Date: 16th November 2007 at 2:52pm
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They say ‘the table does not lie’, and that is true as Pompey are currently 6th because we deserve to be there – but the same applies to several Pompey stars who are flying high in the Actim Index.

Statistically Pompey have 4 of the best players in the country, in all the key areas.

David James – are you watching Spineless Steve – tops the keeping charts, in 24th place overall too…

Glen Johnson sits in 3rd in the defenders charts, 12th overall…

John Utaka is in 5th for the midfielders, 11th overall…

Benjani sits top of the strikers pile and 2nd in the overall race behind Cesc Fabregas

You could argue that just because statistically they are among the best, if not the best it might not necessarily put them among the best, however trying to view this in an impartial manor – as I do try – if you are consistently ticking all the right boxes in the areas they analyse then you are doing something right, so you are among the best right?

It also shows that not everything good about the game goes noticed, as in recent weeks I had personally felt that Utaka had been overall pretty poor to be honest, but to have remained in the top 5 for the midfielders and just outside of the overall top 10 he must still be doing plenty of good – unless his flying start really worked in his favour…

The Actim Index is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player’s contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, assists, clean sheets, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.

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