And now to the Premier League, I pretty much worked all weekend/had my football preso/mate’s 19th so I didn’t get to watch much of the action, but I did see the second half of the TOON game, which I was pretty impressed with.
Newcastle beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park, thanks to a brilliant, amazing, wonderful, class goal from new signing Hatem Ben Arfa. It was a bomb, youtube it. Apart from that I thought parts of the second half saw some good play from Newcastle, Tiote looked at ease in the anchor of midfield and Ben Arfa’s blistering runs seemed to spark Routledge into a bit of action too. I must say Joey Barton also had a very good game. Nolan should have won a penalty after being through on goal and then getting hacked down by Coleman. How the hell it wasn’t a penalty I don’t know. Shocking. That could have been crucial had Everton scored one of two chances in injury time, their ability to create in the dying minutes is astounding. Yakubu hit the post and then Fellaini missed a sitter as the Magpies held on for all three points. Unfortunately Steve Harper was injured in a shocking tackle from Beckford, and it’s unknown how long he’ll be out for. Krul, however, is a capable replacement, and he continued his run of not conceding a Premier League goal in any of his appearances so far. It was a great win and well deserved from a great team performance. WE’RE SIXTH!!!!
West Brom impressed with a surprising 3-1 victory over Birmingham after falling behind. Odemwingie fired for the Baggies, grabbing two goals by my watch, though he was only credited with the one.
There were a few 1-1 draws on the Saturday with West Ham and Stoke, Villa and Bolton, Blackburn and Fulham all ending in stalemates.
Spurs came back from the dead against Wolves. After trailing for the second half, a pen from Van der Vaart equaled the score before late goals from Pavlyuchenko and Alan Hutton gave Harry Redknapp a win in his 100th Spurs game. Hutton proved an inspiring substitution, as he won the pen as well as got the third.
Arsenal faltered against Sunderland, losing their lead with the last kick of the match to draw 1-1. They scored a lucky goal through Fabregas, before Song was sent off and then Rosicky missed a penalty. Darren Bent popped up after a scramble in the box and got the equaliser in the last minute of injury time.
Chelsea smashed Burnley 4-0 and it really is hard to see them losing the Premier League, they are in top top form, all without Lampard, Terry and Anelka as well..
Man City got back to winning ways against Wigan, a goal either half sealing a 2-1 win. Tevez and Toure got the goals.
And then the game I wish I hadn’t missed, Man Utd v Liverpool, but my computer decided not to stream and I didn’t see it. Man Utd once again squandered a 2-goal lead but Berbatov managed to save them late in the game to secure a 3-2 win over the Red half of Merseyside. Berbatov scored a hattrick, the second an absolute class act. He took a corner straight on his knee and then put the ball in with an overhead kick. Two touches. Ridiculous. Amazing. Youtube it. Gerrard pulled Liverpool back into it, however, with two goals thanks to two Man U defensive lapses. The first was a needless tackle from Evans on Torres, with Gerrard finishing from the spot, then Fletcher broke the wall as Liverpool’s captain smashed in a free kick. However, Berbatov got his third in the 84th minute, with a nice header from an O’Shea cross. Lucky for the team as well, because Ferguson would have roasted them alive.
And that’s at for the weekend action. Sweet. WE’RE SIXTH!