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In praise of Carlos Tevez

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If fortune has hidden all too often for West Ham this season, one player who has never flinched from the task of trying to keep the club in the Premiership is Carlos Tevez.

The Argentine has not had an easy time of it since he was parachuted into the club with Javier Mascherano in August.

West Ham's signing of Tevez and Mascherano is now the subject of a Premier League charge and could yet see the club deducted points - if found guilty.

Mascherano barely played for West Ham before he moved to Liverpool and it took until March for Tevez to score his first goal for the club.

Yet amid all those problems Tevez has been one of West Ham's few effective performers this season.

Watching Tevez in television clips from South America and in the 2006 World Cup it was clear that here was a player of audacious skill.

What never really came across was Tevez's spirit.

Who would have thought it - the flamboyant, diminutive, bad-boy of Argentine football leading by example as the rest of his colleagues floundered with West Ham sinking ever deeper into the relegation mire.

When overseas players started to arrive in England's top flight managers all too often posed the question: but can they do it on a rainy night in Blackburn?

Tevez can and did. With 19 minutes remaining on Saturday at Ewood Park, West Ham were losing 1-0 and were all but relegated.

Prior to going behind Tevez had been West Ham's best player by some margin and as the second half progressed he showed no sign of losing that tag.

Great ball control, aggression, imaginative runs, Tevez delivered a masterclass in the art of forward play.

His trickery won West Ham's penalty as Tevez was upended by Brett Emerton and the Argentine's penalty technique was nothing short of exemplary as he equalised.

Tevez even had a hand - shades of Maradona in 1986 here - in West Ham's controversial winner.

After scoring that controversial goal against England the then Argentina captain described it as "un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios", which translates as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".

On Saturday Tevez proved he was capable of thinking on his feet.

When the ball hit him on the line in an offside position, rather than look across to the assistant referee in a guilty fashion, he put his arm up and began to celebrate wildly. Who knows, perhaps that subconsciously affected the linesman?

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comment by OM (U6135102)

posted Mar 19, 2007

A truly first class player in a second class team.

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posted Mar 19, 2007

Kinda off the subject but how many of you Chelsea 'fans' were supporting them ten years ago?

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posted Mar 19, 2007

ridiculous comment, it was not a dive , whether, emerton meant to catch his back leg is irelevant, bcoz, he did, secoundly whilst acknowleging it wasnt a goal, we r still a long way frm luck being evened out considering the equally appaling decision to allow newcastles first goal against us and the fact that the spurs winner was in the 96 th min when only 4 extra were supposed to be added, btw , blackburn support... an oxymoron perhaps

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posted Mar 19, 2007

i find it funny considering the amount of bad luck that westahm have had over the last 3 months that noone points out that , at 1-1, we had just had 5 corners in the 10mins proceeding the non goal and u cleared the ball frm the line frm bowyers flick, it all evens out in the end, so westhm fans should look forward to a large amount of luck in the last 8 games, if the 1st 29 r anything 2 go by

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posted Mar 19, 2007

finally some luck for all you hammers tevez is just starting to show what he can do

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posted Mar 19, 2007

Whilst I will agree to a certain amount with the praise for Tevez, for he did work rather hard for the duration, there is something more sinister creeping into the game nowadays more that previously. Cheating.
Is it not a sad day when a manager condones cheating and cheating of the worst sort. We have seen a plethera of so called football stars diving all over the place this season, more than ever before, and rightly getting booked for their endevours. Whilst Tevez's penalty was a 50 50 affair, the goal was not a goal by any stretch of the imagination. So who suggested that all the West Ham players start celebrating for a goal when clearly the ball did not cross the line. All the opposition players knew it had not crossed the line and told the referee so, in no uncertain terms, to no avail. So what does one make of it. Cheating, no other word for it. Apart from everything else WH have been called this season so far, we can now add cheats to the list. What makes it worse are the comments of the manager in the papers/TV etc, which condones the cheating. Sportsmanship, something we have been well known for appears to have disappeared from our once excellent sport, or maybe its just a leaf out of Maradonna's instruction book, I hope not for it will be a sad day when teams have to cheat to get on in their divisions.

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posted Mar 19, 2007

I seems that the West Ham players this season were way too complacent and cocky. They did excellent last season and must have thought 'easy, this aint so hard!'

Tevez came in and to be honest, looked rubbish in the first half of the season. But as the time has passed and WH look doomed for the Championship, he seems like the only one who cares for the club!

Also, very wrong to sack Pardew. I hope Charlton get out the Relegation zone now to prove what a mistake WH made.

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posted Mar 19, 2007

I refuse to allow anyone to keep rambling on about this goal business. Everyone knows it was never a goal, and heaven knows that the linesman will probably wait forever before he gets a Prem game again, but it's a result. Not the result that Blackburn wanted, but the result that West Ham wanted. The Referee reserves the right to over-rule the linesman if he sees fit. But he didn't. West Ham won - deal with it!

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posted Mar 19, 2007

Pardew had to go. He'd "lost" the dressing room. None of the players had any respect whatsoever for him. Pardew's key ability is to make the players believe that they're actually better than they really are. Look at what he's done at Charlton - are they really a better squad than the one currently assembled at Upton Park? No, clearly not. If they escape relegation, then Charlton will fair no better next season than this, because they'll suffer some defeats, lose confidence and pale into insignificance once again.

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posted Mar 19, 2007

Pardew had to go. He'd "lost" the dressing room. None of the players had any respect whatsoever for him

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A big problem in modern football: players breaking coaches they don't like. Players know they can't be sacked mid-season so they just hang on until the manager goes. It's happened at RMadrid for the last 5 years - 7 trainers, but the real culprits, underperforming players - get to stay.

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