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The Guardian’s 2011-12 End of Season Poll

May 14, 2012

The Guardian’s Premier League End of Season poll has landed and in my self-absorption, I’ve decided to reveal what got my vote and occasionally there’s a little spiel as to what led me to make such decisions.

MATCH OF THE SEASON

SWANSEA 3-2 ARSENAL

You can keep your thrashings and your massive scorelines. This game was an exquisite affair between two teams that stick squarely to principled imperfection through the form of if you’re not close to the box then pass, pass and pass again.

Special mention

CHELSEA 3-5 ARSENAL

An attacker’s wet dream. It turned out to be Robin Van Persie’s. Chelsea didn’t say no.

GRIPE OF THE SEASON

GOAL MUSIC

This is the gripe of every season and it’s sadly not exclusive to the Premier League. Detestable prompting of celebration, those who need such a prompt really shouldn’t be at a football match. Ever.

Special mention

CRITICISM OF BLACKBURN ROVERS SUPPORTERS

“Get behind your club, back the team”….. sorry, Blackburn fans shouldn’t bend over and allow themselves to be crammed full of chicken. As for Steve Kean, his delusion knows no bounds. Seriously, I’m worried about the guy’s mental health.

LEAGUE OF THE SEASON

LIGUE 1

Really tough to call and as so many will vote Premier League regardless of what actually happens in a given season, i’ll use a tad of deduction.
Let’s see.
Constant twists and turns at both ends of the table? Check.
Title going to final day? Check.
Relegation not resolved? Check.
Difference between those other leagues who tick those boxes? The title looks likely to be won by Montpellier. That’s right Montpellier ahead of Paris SG. 8 teams are still involved in the relegation fight going into the final day. Yes, Eight.

Special mention

LEAGUE 2
My bias prevents me from not mentioning it.

PUNDIT OF THE SEASON

DAVIE PROVAN

Gary Neville takes most of the decent analysis headlines but Provan has for me been a refreshing voice behind the mic. Neville’s studio work is very good but hasn’t really convinced me in the immediacy of the match analyst role. Provan has excelled in this.

Special mention

CRAIG BURLEY

I just had to.

PLAYER OF THE SEASON

VINCENT KOMPANY
A symbol of consistency and resilience who is delivering on the promise he showed back in his Anderlecht days.

Special mention

ROBIN VAN PERSIE

Imagine Arsenal without him this season.

MANAGER OF THE SEASON

ALAN PARDEW

Let’s be honest, how many people thought that when he took charge of Newcastle that he’d lead them to genuine Champions League place contention. It’ll be interesting how he fares with the undoubted bloating of expectation next season.

Special mention

PAUL LAMBERT

SIGNING OF THE SEASON

YOHAN CABAYE

When signed in the summer, I told anyone that listened that this would turn to be a shrewd bit of business. He’s been instrumental in Newcastle’s impressive season. The other choices have impressed in half-seasons and in bursts. Cabaye has been good all season.

Special mention

MICHEL VORM

INNOVATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

CHANGE OF THE PENALTY LAW

The only one I completely agree with.

FLOP OF THE SEASON

ROGER JOHNSON
I knew Stewart Downing was going to be abysmal from the start.

GOAL OF THE SEASON

PAPISS CISSE AT CHELSEA (THE SECOND ONE)

Should you think the same (unlikely) or think differently (very likely), click on the below link to cast your vote.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/poll/2012/may/14/premier-league-2011-12-vote

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