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David James Is Top Actim Keeper

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James confirmed his status as England's number one by being named in the team of the week and he is now the top-ranked keeper in the Actim Index, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League.

After playing the full 90 minutes of Fabio Capello's first game in charge on Wednesday evening, a 2-1 victory over Switzerland, the 37-year-old starred for Harry Redknapp's side in Saturday's 1-0 victory at Bolton adding seven saves bringing his total to 151 for the season - second only to Reading`s Marcus Hahnemann who has 174.

The performance, which included a point-blank stop from Tamir Cohen that is already being labelled as one of the saves of the season, helped earn him 21 points, one of the top 15 individual match scores for a goalkeeper this term.

James' return enabled him to climb three places to 25th in the overall standings and he is joined in the team of the week by Pompey new arrival Lassana Diarra, who picked up 38 points.

Analysis of all Premiership games is taking place throughout the season and the players in the Actim Index Team of the Week are:

Name/Team/Position/Index Score

David James, Portsmouth, Goal Keeper, 21

Younes Kaboul, Tottenham Hotspur, Defender, 36

Jonny Evans, Sunderland, Defender, 32

Philippe Senderos, Arsenal, Defender, 31

Wilfred Bouma, Aston Villa, Defender, 31

Lassana Diarra, Portsmouth, Midfielder, 38

Phil Jagielka, Everton, Midfielder, 36

Dickson Etuhu, Sunderland, Midfielder, 31

Dean Whitehead, Sunderland, Midfielder, 29

Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal, Striker, 65

John Carew, Aston Villa, Striker, 45

The Actim Index is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player`s contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, assists, clean sheets, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.




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Date:Tuesday February 12 2008

Time: 3:09PM

Your Comments

But obviously not good enough to get into Garth Crooks 'Team of the week'. The heroics of the Sunderland keeper were 'better' than Jamo's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
storagematt
Not in my opinion, David James was unbelievable at the weekend, should be England no.1
JonLFC
He was amazing wasn't he - I think he will be England no. 1 for a long time to come. We are so lucky to have him at Pompey! (I can even forgive him the beard :-) )
tracyc
He certainly carried the team on his back this past week, he deserves full credit for the victory.
whitestones
Magical performance this past weekend, but he still did a "Jimmy"" in the last few minutes of the Swizerland game. Left his line with no chance of reaching a high ball. This is one of his biggest failings, but some would argue its better than being stuck on your line.
007
would rather him than any other goalkeeper in the league! he finished first in the actim index last year, and i think he will again! Diara was the second best player of the week too (althoughadebyor just about nicked it with a score of...almost double his...)
pompeycarpet
so mr garth crooks, do we still think that gordon was 'the best keeper last weekend?' - i thought not... the stats dont lie do they!
pompeyrug
sometimes you just have to give the little clubs recognition though dont you... if i was in sunderlands position, i would be feeling very proud that our goalkeeper made the team of the week for a pundit... its a nice touch, and everyone KNOWS jamo was the best, so whats the point in going on about it?
pompeycarpet
Englands number one without doubt. Where would we be without him?
Owenspompey
I have to say that I was originally happy when he was missed out of the England squad as I thought it would only mess with his focus and then lead to a drop in confidence and form. But I'm glad to have been proved wrong!
NorthStandDan
NorthStandDan. You echo my thoughts.
frattonaussie
I'm not surprised Hahnemann is ahead, given the number of shots he has to contend with.
UKTony
When I was a kid I promised myself that I'd drive my car over a cliff rather than reach the age of 40. Now, 50 seems the new 40, or even 55 such has been the general improvement in diet and conditioning [fat kids fed on a diet of Big Macs excluded]. Setting other peoples’ age prejudice aside, I see no reason why Jamo can't play at this level well into his mid 40's... he just needs to be given the chance. If it comes to it Jamo, why not buy Bournemouth and pick yourself…
ChrisW
true, while jamo has the hunger there is no reason why he cannot keep going and going... i watched motd from saturday last night and altho gordon made a couple of saves - sorry to go back to it carps - tbh i cannot see why crooks selected him ahead of jamo, that must have been the game he watched i guess?
pompeyrug
the game against bolton proves why he should be england 1
kaybee
 

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