Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Can Cole Confound The Critics?
I regularly collect flack for being negative but I was one of the first to acknowledge the progress made by Carlton Goals. Whilst the majority continued to deride his ability, I was pointing to the quality he brought to the team - even before his rush of goals. Sadly, however, despite forcing his way into the England squad and finishing as our top scorer last season, Cole still has his critics amongst our fans and seems to be tolerated rather than adored.
So when commenting on the goals against Beijing, Grumpy posts on the Mordant org, "Beautiful finish by Hines on that one on one. Hope Carlton Cole took note on how it is done." What the poison dwarf fails to notice, however, is that Carlton was square of Hines as the youngster tucked away the chance - and had the keeper saved the shot, Hines would have been rightfully lambasted for not drawing the keeper and slipping a pass sideways. Typically, a cheap shot at Carlton was chosen instead of noting how Cole had offered the option and no doubt contributed to the keeper's indecision. There was also no acknowledgment of Cole's unusual contribution to Gabbidon's goal. For the corner, Cole was positioned on the goal line but as the header hit the back of the net, Cole was on the edge of the six yard box. I have no idea what confusion exactly this caused in the Beijing defence but I am sure his presence unsettled the entire defence.
However, the critics will point to the fact that Cole has not yet netted himself. Sadly, I doubt he will ever be a great goalscorer but that is not his chief strength - like many target men, Cole creates more chances than he scores himself - and it is not his fault that Zola has not signed somebody to feed off him. My worry is that, should we struggle to score, Cole will be held responsible and the fans will start sniping at him again. That, in my opinion, would be very unfair.
Posted by Hammersfan at 01:13