Posted by: hillad | January 31, 2009

The Premiership – Week 24

As I write this Manchester United and Everton are concluding their match to end Saturday’s action in the English Premier League. None of the days matches really had that pull of an interesting match-up. That will be saved for tomorrow when Liverpool and Chelsea face each other in yet another Red versus Blue rivalry game. So lets take a look at some of the day’s matches…

Stoke City 1-0 Manchester City: Looks like Man City are still struggling with form issues with a disappointing effort against promotees Stoke. Rory Delap got sent off in the 37th min and James Beattie scored the only goal. Man City has a lot of work to do if they want to be considered in the upper eschelon of teams. Meanwhile Stoke get themselves out of the relegation zone for the time being, which I’m sure they’re pleased about.

Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: Arsenal keep on their sputtering ways. They have had a knack for not losing matches but draws aren’t good enough for a Champions League spot especially at home. Arsenal played the part of attacker and West Ham the defender in this match as Arsenal dominated in shots and possession. West Ham’s offensive opportunities were limited to counter attacks and set pieces. West Ham defended well though and while some of Arsenal’s efforts came close, they’ll be pleased with a point coming away from Ashburton Grove. Meanwhile, Arsenal fans expressed their displeasure with some booing at full time, I don’t blame them.

Aston Villa 0-0 Wigan: Aston Villa being in the much coveted 4th spot in the table had an opportunity to extend their lead on 5th place Arsenal but wound up with naught save a point. The home side did well to create some chances especially late on in the second half but Wigan were able to defend well enough to keep the ball out of the goal. Wigan has shown some good form of late and have made it up to 7th in the table, above “bigger” clubs of Man City, West Ham, Portsmouth, and not big but big spending Tottenham, good for them.

Bolton 3-2 Tottenham: While there were no goals in the two matches above, there were plenty of them in this match between Bolton and Tottenham. Bolton worked themselves into a 2-nil lead with goals from Sebastien Puygrenier and Kevin Davies. However, Tottenham’s Darren Bent scored two goals in the span of two minutes to even it up. Bolton had also given up a two goal lead in midweek and did the same again. To the Wanderer’s glee, Kevin Davies scored a header in the 87th to take all the points from the match and leave Tottenham yet again pointless…

Fulham 3-1 Portsmouth: The seat of boss Tony Adams just got hotter with another match coming away with no points. Portsmouth tried a variety of ways to crack the Fulham defense but were only able to get a late equalizer from David Nugent. Fulham took their opportunities when given the chance. Former Toffee Andy Johnson scored the opener and Erik Nevland adding a brace to the Fulham squad. I think its only a matter of time until Tony Adams gets the axe, and its a shame but some men just aren’t meant to be managers.

Hull City 2 – 2 West Bromwich Albion: Hull City continued on their poor form with dropped points at home. Hull played the better part in the match but only came away with a draw against relegation threatened WBA. West Bromwich will be pleased with an away point as their quest to get out of the relegation zone got a little brighter. Arsenal loanee Jay Simpson continued his fine form for the Baggies with a goal and Chris Brunt scored the equalizer from the spot. Hull City, meanwhile need to figure out a way to recapture their form from early in the season or else they might find themselves closer to the relegation spots…

Middlesbrough 0 – 0 Blackburn Rovers: Another nil-nil match for the week. Whats with all the lack of scoring? Anyway, Blackburn will gain a point from the match as they look to find a way out of the relegation zone. Since Sam Allardyce has arrived the Rovers have gone unbeaten which is impressive considering how poor the squad looked earlier in the season. Allardyce is a good manager and I’d be surprised if the Rovers got relegated. Truth be told Blackburn probably deserved all three points in this match as they created more chances than the Riverside home team.

Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton: The late match of this Saturday finished while I was writing this up. The only goal coming from a penalty taken by the player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United have been the best squad in the Premiership this season and wouldn’t be surprised if that was the only trophy they lifted this term. Going to Old Trafford is the toughest of challenges for any team and Everton gave it a go, but the home team won fairly comfortably. United went five points clear at the top and sent a message to Liverpool and Chelsea that they aren’t slowing down. American Tim Howard had a good match against his former club saving numerous shots from the Red Devils. The Toffees come away with nothing from the match but hell practically no one does from Old Trafford. Everton have to pick themselves up and get ready for their next match against rivals Liverpool in a FA Cup replay at Goodison on Wednesday.

Thats it for today, everyone have a good weekend. 

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