Berkshire news Junior Hoilett shines vs Belgium as FIFA criticised over man of the match award PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Reading FC's Junior Hoilett impressed as Canada caused Belgium problems in their opening World Cup group stage match, with Michy Batshuayi's goal proving to be the difference
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has said one of the Canadian players should have won the man of the match award against Belgium. Reading FC's Junior Hoilett played 58 minutes for Canada as John Herdman's side put in an impressive performance against Belgium in their opening World Cup group stage fixture, which was won 1-0 by the Belgians courtesy of Michy Batshuayi's goal against the run of play just before half time. Canada gave a good account of themselves against Roberto Martinez's side, who were fortunate to emerge with an unconvincing victory after Alphonso Davies missed a penalty as the Maple Leafs dominated for large periods, only to spurn a number of good opportunities to score. READ MORE: Reading FC face potential England World Cup clash when Championship fixtures resume vs Coventry Despite Canada's fine performance collectively - and individually with the likes of Hoilett, Tajon Buchanan, Jonathan David and Davies among the star performers - the FIFA player of the match award went to Belgium's talisman Kevin De Bruyne. However, the Manchester City ace admitted after the game that he did not feel he deserved the player of the match accolade as he gave an honest assessment of his performance. "I don't think I played a great game," he admitted. "I don't know why I got the trophy, maybe because of the (my) name. I don't think we played well enough as a team. "We didn't find any solutions. We started really badly, the momentum was with Canada and we didn't find a way through their press.
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." And Agbonlahor was in agreement with De Bruyne as he criticised the decision to award him the player of the match, with the former Aston Villa striker voicing his opinion on Talksport as he heaped praise on the Canadian team for their display. "I said about Gareth Bale the other night, for me, he was one of the worst players on the pitch for Wales against USA," Agbonlahor said. "I feel like they are picking the man of the match before the kick off. Almost like, 'right you know the star player, he is going to be man of the match whatever'. [Kevin] De Bruyne, I feel like it was the worst I have seen him play. His passing was off, his through balls were off. "It doesn't have to be the winning team that gets the player of the match. For me, I would have picked one of the Canadian players." READ NEXT Reading supporters facing major travel disruption for Birmingham fixture Former Reading winger and free agent seals transfer switch to League Two strugglers Paul Ince takes Reading squad on training camp as preparations build for remainder of season Where Reading star Joe Lumley ranks among other Championship keepers Former Reading striker provides damning verdict on national side after narrow win over minnows
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