Monday, 5 July 2010
How Do You Compare A Keeper Error With A Striker Error?
My post asking if Rob Green's error cost us a place in the semi-final of the World Cup has brought the usual highly predictable response. There are those who do not seem to understand that you can post pretty much what you want on the web - 'How can you even be allowed to post this rubbish?' type responses. Then there's the, "What about all the others' errors?" brigade, and it is that response I would like to address here.
Of course Green was not alone in making a serious error in the tournament. Rooney was clean through and his weak shot was deflected on to the post. Gerrard failed to hold his position and chose to shoot repeatedly against Germany when a pass was required. Terry and Upson were out of position time and again against Germany. Barry missed a tackle and lost possession for Germany's two second half goals. James should have done better with Germany's third goal. Lampard underperformed in the group stages. And so it goes on.
So, can you compare errors? Can you say, "We failed to win the group because of that error" as I attempted to do yesterday? Well, let's think about this.
As bad as we played, did anybody in the team really make a mistake as appalling as Green's? Spilling that shot compares with Cole's pass to Defoe in our home game against Spurs. Spilling that shot is, in striker's terms, the equivalent of having an open goal in front of you, five yards out, and spooning the ball over the bar. Spilling that shot was more inexcusable than Mido's penalty miss, more inexcusable than Spector's very worst errors last season, more inexcusable than Tomkins' rick against Wolves, it was more inexcusable even than Green's dreadful error at Bolton.
The point is, Green's error wasn't just an error, it was an absolute dereliction of duty. Doctors make mistakes, but Green's error would be the equivalent of a surgeon decapitating a patient instead of taking out his appendix. Golfers make mistakes but the equivalent would be facing in the opposite direction of the hole when taking a shot. Married men make mistakes, but the equivalent would be having sex with the next door neighbour's daughter in the church during her Christening!
Yes others made mistakes, but none of them will make it onto "The Worst Mistakes Ever In The History Of The World Cup Finals" Christmas Special, except, of course, the failure to award Lampard's "goal" against the Germans. Green, however, will figure in the top 5 countdown!
I might have missed the Rooney chance. I certainly wouldn't be able to live with Klose. The Algerians would be able to play triangles around me. But I would have saved that Dempsey shot. In fact my wife would have saved it. Dear God, my Mum might have parried it around the post. For pity's sake, David Blunkett couldn't have done a worse job than Green if he was between the sticks! THAT is how bad that error was! THAT is what sets it apart from every other mistake! And THAT is why Green's error is directly responsible for us not qualifying as group winners! Because, all other things being equal, we would still have topped the group had Green made the most basic of saves, a save that ANY keeper would be expected to make 999 times out of 1000, a shot that even you and me would expect to save 998 times out of 1000 in a kick around in the park! The other errors do not compare!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:05