Monday, 21 January 2008

Weekend Reaction

Man City 1-1 West Ham

Things I thought I'd never say, pt1. Carlton Cole scored a fabulous goal to help West Ham to a draw. City have started to drop points in the league and need to keep with the pace if they are going to get Champions League. At the moment, it doesn't look good.

Wigan 1-2 Everton

Joleon Lescott is a fantasy football team's dream. He scores a lot of goals and helps keep Everton tight at the back. The cup competitions may distract and tire them in the coming months but on current form, it should be a battle for 4th.

Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea really rode their luck on this one. That the useless Pizarro scored the winner was rough justice. The machine rolls on and there hasn't been a whimper from Grant about injuries, in contrast to his illustrious predecessor. When Anelka starts scoring, and Drogba returns there should be a 3 way battle for the championship, especially as Arsenal and United have to go to the Bridge.

Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough

The forgotten Derbyshire rescued a point for Blackburn. Middlesbrough have their problems but they are successfully bringing youth through to the first team - in Wheater they have a highly promising centre back (and goalscorer). The contrast is Derbyshire's bench warming in a queue behind Santa Cruz, McCarthy and Roberts. Excellent last summer in the under-21 Euro Championships, Maceo Rigters is nowhere to be seen.

Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
How good is Clichy as an attacking full back? He's the equal of Evra at least

Newcastle 0-0 Bolton
It had to happen didn't it? Things I thought I'd never say, pt2 - Keegan in bore 0-0 shocker. Hands up who still thinks it was Sam's fault....

Portsmouth 3-1 Derby
Wayhey! 3 home goals. Against Derby. There is tougher work ahead for Pompey who have slid down the table. Their loss of momentum, and their ANC players unavailable make this a crucial few weeks in their quest for Europe

Reading 0-2 Man Utd
Again Reading troubled United, but superior finishing got the points. Van der Sar is showing some inappropriate rushes of blood to the head, just like the tail-end of last season

Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
Playing Huddlestone at centre back was one of those decisions that could have back fired massively, he's even slower than Jaap Stam and milk would turn quicker. His passing ability is top drawer but where to play him? In defence where he could make a costly mistake or in midfield where the pace is high? Ramos will deserve his money if he figures that one out. Tom - head off to Spain or Italy

Mark

2 comments:

darmcv said...

Cracking pod there last week chaps. Did you hear the commentator for Setanta likening Rafa to "not a dead man walking, but rather a wounded man bleeding"!!!!! Great stuff. Good game if you vehemently dislike Pool, as I unashamedly do. Stevie G anonymous yet again, though the SUN made him their Star man, obvioulsly an attempt to repair some of the damage done by the hooligan hillsbrough affair...

Mark said...

cheers Dar, didn't see the match last night, suffering with a cold and on my sick bed (ok, on my couch watching Heroes)...

JJ will be blogging tomorrow, he's on a working holiday. i'm searching for a supersub for the pod this week, but i don't think it'll happen