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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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
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10/12/2007 16:13:00

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
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10/12/2007 16:16:00

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
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10/12/2007 16:17:00

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
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10/12/2007 18:54:00

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
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10/12/2007 19:29:00

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
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10/12/2007 20:14:00

we have a pretty decent team from long range.
jbaker
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10/12/2007 20:27:00

and cheers rug for the link!
jbaker
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10/12/2007 21:01:00

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
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10/12/2007 22:03:00

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
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10/12/2007 23:13:00

not a problem jbaker - thanks for writting the article... as you say pompeyfrance i think that muntari is as good as essien, despite those two belters he isnt equal with him yet... if he can nail his distribution and cut out the sloppy passes and needless time he give it away he will be one of the very, very best.
pompeyrug
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10/12/2007 23:16:00

Muntari will be a world class player in a couple of seasons and will play for one of Europe's top clubs yet he doesn't need to leave Portsmouth. ;)
stillthewhizz
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11/12/2007 01:06:00

Stillthewhizz with comments like that you are Stillthewizz....nice one and when we are there I will remind you of your words of wisedom
Chix
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11/12/2007 02:16:00

Quality goals from Muntari two of the best goals I have seen scored against Villa in the last decade.
col8
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11/12/2007 07:27:00

thats the spirit stillthewhizz - i like to hear thins like that mate... cheers col8, that is quite a compliement to pay, villa park was probably the best stadium that i have seen in the past decade - not that i am saying it is my favourite mind :-)
pompeyrug
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11/12/2007 08:17:00

I'm sure I saw some Youtube blasters when we signed him so had every faith.....in fact I reminded someone of said videos when Muntari popped a harmless shot over the bar (or was it wide) early in the game.....
Tantona
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11/12/2007 09:24:00

Excellent goals from Muntari - very impressive, I must say.
prits
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11/12/2007 12:28:00

I screamed the house down when both flew in, welcome to the Matty, Pedro & Noe club.
storagematt
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12/12/2007 16:48:00

Frank Carson.
storagematt
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13/12/2007 13:35:00

 

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