I have seen some stupid comments on the net over the years, but the idiots on the Org critcising Tomkins' performance today take the absolute biscuit! How can anybody rate the lad's performance as anything other than impressive?
Somehow, Tomkins is being blamed for the goal! Well it was Ben Haim who played Gyan onside and Upson and Gabbidon who were absent without leave as the Sunderland man ran into acres of space down our left. Tomkins did his best in the circumstances, coming across to close Gyan as best he could, trusting that Ben Haim, Gabbidon, Upson and our midfield would deal with any resultant cross. What was the lad supposed to do, allow Gyan a free run on goal? Look at Upson's position when Henderson hit the ball home, he was still retreating into the box and was a good ten yards behind the play. I am not sure where Gabbidon was, nor where Spector or Parker were, but nobody from midfield tracked Henderson's run.
The goal apart, and Tomkins was not to blame in any way, JT performed superbly. In fact he was so good that Darren Bent was withdrawn, not having had a squeak all match. Time and again it was Tomkins who cleared crosses into our box and, the goal apart, Sunderland only had two chances in the whole match, one of which resulted from Green spilling the ball. And who saved us then? Tomkins with a brilliant block.
It is clear to me that some idiots form a fixed opinion and will not shift from it. Zola was enshrined as a hero by some and, from that point forward, could do no wrong - even though he presided over the dismantling of a team that had finished mid table and turned us into relegation fodder. Parker is blameless, no matter how he plays (and his booking today was crassly stupid!). Cole is a lazy useless tosser for many and they refuse to see any redeeming qualities in a guy selected for England and valued at £10m by Hodgson, who is a pretty shrewd judge most of the time. Green is either England's number one or bloody hopeless. Boa is a waste of space EVERY game. Upson is useless EVERY game. Noble either bleeds Claret and Blue or should be playing football in the Blue Square Premiership. And so it goes on.
I do wish people would watch and judge on performance rather than reputation. Since his return to the side, Tomkins has been superb. That's not to say that he is perfect. He will make mistakes, every player does, and sooner or later that mistake will be costly, but the vendetta that some are conducting is hideous to witness. He was not at fault for the goal today and he definitely prevented a second with his block.
I am not Green's biggest fan but, when he plays well, I acknowledge it and give him credit. I am no big fan of Upson as a captain, but today I saw him talking to Atkinson and calming Cole down, probably saving Carlton from a second yellow. The jury is still out on Obinna as far as I'm concerned. One game he looks brilliant, the next close to hopeless. I didn't rate Noble for most of last season but I have been hugely impressed this - and we definitely missed him today. I used to be a huge fan of Ilunga but I recognise that the man has turned from Herita to Rita since his injury. And Cole has lost his mojo too but I'm sure it's not through lack of desire and effort as many claim.
Let's get our heads out of our backsides and actually watch the games eh guys? I know we will still see a lot of crap most of the time regardless but let's at least give credit where credit is deserved, even after another depressing team performance and result.