John Smith, you are completely wrong. Except for Bergkamp, the entire Invincible first 11 was built by Wenger. And Liverpool are not even in the Champions league, so any comparison is flawed. Lastly, Wenger is keeping Arsenal in the top 4 with a net transfer spend that is equal to or less than that of your beloved Fulham. If your club had a chance to get in Wenger you would lap it up wet in your own drool

Posted 05:35 28th March 2012

Elizabeth Foley (Arsenal fan) says...

fulham fans slagging arsene wenger now thats funny that is. The greatest manager in arsenals history and i know its 7 yrs since he won a trophy but d line between success and failure is very fine fifteen yrs in a row in d champions league is like winning a trophy nowadays and unfortunately that is d way things are with money in d game and 2 individual mistakes has cost us 2 trophies as well lehman champions league final and koscielny last yr in arsene we trust and fulham fans can only dream 2 b as gud as us

Posted 15:24 27th March 2012

Dru Hardy (Manchester United fan) says...

Its a pitty Wolves are going to be relegated. they have always been my second team. as for kenny, i thnk he will do better next year, but i also think he needs to avoid spending too much, he needs to use the players he has, the players he bought.

Posted 14:12 27th March 2012

James Austin (Stoke City fan) says...

i just want to say how disappointed i was with howard webb on saturday as he seemed quite afraid to punish any of the man city players especially ballotelli who i thought was trying out for the italian olympic diving squad judging by how many times he was up and down even though there was nothing wrong with him and this really needs to be stamped out as it's not setting a good example for the future generations. my other point is that how can webby let 2 man city players recieve treatment on the pitch and then continue play without making them leave the field when only a couple of minutes later matty etherington is fouled and recieves treatment but then he makes him leave the field of play. how can we have so many double standards for every team whenever they play against a so called top team. its wrong and all the refs are guilty of it and they know that its wrong.these refs that dont seem to have the nuts to stand up to the superstars shouldn't be doing the job.

Posted 19:25 26th March 2012

John Devlin (Liverpool fan) says...

Well said on Kenny and Liverpool Kammy! Dalglish is definitely the man to drive Liverpool forward.

Posted 17:27 26th March 2012

Dan J (Arsenal fan) says...

I can't believe I have seen my 1st 'Maybe next year is Arsenal's year' already... Lets not kid ourselves Arsenal haven't been close to winning a trophy this year. The quality of the EPL is the worst I've ever seen which has made for very unpredictable, yet entertaining viewing. I hope you're right Kammy, I really do. but I feel an FA Cup is our best shot of decent silverware... ....I'd still take Champs league qualification over the Carling cup though...

Posted 13:36 26th March 2012

Luis Benjy (Liverpool fan) says...

I think kenny is a great coach all he needs is attention from players,and bring in some more good players.

Posted 12:51 26th March 2012

John Smith (Fulham fan) says...

"Maybe next year will be their year?" Yes well done for noticing they are the London version of Liverpool Wenger has never done anything with a team that had no inherited players.

Posted 11:48 26th March 2012

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