Sunday, June 21, 2009

Boredom biggest problem for Webb

Howard Webb followed up his Brazil v Egypt thriller at the Confederations Cup here in South Africa with a real comedown - Iraq vs New Zealand. Played in a half full stadium at Ellis Park, the dull 0-0 draw presented Webb with very few real challenges, apart from constantly having to charge up and down the field at full speed following the ball when it was haplessly pumped up the pitch.

But Webb's presence shone through. He has a commanding character on the pitch and his confidence shines through. Players appear to naturally listen to him and he has very few problems with dissent. It's not yet known if he'll play any further part in the semis or the final of the tournament but he deserves it.

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