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The tables do not lie - do they?

The tables do not lie - do they?

They say 'the table does not lie', and that is true as Pompey are currently 6th because we deserve to be there - but the same applies to several Pompey stars who are flying high in the Actim Index.

Statistically Pompey have 4 of the best players in the country, in all the key areas.

David James - are you watching Spineless Steve - tops the keeping charts, in 24th place overall too...

Glen Johnson sits in 3rd in the defenders charts, 12th overall...

John Utaka is in 5th for the midfielders, 11th overall...

Benjani sits top of the strikers pile and 2nd in the overall race behind Cesc Fabregas...

You could argue that just because statistically they are among the best, if not the best it might not necessarily put them among the best, however trying to view this in an impartial manor - as I do try - if you are consistently ticking all the right boxes in the areas they analyse then you are doing something right, so you are among the best right?

It also shows that not everything good about the game goes noticed, as in recent weeks I had personally felt that Utaka had been overall pretty poor to be honest, but to have remained in the top 5 for the midfielders and just outside of the overall top 10 he must still be doing plenty of good - unless his flying start really worked in his favour...

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:Friday November 16 2007
Time: 2:51PM


David James topping the goalie charts... wow.
16/11/2007 15:17:00
jamo tops the keeping charts - as he pretty much has for the past 18 months - because he is the best around...
16/11/2007 15:39:00
Mark Twain said there are Lies, Damn lies and statistics, He didn't however allow for David James who is above all that and Simply the Best!!
16/11/2007 19:05:00
Aren't 97% od statistics made up !! James doesn't surprise me, nearer does Benji, Johnson I struggle with a bit but Utaka !! - DOn't get me wrong I like the bloke but I too, Like rug have not been that impressed with his 'total' contribution for the past couple of game.. but if he's classified as a midfielder (is he really) then scoring the odd goal or too is going to do his stats no end of good - Whether the stats are right or wrong it's great to see Pompey players near the top of a chart for their profession - Keep it going fellas ... Krunchie should be there or thereabouts next month too I suspect.. And what about Distin !
16/11/2007 20:13:00
Johno 3rd? You got a bargain there!
16/11/2007 20:38:00
He's here, he's there, he's every fckin where, merlin.
16/11/2007 21:25:00
yep if distin and krunchie arent in the recoking shortly i will be very surprised... johnson has been fantastic since he came back, i wasnt a fan tbh but i have well and truely been converted - if he doesnt get back into the england squad shortly it will be criminal, the gulf between chelski and pompey in as much as what we think is a quality player must be something if he was deemed suprlus to requirement...
16/11/2007 23:40:00
Storage.. I've come to the conclusion that Merlin doesn't have a job.. He pops up every so often to make a comment and is never there to reply to resonses on what he says - He just pops in and pops out again on this and everyother vital site i'm sure.. Merlin if you leave a coomment at least come back and comment on it sfter we've all had our say...
16/11/2007 23:58:00
On johnson... I've love to see him add to his England caps while at Pompey
17/11/2007 00:01:00
i certainly think that he will Chix, if he doesnt then we are either much better off for right back than i thought or johnson is not as good as he is looking... not sure he will be a regular started, but should be a regular in the squad at least...
17/11/2007 00:04:00
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