Last on MOTD: That was quick

I HAD a feeling before I set off for Pride Park today that Derby v Wigan would be last on Match of the Day. And after a pretty ordinary match, that feeling became fact. Here’s another fact: it was the shortest edit of any Premier League game on MOTD this season. I wasn’t surprised by that either.

Tonight’s final match: Derby 0 Wigan 1. Commentator: Ian Gwyn Hughes.

BBC viewers saw three minutes and 39 seconds of action from Pride Park at the tail end of MOTD tonight. (If you’re wondering, or even bothered, I don’t include the commentator’s pre-match team news or the post-match interviews in that timing.)

I was at this match: if you want to read more about the game, go to this entry. Having gone through my notes, I can confirm that, despite editing down 90 minutes of action to less than four, the MOTD editors managed to get in every significant incident. That should give you an idea of the quality of the game.

At a push, the highlights of this game probably could have been eked out to about six minutes by showing Derby’s only shot on target (a weak first-half Laurent Robert free kick easily saved by Chris Kirkland), a couple of half-chances for Wigan that didn’t make the edit and a Jason Koumas corner 20 minutes from the end which had Latics fans appealing for handball against Craig Fagan. Seriously, that’s all that was missed out.

The people I feel really sorry for tonight are the poor souls at Sky who had to string this match out to the best part of an hour for Football First. Surely they could only have done it by showing extended highlights of Robbie Savage’s pre-match warm-up.

So if any Wigan fan tries to convince you that this match deserved to be either a) higher up the MOTD pecking order, or b) on for longer, tell them to take off their blue-and-white tinted spectacles.


1. Derby: 6
2=. Fulham: 5 (Gubba difference: +1)
2=. Reading: 5 (GD: +1)
2=. Wigan: 5 (GD: +1)
5. Birmingham: 4 (GD: 0)
6. Bolton: 3 (GD: +1)
7=. Aston Villa: 3 (GD: 0)
7=. West Ham: 3 (GD: 0)
9. Gubba: 2
10=. Chelsea: 2 (GD: 0)
10=. Sunderland: 2 (GD: 0)
12=. Everton: 1
12=. Middlesbrough: 1
12=. Newcastle: 1
12=. Portsmouth: 1
12=. Bury: 1
12=. Workington: 1
12=. Huddersfield: 1
12=. Grimsby: 1
12=. Walsall: 1
12=. Millwall: 1

(NB. Where teams are level, positions are decided by Gubba Difference; the number of times a team is on Match of the Day last with Tony Gubba commentating.)

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3 Responses to Last on MOTD: That was quick

  1. Chopper says:

    Damn! We’re off the top! It seemed as though things couldn’t get any worse after yet another Away match failure and everyone above us winning and then we lose the top spot on here. We were, of course, second to last AND commentated on by Gubba – that must be worth a half point at least :-)

  2. mikewhalley says:

    You were so close to building a clear lead at the top and claiming that potentially-crucial Gubba Difference advantage… but no half-points, I’m afraid.

    Fulham have been very unlucky on the Gubbometer of late… they’ve actually been second last on MOTD four times in the last eight shows.

    But as Bruce Forsyth might have said, you get nothing for being on second last… not in this game!

  3. Chopper says:

    Maybe in 2008 “second to last on MOTD” is the new “last on MOTD” …

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