Have been pretty lazy the past week and haven’t written anything for a while. So here is a look at last weekend’s A-League and Premier League games.
Central Coast beat the Heart 1-0 as they continued to defy by ambitious predictions of wooden spooners. Daniel McBreen scored the winner with his head.
Adelaide beat the Jets 2-1 in an entertaining game. Michael Bridges was in top form for the Jets yet his support from Brockie and Jesic was poor. They only scored in the 90th minute due to a defensive lapse from Adeliade with substitute Rooney getting the goal. Adelaide had already raced to a 2-goal though, Leckie scoring the first, before a brilliant foal from the in form Flores capping off the performance. Both scorers are in top gear, with Flores’ effort a contender for goal of the season, if they can keep it up Adelaide could be up the top end by the end of the season.
Wellington beat Sydney 2-1 as the Blues continued to search for their first win. In a much improved display which could be sign of better times, Sydney started with new import Bruno Canzarine who scored a cheeky equalizer, first nutmegging a defender and then losing the ball only to poke his foot through the same defenders legs to net his first for the club. Earlier Canzarine had conceded a penalty, which Ifill dispatched. Wellington’s new signing from the Victory, Nicky Ward, then scored a bomb to ensure Wellington’s home form continues.
Perth lost at home to Gold Coast 1-0 as Jason Culina scored the only goal. Perth had been unbeaten before this match and with home advantage would have expected to win this game. Perth couldn’t find a break through and the Gold Coast held on for an impressive win.
Melbourne Victory thrashed Roar 3-0 as they looked to kick start their season. A fine second half performance yielding 3 goals in 20 minutes to ensure the Roar were brought back down to earth after a bright start to their campaign. In a physical display from Melbourne they dominated proceedings, despite the Brisbane outfit controlling a lot of possession. An injury to Melbourne captain Kevin Muscat is a huge blow though.
Meanwhile in the Premier League
Newcastle lost at home for the first time in 27 matches against Blackpool, the team were unlucky not to score as the Blackpool keeper was in fine form. Goals for the captain, from the penalty spot, and one for DJ Campbell sealed the tie.
Elsewhere Everton came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Man Utd. Tim Cahill and Arteta both grabbed goals in injury time, sealing an amazing comeback. Man Utd had looked in control and lapses of concentration like this will throw away any chances of a title success.
Man City could only draw with Blackburn, and after losing last week to Sunderland are already under pressure to start finding some form.
Arsenal continued with their strong displays so far this season with a 4-1 win over Bolton. So and so was sent off with the scores tied 1-1 and Fabregas took over from there, putting in a brilliant performance to lay off three goals and ensure the Gunners are only two points off leaders Chelsea.
Chelsea comfortably saw off struggling West Ham 3-1, with Avram Grant feeling the pressure, there are rumors he could be sacked soon, however I feel he has had a tough run of fixtures and should be given at least till Christmas to find the results needed for the London club to stay up in the Premier League.
In other games, Spurs could only draw with West Brom, while sunderland and Wigan also had a 1-1 stalemate, sunderland captain and all round mug, Lee Cattermole, being sent off for two yellow cards early in the first half.
Liverpool struggled against Birmingham and were lucky to come away with a 0-0 draw, Fernando Torres was lambasted in the media after the game, with many criticizing his commitment. Fulham came from a goal down to beat Wolves 2-1 at home.
So after four games the table is starting to form its usual course, Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal are joined in the top four by Blackpool, who have surprised with their early form.
West Ham and Stoke are yet to pick up points and are joined by Everton in the bottom three, the Merseyside club continuing their yearly ritual of a poor start to the season.
It’s still too late to see how the season will run, though Liverpool are already 7 points adrift of first place Chelsea, while Man Utd are 4 adrift.