(fat) heads, knees and Hibbos
By Les Roberts
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2009
Welcome to the midweek round up from the Everton-mad match centre...
In match preview news, David Moyes has defended Tim Cahill after his 'gamesmanship' was criticised by Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce.
Ewood Park's fat-headed fuhrer attacked Cahill's style of play, accusing Everton's attacking-defensive-midfielder-cum-striker of often playing the man before the ball.
Allardyce said: "Cahill's best asset is that he has a tremendous leap form a standing start but he also uses his body to great effect and referees don't spot it".
He added: "It's certainly difficult to spot from the referee's point of view...If Keith Hackett [head of referees] has not picked it up and passed it on , it is not my position to do it."
But you thought you'd mention it anyway you Princes-ham-faced prick?!
And speaking of ham faced pricks, did anyone hear Rafael Benitez's weird post match interview last night?
When asked why he played Javier Mascherano at right back last night he answered simply, on several occasions, that Mascherano had to play.
What's that meant to mean? Don't fans, even that lot, deserve an answer to a simple and pertinent question?
More to the point, is Jamie Carragher still tired?
They're all cracking up that lot!
Anyway, back to Allardyce and his mind games, and we had this same situation with Andy Johnson when Neil Warnock and Arsene Wenger complained about his willingness to go down under the merest challenge and that massively affected his game and Everton never got a penalty in about forty-odd consecutive games!
These personal attacks on players and their reputations are simply not on and the FA should move to do something about it.
In other news that would constitute some sort of Blackburn preview, Tony Hibbert will miss tonight's game with the thigh strain that forced him into in early exit from the win against West Brom at the weekend.
It's thought that the Blues' right back could be out for up to a month and there's wild speculation abound that Lars Jacobsen might even get a game!
And in non-Blackburn related news, Mikel Arteta has undergone knee surgery in Barcelona and the porcedure has gone as well as it possible could have.
The surgeon, who has remained nameless presumably because he isn't Dr Richard Steadman, is extremely pleased with the operation and Arteta is to begin his rehabilitation immediately with a view to making it back into first team contention within six months.
That's all from the Everton-mad midweek newsdask, I'm Ron Burgundy, stay classy St Domingo...
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