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Weekend Premiership Review

Manchester United finally delivered the beating that everyone has expected them to dish out on at least one occasion so far this term….Wigan were the hapless visitors to Old Trafford and despite most of United’s side picking up injuries at one point or another, Wigan were eventually undone by a superb goal from Carlos Tevez……Villa got the better of West Ham in the only other Saturday fixture, Gardner ensuring that the capitulation from 4-1 up at White Hart Lane can be forgotten about..for now….***** Those star thingies mean this is an important statement….whatever went on with tv rights or the FA being stupid or whoever is to blame for there being only two games on Saturday, shame on you. Serie A is mostly played on a Sunday and attendances are generally poor while the games themselves are sleepy Sunday affairs. Let’s not be having it in the Premiership thank-you very much*****…….
Sunday opened with Arsenal beating Sunderland 3-2. Robin van Persie smashed in two goals, Diaby had two disallowed, Arsenal rattled the woodwork twice but Sunderland also managed two goals to ensure the result looked a little more respectable than it could’ve been. Plus it’s about time Van Persie started scoring for a certain fantasy football team of a certain writer who wishes to remain nameless….
Liverpool fluffed a great opportunity while 1-0 up when Voronin and Gerrard failed to beat Robinson despite having time to nearly walk it in. That miss gave Spurs confidence and two well-taken goals by Robbie Keane meant Liverpool nearly got their second Anfield defeat in two games, Torres, wo had a poor game otherwise, had something to say at the end though. Spurs’ fightback on Monday saw them score a last minute equaliser, this time the fortune was with Liverpool, both sides still have serious problems, Spurs in defence, Liverpool going forward….
Newcastle secured another win, 3-2 at home to Everton, with Michael Owen scoring the decisive third after coming on from the bench. Nicky Butt’s opener was the talking point from this game though. The Newcastle fans could have been forgiven for covering their eyes when Butt found the ball near the edge of the penalty area. Seconds later they were asking each other what had happened though as it appeared Butt was celebrating a goal. Well he picked his spot and curled a delighful little belter into the top right hand corner is what happened. Mother of god whatever next? Emre scored a nice second (we’ve a soft spot for Emre here) and Michael Owen’s back made sure of the points, he’ll claim he was going for it with his back. We’re not so sure. Then again he is only a little fella….
Kevin Doyle got his first strike of the season as Reading beat Derby by a goal to nil to ease the pressure on themselves and keep Derby right in the thick of things down at the bottom. A decent back-post header from Doyle though Bywater’s reaction was poor giving further credence to the opposition fans’ claim that he was a ‘dodgy keeper’….
Porstmouth recorded another win albeit less spectacular than last weeks 7-4 win over Reading. Fulham have big problems though and this 2-0 defeat leaves them in the relegation area. While Sanchez’ troops have justifiably claimed they haven’t got the points they’ve deserved so far this season, one win in nine games doesn’t make for pretty reading…..
Chelsea recorded another victory under Avram Grant and suddenly life isn’t looking as bad for the Blues post-Mourinho. Kalou’s close range finish was handed to him on a plate by the Bolton defence and Sammy Lee must be cursing his luck as Bolton had several chances to take something from the game and had a certain penalty denied after Sidwell clearly handled in the box. Lee claimed he was proud of his players and justifiably so, however being joint bottom with Derby won’t make the fans happy when the performances don’t get results. Still it’s not all bad, Arsenal away is next up for the Trotter. Absolute banker for three points…..
Birmingham went down 2-1 to Blackburn who responded in the best possible fashion to their shock UEFA Cup exit last Thursday. Bentley scored the opener, a good turn and shot though Taylor will be questioning how he was beaten at his near post despite being in a good position to stop the shot. McCarthy’s penalty made it 2-0 before Jerome belted in a Birmingham reply. McSheffrey’s disallowed goal incensed Bruce but Blackburn could have been more comfortable winners; Bentley missed from close range while McCarthy produced some sublime skill to set up Santa Cruz who failed to continue his impressive galscoring start to his career at Ewood Park….
Finally, Manchester City. Another win, 3-1 at home to Boro, and another gem or two from Elano, the Brazilian scoring a brace in the comfortable win. Man City could have had more but will be thrilled with their start to the season and another perfect day for the home supporters to sing about. Birmingham at home next up for Eriksson’s men, while Boro, lying 15th after today’s defeat, face Chelsea….ouch…..

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