Gilesy feels heat, Tel fluent, Pleat confused, Champion spot on.


HOT UNDER THE COLLAR
With Fergie and Allardyce lecturing Benitez on humility, Gilesy wondered if the conditions in Big Sam’s glasshouse were suitable for stone-throwing:

“Sam Allardyce himself could get a few lessons in humidity.”

POETRY IN MOTION
All these foreign gaffers in the English game make it difficult for TV to source expert pundits with the native eloquence needed for the job. Luckily for Setanta, El Tel has time on his hands:

“Chelsea were just strength, playing, strength, playing, wearing em down. Arsenal, instead of rising again, was getting smaller.”

SCORING POSITION
No doubt Jim Beglin had his eyes firmly on the game, but he did appear momentarily distracted during Chelsea-Liverpool:

“Wow, how these two legs have opened up.”

LOOK AGAIN
First impressions can be deceiving for David Pleat:

“It looked a little bit worse than it appeared.”

HARSH BUT FAIR
Having watched Mikael trundle in Drogba’s wake for Chelsea’s winner, Arsenal fans might suggest Jon Champion got it right the first time:

“There are two players laid out here – three if you count Silvestre.”

TOUGH SWEEPER
Steve Claridge doesn’t like to generalise but he can’t resist a spot of random violence:

“You can’t beat everyone up all the time with the same brush.”

EASILY OFFENDED
At least Steve can copy his anger management class homework from Kevin Blackwell:

“If you said to me back in June when we returned for pre-season training that with three games to go we’d be in with a chance of automatic promotion, I’d have broken both your legs and your arms.”

MILKY BAR KID
Did Jimmy Magee think Belhadj bottled his long-range shot?

“It skims the milk off the bar.”

RUMBLED
Gilesy has, at last, cottoned on to Jimmy’s ways:

“Bill Shankly said a team is like a grand piano. It takes eight men to carry it and three men to play it.”
“I think Jimmy makes those up himself.”

A NEW ONE
When Andres Iniesta eventually passes away, it seems unlikely the family will be calling on Lou Macari for the tombstone inscription:

“A workhorse.”

PUNDITRY 101

Getting to the bottom of Villa’s defensive woes with Pat Dolan:

“Zat Knight is not there today so you can’t blame him.”

TACTICAL ERROR

Setanta’s Dan Roan let Arsene Wenger know exactly where he went wrong on Saturday:

“When you went a goal up, did you expect them to go ahead and win?”

BRAIN POWER

If Robert Lee thinks long enough about it, he’ll be a cert for the London Olympics:

“Some people say he (Michael Owen) has lost some pace, but pace is all in the head at the end of the day.”

QUICK ONE-TWOS

Efan Ekoku reckons Stevie would prefer some me time:
“If Gerrard is really feeling his groin, he won’t want to take any part in the game.”

Craig Burley finds a silver lining in Arsenal’s defensive injuries:
“He’s got no option really but it means he’s got options.”

Phil Neville tries to do decisive:
“I’ve never been so certain about anything in my life. I want to be a coach. Or a manager, I’m not sure which.”

Five Live’s Stuart Hall has still got the magic touch:
“Zaki’s still away with the pharaohs.”

Harry Redknapp has some innovative ideas for the club’s transfer policy:
“I would not let anyone go that we would keep.”

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