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Who said Muntari could not shoot!

Who said Muntari could not shoot!

I am man enough to admit when I am wrong - even though I had seen what he could do - but since arriving I had not really rated Sulley Muntari's shooting... until the weekend when he proved not only me and many others, but also his team mates - Sylvain Distin in particular - wrong when he scored 'just your two' belters against Villa...

Muntari admitted to The News that Distin - among others - gives him a hard time over his shooting: 'when we train I try to shoot as often as possible.

'Sylvain Distin keeps teasing me saying I shoot from every angle and I don't pass.

'But I scored two this time and it was important.

'When I train they often go high but this time they went lower and into the net so I'm happy'.

In fairness Sulley it has not just been in training that they have 'often' gone high :-)

On the way up to Villa Park on Saturday I told my friend Fry, who was acting as chuffer that Muntari's shooting was awful and if he hit the target 1 out of 10 times he would be lucky, he sure showed me didn't he as he not only hit the target twice from his two efforts he scored with both!

I have always rated the fella but his finishing has been from the Nigel 'the relegator' Quashie school of finishing most times this season... all too often he appeared happy to leather the ball as hard as he could and hope, but on Saturday he appeared far more composed with his shooting didn't he and scored the two crackers.

Hopefully from now on we can see this kind of finishing more often from Muntari and the 'Quashie' technique has been abandoned.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday December 10 2007
Time: 4:00PM

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great goals, muntari had a few good attempts against fulham and liverpool in the asia trophy so iv personally expected him to come good one day. but two in one game is phenomonal. and lets not forget that he had a cracker against everton that almost went in. now for papa to come good with his shooting...
jbaker
10/12/2007 16:13:00
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not sure if you saw the article that you wrote on sean davis on the site mate? its now slipped off the top articles - so if not here is it here...
pompeyrug
10/12/2007 16:16:00
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as i say ive been impressed with muntari, just not his shooting... until the weekend! ive known what muntari can do it but it just was not happening on the whole was it, lets hope that this will see an end to the 'wild' shooting and we can see the kinds of strikes we saw against villa more often than not from now on.
pompeyrug
10/12/2007 16:17:00
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You're right jbaker papa smurf needs to get his shooting head on. he scored enough for Foolham didn't he, i reckon if you put it on the line for him Saturday he'd have missed...;-)
pentonpompey
10/12/2007 18:54:00
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Rug keep saying they can't shoot please!! and yes Papa has certainly hit some great strikes for Fulham - like the late one against Manure!! but they won't go in all the time, just as long as one is scoring that's all we need.
eastneydave
10/12/2007 19:29:00
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Is he as good as his compatriot Essien? I would say tackling yes. Power and energy as good as. Distribution No ,but now shooting perhaps yes. Tony Adams said after the Villa game he talked to him about giving the ball away too often at half time but what could he say after the second. I tell you when he has mastered that one flaw in his game there wont be a better midfield player anywhere. Gerard etc watch out.
pompeyfrance
10/12/2007 20:14:00
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we have a pretty decent team from long range.
jbaker
10/12/2007 20:27:00
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and cheers rug for the link!
jbaker
10/12/2007 21:01:00
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penton - we DID put it on the line for him on saterday...:-). And yes, we must have one of the best sides for long range shooting out there - muntari, taytlor, mendes, diop, krancar, pamerot...the list goes on. Muntari will one day be one of the best players in the world - unless he gets complacent. He was described as having the touch of kaka, and the physicality of someone else, and when he is on form, he really is a master... that said, he does give the ball away far too much at the moment...
pompeycarpet
10/12/2007 22:03:00
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it was such a shame that papa smurf couldnt finish that fantastic move with a goal, it would have been some goal wouldnt it - a goal of arsenal proportions! i dont think papa can score from close range, he's another long range specialist isnt he...
pompeyrug
10/12/2007 23:13:00
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