Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 10 November 2009

What did David N'Gog do wrong?

David N'Gog has been on the receiving end of a lot of stick today, for his dive in last night's 2-2 draw with Birmingham that earned Liverpool a 2nd half penalty from which Steven Gerrard scored their equaliser.

But what did he do wrong?

Well ok, he dived, he cheated, he conned the referee. And whilst I don't agree with it, I've come to accept that it's part and parcel of football today. We see Didier Drogba do it every game. Steven Gerrard, Robin van Persie and Nani are all prone to the occasional exaggerated fall in most matches too (yes I'm picking on the big 4). And has everyone forgotten about Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robert Pires who perfected the dive for us in the Premier League not so long ago?

What David N'Gog did against Birmingham yesterday was nothing different than what we're use to seeing week-in, week-out in the Premier League and all of the major European football leagues. It was just his act could have been better. But he's young, inexperienced, he'll master the Steven Gerrard dive in a few years I'm sure. David N'Gog put in a decent performance on Monday night, with a well-taken goal to open the scoring as he looks to finally become a good signing for Rafael Benitez and Liverpool.

I believe it's only been blown out of proportion today because of Liverpool's poor form and the want to criticise everything that's going wrong for them recently. For Rafael Benitez, it's kept him out of the headlines for 24 hours at least. Liverpool however remain 11 points behind leaders Chelsea now, and 3 short of the final Champions League place. The season is still young, and while I have written them off of a Premier League title already, although I have my doubts about them finishing in the top 4, there's still a good chance of them doing it.

With an international break this weekend, don't forget to come back in over a week's time for our regular free Premier League Tips. Good luck to all the remaining counties aiming to qualify for next year's World Cup over the coming week.

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At 10 November 2009 at 18:23 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ngog is a cheat n shouldnt be in the premier league. hes not good enuff anyway


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