Man Utd v. Aston Villa – (2-2)
The Red Devils once again scored late in a game to register a point at home to Villa, after falling behind to two second half goals in four minutes. The first came in the 72nd minutes when Ashley Young was bundled over in the box by Wes Brown, the young England International stepping up to score from the spot. The second arrived just minutes later, Stewart Downing providing a cross for Marc Albrighton to easily finish from four yards out. The young prospect had earlier missed a sitter in the first half, heading wide when it looked easier to score.
But Man Utd came back late on, first with Macheda shooting home from an effort outside the box, the substitute having been on the field for less than ten minutes. Five minutes later and Vidic had the equaliser, heading home a lovely Nani cross in the 85th minute. Yet it can still be seen as a terrible result for the Devils, as they gave Chelsea the chance to move further ahead in the title race.
Stoke v. Liverpool – (2-0)
Liverpool’s woes restarted after it seemed like they had turned a corner following the win against Chelsea last week. Yet Stoke proved too good at home, with Lucas earning a red card for two yellows.
The opener came from the scrappiest bit of play I’ve seen for a while, and of course it came courtesy of a Rory Delap throw in. A massive goalmouth scramble eventuated, Ricardo Fuller eventually putting viewers out of their misery. Kenwyne Jones wrapped up the points in the 90th minute following an uncharacteristic mistake from Gerrard, and then Lucas got his marching orders in the dying second for his second yellow.
Tottenham v. Blackburn – (4-2)
Gareth Bale scored a brace as Spurs got back to winning ways at home to Blackburn. He steered home a Luka Modric cross in the 17th minute with an unlikely near post header, before turning provider for Roman Pavyluchenko after the Russian had earlier missed a penalty. Crouchy grabbed his first Premier League goal of the season in the 69th minute, and then Bale got his second after Van der Vaart brilliantly pulled down a cross.
David Dunn and Gael Givet scored two for Blackburn late on, but it was too little too late and a deserving punishment for Big Fat Sam who had started the game with no fewer than six defenders. Idiot. Just desserts for a boring tactician.
Wigan v. West Brom – (1-0)
Wigan defeated West Brom at home thanks to a Victor Moses goal in the second half. It was the former Toon transfer target’s first Premier League goal since his move from Crystal Palace in January this year. West Brom will feel aggrieved to have lost the match after James Morrisson and Odemwingie had both gone close in the first half, though in truth Wigan deserved the points.
Wolves v. Bolton – (2-3)
A five goal thriller ensued at Molineux, the first coming as early as the first minute, Richard Stearman steering (good hey) home a Lee Chung-Yong cross into his own net. That was all the goals in the first half, before Bolton went 3-0 up, scoring two goals in five minutes through Elmander and Holden. Elmander’s was a fucking brilliant bit of skill, and his 6th of the season.
Kevin Foley matched it with a curler in the 69th minute and Steven Fletcher scored with a diving header with a bit over ten minutes left to play, yet it was too late for Wolves
The win took Bolton up to 5th place, while Wolves continue to struggle for points despite there decent performances this season and remain in the relegation zone.
West Ham v. Blackpool – (0-0)
Kieran Dyer once again suffered an injury, as West Ham failed to convert their chances and they remained rooted to the bottom of the table. The London outfit had three or four decent opportunities, missing most of them, while Blackpool’s keeper Kingston made one vital save. Blackpool missed a chance to win it themselves in the 82nd minute, Marlon Harewood somehow missing the goal from less than six yards out.
Newcastle v. Fulham – (0-0)
Newcastle once again failed to rediscover their home form of last season, with this draw giving them a total of 1 point out of a possible six against equal opponents. The loss to Blackburn was disappointing, but this draw is just as much so as we slipped down to 8th. While it can’t be expected for the Toon to remain up the top of the table, it is these kinds of games which need to be won, as we can’t expect to beat the Arsenal’s of this league in every meeting.
It was a case of two keepers, one old and one fresh, as Schwarzer and Krul both made outstanding saves to keep the scores level. The pick of the bunch was Schwarzer’s saves from Lovenkrands after a Carroll volley was blocked by teammate Kevin Nolan, and the Aussie’s save from a stinging Carroll volley in the second half.
Fulham, in truth, could have won it in the end, the woodwork coming to Krul and the Toon’s aid as Dembele’s 70th minute volley smacked into the crossbar. So although we created the chances, some rusty finishing (in particular from Lovenkrands) let us down, though a point against an organised Fulham side isn’t too bad.
However, Tiote picked up his 5th yellow card of the season, earning a one-match ban and with Barton still to serve two more games on the sidelines, it leaves our midfield fairly bare. It has been reported that Carroll is also a major doubt with a groin injury, while Ameobi missed this match due to injury too. Therefore our match against Bolton next week will be interesting to see how our squad copes with the absences…
Man City v. Birmingham – (0-0)
Mancini continues to struggle at Man City and it couldn’t make me happier. He is now no better off then Mark Hughes’ start last season and it goes to show that it was a poorly thought out decision. The side have no only won once in five attempts and despite the fact that they are still holding onto a Champions League spot it has been pretty disappointing stuff from Mancini’s Millions.
Tevez had a goal correctly ruled out for handball, while Birmingham had a penalty shout turned down in what was a pretty dour first half. Stephen Carr cleared a Milner shot off the line after the break, while Yaya Toure missed a good opportunity as he continues to struggle even though he picks up 200,000 a week.
To make matters worse for Mancini he inexplicably brought on Gareth Barry for Tevez late in the game. A ridiculous substitution really…
Everton v. Arsenal – (1-2)
Arsenal went second and only two points off league leaders Chelsea with a hard-fought victory away from home. Sagna opened the scoring with a bullet in the first half, and then Fabregas scored with a deft finish after some truly class build-up play from the Gunners.
Arsenal had many more chances to put the game out of Everton’s reach, but were forced into a nervy finish when Cahill finished off a corner in the 89th minute.
The Gunners stood strong though, which hasn’t been the case in past seasons, and secured their place in the top two.
Chelsea v. Sunderland – (0-3)
Chelsea were left red-faced on Sunday after being dominated by the scum that is sunderland. The Blues hadn’t conceded a goal at home since March, yet this changed just before halftime with Nedum Onouha danced through some poor Chelsea defence and slotted past Petr Cech.
The second arrived through Asamoah Gyan grabbed his 3rd in two games, after Jordan Henderson (who just got a call-up for the England side) had put him through on goal. Chelsea rarely threatened the sunderland goal from there on in, and Danny Welbeck made it three in the 87th minute, pouncing on a poor Ashley Cole back pass to finish an amazing afternoon for the mackems.