Weekend Round Up
Another exhilarating weekend of football was on show this weekend as lots of ups and downs occured all over the league table. Here are the results and key points from all the games :
Swansea City 0 - 2 Newcastle United
Cisse 5, 69
A very controversial game took place at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea having two very contentious decisions go in there favour. They dominated the first half but couldn't find a way past the brilliant Al Habsi. Until the 62nd minute where Ivanovic, who was clearly in an offside position netted for his team. Wigan fought their way back into the game and eventually got their goal through Diame. But to heighten the controversy, Mata scored for Chelsea eight minutes later where the ball came to him again in an offside position but again, the officials didn't stop the move and Chelsea took all three points in a game they really didn't deserve to.
Norwich City 2 - 2 Everton FC
Howson 39 Holt 76 Jelavic 22, 61
A hotly contested game at Carrow Road ended in a 2-2 draw. Nikica Jelavic shone for Everton as he twice put his team ahead only for January transfer Howson and Grant Holt to bring their team back level. Norwich probably deserved the victory more but in the end will feel lucky that they got a point out of the game.
Bolton Wanderers 0 - 3 Fulham
Dempsey 30, 45 Diarra 80
Clint Dempsey was the star of the show for Fulham who put a big dent in Bolton's bid for survival. In the 30th minute, Dempsey smashed a 30 yard free kick into the top corner and later was found brilliantly by Damien Duff to nod in his second. Diarra added the third goal after a good passing move by Fulham. Apart from one or two breaks Bolton really didn't look threatening at all and need to pull their act together if they are to stay in the division.
West Bromwich Albion 3 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
Olsson (og) 7, Fortune 69, Ridgewell 85
West Brom easily saw off a weak Blackburn side to win comfortably. An error from Jonas Olsson saw the ball in his own net and for the rest of the half, Blackburn looked dead and drab. After the break however they came out fighting but couldn't find the net. Something that wasn't hard for Fortune who found himself with the ball after atrocious defending from Blackburn and smashed the ball past Robinson, Liam Rigdewell added a header towards the end of the game to seal the deal for Roy Hodgson's side.
Stoke City 2 -1 Wolves
Huth 37 Crouch 61 Kightly 21
Another poor game from Wolves sees them lose more desperately needed points at the Brittania. They had started brightly and Kightly inadvertently gave his side the lead when a through ball wasn't dealt with by Asmir Begovic and went straight in. Then hey just stopped and invited pressure from the home side who leveled the score with Robert Huth and in the second half finished off Wolves with Crouch's well taken header. The result means Wolves stay six points adrift of 19th and are almost certain for the drop.
Liverpool FC 1 - 1 Aston Villa
Suarez 82 Herd 10
Another game, another disappointment as Liverpool are held at home by Aston Villa. The home side started the brightest but after just 10 minutes found themselves behind after a cracking goal by Chris Herd. Liverpool wasted chance after glorious chance until finally the Villains resolve broke down and Luis Suarez headed his team level from 2 yards out. The result sees no change in the table for either side.
Sunderland Athletic 0 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur
By far the most boring game at the weekend this game that looked set to produce a cracker produced not very much at all. Both teams neutralized each other after a bright start and the only chance of real note fell to Van der Vaart who had two of his shots blocked by two different defenders. An opportunity for Tottenham to go fourth that was not taken.
Manchester United 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers
Rooney (pen) 15, Scholes 68
Manchester United wrapped up an easy victory against QPR that may not have been as easy had Shaun Derry got a straight red and conceded a penalty for laying a hand on Ashley Young who had recieved the ball in an offside position. Rooney converted it and it looked like it would be a whitewash but all of United's possession counted for nothing and Paul Scholes scored the game's only other goal to see United triumph and go eight points clear of rivals Manchester City.
Arsenal FC 1 - 0 Manchester City
Arsenal beat Manchester City for the first time this season to go up to third and make City fall eight points behind United. Arsenal had numerous chances to win the game with Van Persie having his header cleared off the line by his team mate Vermaelen and with Benayoun and Vermaelen again squandering chances when mere yards from the goal line. But three minutes from the end, Mikel Arteta thumped a shot past Joe Hart to win his team the game. Balotelli who was again the centre of attention got sent off which led to Mancini saying that he wants to sell him in the summer.
Thank you for reading my blog, I will do another review on Thursday for all of the midweek fixtures and maybe before or after an article on whether technology should be brought into the game (not just goal line technology but technology for offsides, fouls and incorrect decisions from refs) until then, Arrivederci!