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David James Is Top Actim Keeper

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.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday February 12 2008
Time: 3:09PM

Comments

0
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
12/02/2008 15:54:00
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Not in my opinion, David James was unbelievable at the weekend, should be England no.1
JonLFC
12/02/2008 16:46:00
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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
12/02/2008 16:51:00
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He certainly carried the team on his back this past week, he deserves full credit for the victory.
whitestones
12/02/2008 17:05:00
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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
12/02/2008 17:49:00
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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
12/02/2008 18:50:00
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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
12/02/2008 19:54:00
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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
12/02/2008 20:01:00
0
Englands number one without doubt. Where would we be without him?
Owenspompey
12/02/2008 20:38:00
0
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
12/02/2008 20:47:00
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