Sunday, 15 April 2012

Midweek football round up

After another interesting set of games in the Premier League, the top and bottom of the table get even closer. Here are all the scores from all the games :

Tottenham  1 - 2 Norwich City

Norwich beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane thanks to goals from Anthony Pilkington and Elliot Bennett. The home side played very poor and if they continue to play like that they will lose their champions league spot after supposedly being title challengers last month. The result sees Norwich go tenth in the table and secure their Premier League status for at least another season.

Newcastle United 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

In a rather drab contest at St James' Park, Newcastle came out on top thanks to a wonder goal from Hatem Ben Arfa and another one for Cisse. The match was looking like it would end as a stalemate with the half time score being 0 - 0 but one moment of magic from Ben Arfa who dribbled with the ball from the half way line beating 4 players in the process before calmly sliding in the finish. On form striker Papiss Cisse was played through in the Bolton box and tapped in his team's second goal although he was in an offside position when the ball was played. 

Everton FC 4 - 0 Sunderland

Everton demolished a poor Sunderland side with an impressive second half display. The game dragged for the first half and looked as if it would end goalless but after the interval, Everton came out all guns blazing. First Magaye Gueye volleyed in his first Everton goal after Mignolet could only parry Osman's fierce drive. Steven Pienaar was next to strike with a beautiful curled effort and 90 seconds later, Leon Osman did a near copy of Pienaar's goal. The final Everton scorer was Anichebe but his drive was fortunate to go in after a big deflection from Jack Colback took it away from Mignolet. The result sees Everton stay secure in seventh place while Sunderland dropped down the table.
Aston Villa 1 - 1 Stoke City

Robert Huth saved his side a point in probably the worst game this weekend. Villa's academy graduate Andreas Weimann gave his side the lead in the 32nd minute with a delightful curling shot from 20 yards. Huth grabbed his teams equalizer as he headed home a Jermain Pennant delivery. The result sees Villa stay perilously close to the relagation spots and will need to win some of their next five games in order to keep their top flight status.

Fulham 1 - 1 Chelsea

Clint Dempsey's header got his team a valuable point in a heated contest with Chelsea. Chelsea's goal came with a slice of fortune as a very debatable penalty call from the referee gave Lampard an easy chance to put his team ahead, which he did calmly. After the goal Fulham went out in search of a response and in the 82nd minute it came with top scorer Clint Dempsey, who headed in from a sublime delivery. Fulham go 9th as a result and Chelsea stay in sixth. 
Blackburn Rovers 2 - 3 Liverpool FC

Perhaps the funniest game I've seen this sseason, the two teams who have perhaps been the ones laughed at the most gave us a game that did not disappoint. Maxi Rodriguez scored twice in four minutes to seemingly set up Liverpool for an easy victory, but it wasn't going to be that easy. A backpass played by the Liverpool third choice right back Flanagan to his keeper fell way short and the Doni fouled Junior Hoillett and got a straight red card for his troubles. 3rd choice keeper Brad Jones came on for Flanagan and saved the weak penalty from Yakubu his former team mate. Despite his heroics, he couldn't stop Yakubu scoring a free header in his six yard area to make it 1-2. But in another twist of fate Jones bundled Yakubu over in a goal scoring position giving away another penalty and getting himself a yellow card(that should have been red).. The Yak had no trouble converting this time. But in a final twist of fate record signing Andy Carroll headed in Liverpool's winner in stoppage time. A very action packed game as I'm sure you'll agree.

   Wigan Athletic  1 - 0 Manchester United

Wigan pulled of a shocking victory against a United team who in all truth, deserved to lose. Wigan had a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for supposed obstruction of the keeper, which replays show was a bit harsh. But it was United's turned to complain this time when the ref ruled a corner which wasn't a corner to Wigan who converted through a curling drive from Shaun Maloney. But after bossing the game, with the goal they sat back and invited United pressure but in the end, they got three hard earned points while United gave their City rivals a route back into the title race.

Manchester City 4 - 0 West Brom

The Citizens took this opportunity and smashed four by a weak West Brom in the process. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after 6 minutes and double his tally 9 minutes after the restart with both being fine finishes. This time Aguero turned creator as his slid the ball back for the prodigal son (Carlos Tevez) to smash home. The scoring was capped off by David Silva with a delightful chip past a statuesque Ben Foster, a goal similar to on that Messi might score.

Queens Park Rangers 3 - 0 Swansea City

Ranger's gained new hope in their bid for survival after beating Swansea City with relative ease. Joey Barton was the first to score with a well taken finish after the Swans failed to clear Taarabt's free kick. Jamie Mackie scored the R's second after a deflection of Rangel took it past Michel Vorm. The final goal was a touch of quality with Akos Buzsaky first taking a touch before smashing the ball past Vorm from 25 yards. The result sees QPR leave the relegation zone level on points with Wigan. 

Wolves  0 - 3 Arsenal

Arsenal eased to victory over a weak Wolves side. Sebastien Bassong saw red for bundling over Theo Walcott when he was through on the keeper, top scorer Robin van Persie coolly converted the penalty past Wayne Hennessy. Theo Walcott scored 2 minutes later after he was played through by van Persie. It could have easily been a wash out from that point but Arsenal had to wait till the second half to score when Yossi Benayoun diverted his shot past the keeper. Wolves are looking in even more trouble now at the bottom of the table and it would take a miracle for them to get out, which is looking less likely after every game they play.

Sorry for the late review but I have been in London for a while in a hotel without my laptop and just to see my team throw away a lead at Wembley against our arch rivals. Thank you for reading.

Dan Broeders

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