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Jonathan Spector

Squad Number: 18
Position: Defender
Born: 3rd Jan 1986 (Arlington Heights)
Signed: 15th Jun 2006 (£500,000)
Contract: 3 years (signed November 2008)
Previous Club: Manchester United

KUMB Awards: Young Player of the Year (runner up) 2006/07; Worst Player 2009/10; Most Improved Player 2010/11.

Alan Pardew's second signing of the 06/07 pre-season was youngster Jonathan Spector, a versatile defender who can play anywhere across the back line.

Spector - who signed pro terms with Manchester United in 2004 - made just two league starts for the Reds before joining Charlton on loan for the 05/06 season, for whom he made 24 appearances.

Prior to his arrival in East London the American made two international appearances, his last being in the 1-1 draw with Scotland in November 2005.

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

Jonathan Spector is yet to play this season.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

Jonathan Spector is yet to play this season.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

Jonathan Spector is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 7th May 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Another who did ok up to the point at which he had to do something creative. Then his limitations became clear. Moved to right back in the second-half reshuffle.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd April 2011
by Staff Writer

Solid, gives energy in the midfield and who knew he had an eye for the pass? Not outstanding, but reliable.

0-3 v Chelsea (a) 23rd April 2011
by Staff Writer

A useful attack minded midfield. Set up WHU's best chance. Should be retained for Man City.

0-3 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 9th April 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Parker, 76 mins) Little time to influence proceedings.

1-2 v Stoke City (a) 13th March 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Piquionne, 35 mins) Another for whom the game passed him by, even though Specs was playing in his favoured midfield role.

3-1 v Liverpool (h) 27th February 2011
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced O'Neil, 78 mins) Came on and did a job.

5-1 v Burnley (h) 21st February 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Cole, 73 mins) Comments to follow.

3-3 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 12th February 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced O'Neil, 78 mins) Playing in an advanced role this week but little time to effect the game.

1-3 v Birmingham City (a) 26th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-2 v Everton (a) 22nd January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-3 v Arsenal (h) 15th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Birmingham City (h) 11th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-0 v Barnsley (h) 8th January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Tidy enough game in the middle, obviously cup matches bring out the best in him.

1-1 v Everton (a) 28th December 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Ilunga, 34 mins) Comments to follow.

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 18th December 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-3 v Manchester City (h) 11th December 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-1 v Sunderland (a) 5th December 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

4-0 v Manchester United (h) 30th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Own up, whose heart sank when you saw his name on the team sheet? More than happy to admit the error of my ways. A decent game and who knew he was such a good finisher?

0-3 v Manchester United (a) 28th August 2010
by Staff Writer

Really bad. Killed the game with a rash challlange for the pen and wussed out of a challange for the third goal.

1-0 v Oxford United (h) 24th August 2010
by Staff Writer No.2

Completely lacking confidence. Looked scared to go in for the tackle and backed off way too much. Also didn't offer much going forward.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

2-3 v Fulham (a) 3rd May 2010
by Gordon Thrower

A shocker really. Awful error for their third. I have a horrible feeling that he's saving his next good game for the World Cup.

3-2 v Wigan Athletic (h) 24th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Had an absolute 'mare of a first half but, to his credit, he didn't hide and improved as the game progressed.

0-3 v Liverpool (a) 19th April 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-0 v Sunderland (h) 10th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Did well enough but had a couple of shaky moments.

2-2 v Everton (a) 1st April 2010
by Staff Writer

Very good against Stoke but appalling today. Involved in both goals conceded.

0-1 v Stoke City (h) 27th March 2010
by East Stand Martin

Excellent defensively and even provided a couple of cameos in more advanced quarters.

1-3 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 23rd March 2010
by Rob Chapman

(Replaced Tomkins, 46 mins) Put in the traditional Jonathan Spector “ronseal” performance. Plenty of graft, not a great deal of quality.

1-3 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 23rd March 2010
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Tomkins, 46 mins) Placed in an unfamiliar central defensive role, in which he saw the ball hit the net twice in his opening 15 minutes on the field.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 20th March 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 13th March 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 6th March 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Stuck to his task despite little protection from those in front of him.

0-3 v Manchester United (a) 23rd February 2010
by Staff Writer

Quite frankly, ripped apart by Valencia. Not helped by a lack of assistance from Diamanti or his replacement, Collison.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by Daniel Prescott

A quiet day for the left back with Hull's long ball antics.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by East Stand Martin

Following on from the decent half he had against Birmingham he had another good 90.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Following on from the decent half he had against Birmingham he had another good 90.

2-0 v Birmingham City (h) 10th February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Ilunga, 46 mins) Nobody’s ever going to look at the team sheet and say “oh good Spector’s playing”. However, he had a fine second half replacing Ilunga and was even seen wandering forward to assist with the attack from time to time.

1-2 v Burnley (a) 6th February 2010
by Rob Chapman

Does everything that is asked of him, and his application is never in question. Another perfectly adequate shift in an unfamiliar position.

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th January 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Had good and indifferent spells – including one storming run in the first half that came to a hilarious end as he found himself just outside the box surrounded by opponents.

1-1 v Portsmouth (a) 26th January 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-0 v Aston Villa (a) 17th January 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 28th December 2009
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Ilunga, 19 minutes) Comments to follow.

1-1 v Chelsea (h) 20th December 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Kovac, 67 mins) Clean sheet! Barely tested really.

0-4 v Manchester United (h) 5th December 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Dreadful. Still, on a day of few positives, we can at least take some comfort from the fact that he plays for the USA who are our first opponents in the World Cup.

5-3 v Burnley (h) 28th November 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Did well in winning the first penalty but still looks the sort of player you only pick when someone better isn’t available.

1-2 v Everton (h) 8th November 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Aston Villa (h) 4th November 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Ilunga, 8 mins) Looked better now he seems to have lost his allergy to crossing the halfway line.

2-2 v Sunderland (a) 31st October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Looked dodgy all day and his failure to track back rendered him at least partly culpable for the equaliser. If we are in a position to bring in a player or two in January, this is one position that should be a priority.

2-2 v Arsenal (h) 25th October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Right-back is a position that worries me at the moment. Never looked all that comfortable defensively and seems to have an allergy to the opponents’ half of the field. Improved as the game progressed.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 22nd September 2009
by Hammer John

Steady game, nothing special.

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 29th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

A couple of dodgy clearances that he treid to send into orbit but fairly solid that aside.

3-1 v Millwall (h) 25th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

Another chance to earn a bit more experience at left back.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by East Stand Martin

Kept Lennon very quiet until he fell over.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Kept Lennon very quiet until he fell over.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 15th August 2009
by Andy Stansfield

(Replaced Ilunga, 65 mins) Caught in possession too often for my liking.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 15th August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Ilunga, 65 mins) Caught in possession too often for my liking.

2-0 v Beijing Guoan (n) 31st July 2009
by Staff Writer

Carried on from a great performance in the Confederations Cup.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 24th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Stuck to his task well without ever looking flustered.

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th April 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Wasn’t having the most testing of days up to his unfortunate injury but was looking at getting forward more than of late.

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 21st March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Guilty once more of going missing, leaving his man unmarked far too often.

0-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 16th March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Upson, 29 mins) Gave his man far too much time and space. And please could somebody point out that Rugby is the game where you get penalised if the ball goes forward.

0-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 16th March 2009
by John Simkin

(Replaced Upson, 29 mins) No comments.

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 21st February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Kovac, 83 mins) Decent few minutes – one good tackle back.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 21st February 2009
by John Simkin

Far more assured that Neill and provided Parker with an excellent pass for the goal.

2-1 v Stoke City (h) 28th December 2008
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Di Michele, 89) Came on at the death with little time to influence matters.

2-1 v Stoke City (h) 28th December 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Di Michele, 89) Came on at the death with little time to influence matters.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

0-1 v Portsmouth (h) 8th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Poor. His first inclination whenever he got the ball was to play it backwards. Caught in possession far too much.

1-2 v Sunderland (a) 29th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Again tried his best but still doesn’t look to be an automatic choice when all are fit.

1-1 v Everton (a) 22nd March 2008
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Parker, 82) A long way to come for just eight minutes on the pitch.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Alex Shilling

Looked edgy throughout, completely out of his depth at centre back. Good interceptions in second half however.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Did ok without ever quite looking like he ought to be considered a first choice pick in that position.

0-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 10th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

This was not a Premiership display by any stretch of the imagination. The fact that it took injuries to three potential first choice centre backs to get him a start should tell you all you need to know.

1-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Ljungberg, 90) Not on for long enough to register more than the slightest blip on the radar.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Ashton, 90) I think he touched the ball

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Ashton, 90) I think he touched the ball

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Cole, 81) A fresh pair of legs as we went to shore things up. Was on the plot when Ljungberg won the penalty.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Cole, 81) A fresh pair of legs as we went to shore things up. Was on the plot when Ljungberg won the penalty.

2-1 v Fulham (h) 12th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

He comes in, plays wherever he’s asked and gets on with it. Solid game.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

(replaced Neill, 46) Nearly one back header of doom but slotted well into the right back position, handling Petrov well.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Neill, 46) Seemed a little happier against Petrov than Neill had been. One horrible shot in the second half.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Worked hard but failed to make much use of what little ball he got.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by East Stand Martin

Generally solid though sticking his hand out in that girly manner gave Dean the excuse he’d been looking for. Moved over to the left in the second half as part of the reshuffle.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Generally solid though sticking his hand out in that girly manner gave Dean the excuse he’d been looking for. Moved over to the left in the second half as part of the reshuffle.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A foolish moment for the handball, but he performed well in a number of positions throughout the match.

1-1 v Reading (h) 26th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A jittery performance mostly and Kitson often got the better of him.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 1st December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Parker, 78) I vaguely remember one interception but hardly registered.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 24th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Bowyer, 72) Solid enough without really registering on the radar.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

If you have Spector playing the centre of your midfield you know you have injury problems. To his credit he did well and this was possibly his best performance in claret and blue to date. I’ll give him the goal as well.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by East Stand Martin

If you have Spector playing the centre of your midfield you know you have injury problems. To his credit he did well and this was possibly his best performance in claret and blue to date. I’ll give him the goal as well.

1-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Mullins, 50) Made a couple of good bursts forward but is clearly unhappy playing in centre midfield.

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 30th October 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Camara, 46) Strangely deployed in the centre of midfield. Struggled at times to cope in unfamiliar territory.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(replaced Bowyer, 81) Play him in the hole, we’ll reap the benefits.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Bowyer, 81) Solid enough in replacing Bowyer.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Bowyer, 81) Solid enough in replacing Bowyer.

1-0 v Birmingham City (a) 18th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Much better than last week though he still must be considered as a stand-in until Neill is fit again.

1-0 v Birmingham City (a) 18th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Much better than last week though he still must be considered as a stand-in until Neill is fit again.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Distribution was poor. Caused an unintentionally hilarious moment in the second half when he thought he was Ronaldo and pushed the ball one side of a defender whilst running around the other side. Unfortunately half way round he remembered he was Spector.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Lucas Neill's absence was felt here. Spector is willing but he is far from good enough, particularly his ability on the ball.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Distribution was poor. Caused an unintentionally hilarious moment in the second half when he thought he was Ronaldo and pushed the ball one side of a defender whilst running around the other side. Unfortunately half way round he remembered he was Spector.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced McCartney, 28) Did well coming in for the injured Linda.

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced McCartney, 28) Did well coming in for the injured Linda.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Boa Morte, 79) A solid if unremarkable few minutes.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Boa Morte, 79) A solid if unremarkable few minutes.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Tevez, 82) No comment.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(Replaced Tevez, 82) No comment.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Did not play.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Did not play.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced McCartney, 45) Playing in unfamiliar territory but an excellent effort.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced McCartney, 45) Playing in unfamiliar territory but an excellent effort.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Neill, 32) One of the weak links on the pitch. Never went forward, and his defensive abilities looked shabby at best.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Neill, 32) Not tested defensively, didn’t show going forward.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Neill, 32) Not tested defensively, didn’t show going forward.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 3rd February 2007
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2007
by Nick Bull

Looked poor defensively, especially in the first half. Really did not aid any attacking credentials.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Caught out of position way too often.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

Considering the relative lack of threat from the opposition he looked very uncomfortable.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Considering the relative lack of threat from the opposition he looked very uncomfortable.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Ferdinand, 85) Used to provide fresh legs in the final moments. Did everything he needed to.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced Ferdinand, 85) Thrown into the mix to help maintain parity.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Collins, 11) I’m sure someone told me playing in the centre was the American’s best position. I’d disagree.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(Replaced Collins, 11) Abysmal. He had no positional sense, couldn't handle their attack at all and his heading was atrocious.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Collins, 11) Abysmal. He had no positional sense, couldn't handle their attack at all and his heading was atrocious.

3-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 6th January 2007
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Ferdinand, 44) Had very little to do, but never looked unsure when called upon.

3-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 6th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Ferdinand, 44) Not the hardest 46 minutes he’ll ever have but was solid enough.

1-2 v Portsmouth (h) 26th December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

He was poor in the first half and was rightly subbed.

0-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Occasionally guilty of giving his man a little too much space but stuck to his task.

1-0 v Manchester United (h) 17th December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

With Ronaldo and Giggs swapping over at will he had a tough time but coped with everything admirably. Mugging Ronaldo who was trying to shepherd the ball out for a corner was one of many marvellous moments.

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Nick Bull

Did not offer an attacking threat, and defensively did not have his best game.

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Started ok, but got worse as the game went on. Guilty of ball watching and offered little going forward.

1-0 v Sheffield United (h) 25th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

Continues to impress on the right.

1-0 v Sheffield United (h) 25th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Continues to impress on the right.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Nick Bull

Very sound defensively. Gets better with pretty much every game that passes.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Stuck to his task well without ever quite dominating his man.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

Had a fairly decent games against one of the world's trickiest wingers. Rarely had the opportunity to burst forward.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Had the thankless task of keeping Robben quiet and he did well.

1-0 v Arsenal (h) 6th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

Another very promising display from the young American. Defensively he was sound, and despite Arsenal's protestations the tackle on Hleb was a sound and perfectly legal one. I criticised him last week for his poor crossing; today there were no such complaints.

1-0 v Arsenal (h) 6th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

In the wars a bit as the opposition lined up to try for revenge after an early challenge on Van Persie. Maintained his cool well to have a decent game.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 29th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

An excellent performance defensively - although he needs to learn how to deliver a cross.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Looked okay defensively but I’d like to see him get forward a bit more to support in attack.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Nick Bull

Ex-Manchester United player. Apparently.

0-1 v Reading (h) 1st October 2006
by Nick Bull

Often found on the wrong side of Reading midfielders. Did not offer an attacking outlet either.

0-1 v Reading (h) 1st October 2006
by East Stand Martin

You had to feel a little bit sorry for the American full-back who was making his home debut. On the numerous occasions he found himself in space on the right he had virtually no support further afield on the flank. Defensively he performed okay.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

Jonathan Spector has no entries for this season.

 

2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

Jonathan Spector has no entries for this season.