So in a day where the top four were all putting their feet up it was up to Chelsea and their interim coach Roberto di Matteo to throw down the gauntlet and remind Arsenal and Spurs that they are still to be taken seriously. Their response was not exactly inspiring but they went back to the days when grinding out a result always served them well, and Ricardo Fuller’s inpromptu red card certainly helped them on their way.
Elsewhere at the bottom of the table, four of the five teams had contrived to clash on this particular afternoon, Bolton and QPR being the first to lock horns. The talking point will inevitably be yet another goal that will not be scribbled down in the record books, when it clearly should be. The debate for goal line technology will inevitably rise again as a result and true to form, the team who suffered the injustice lost the game. Goes to show that a bulging kitty can buy good players, but can’t account for things like that.
The second of these two vital clashes saw confidence-stricken Wolves take on my Premier League team, Blackburn Rovers. In a game of obvious importance to both it was Blackburn that did the running. Junior Hoilett was providing a constant threat and Mauro Formica decided to turn up today and put in a number of probing crosses. For Wolves however, there is real cause for concern. In a game of such importance there was no drive and no imagination. Matt Jarvis was the main threat but he didn’t get going until the last half an hour. The defending at times was woeful. Granted it took a bit of class from Hoilett in the form of his second goal to settle the contest, but even at 1-0 there was little to no threat for a Blackburn team who had not kept a clean sheet all season. In all honesty, there was never any danger of Blackburn conceding today.
Elsewhere, increasingly disgruntled Liverpool fans that I know are beginning to run out of patience with King Kenny. My friend who was at the game was disgusted with the performance and saved particular malice for Charlie Adam, politely suggesting he should eff off in the Summer. Whilst it’s perhaps unfair to single out Adam, he has certainly failed to replicate his Blackpool form. For Sunderland however, Martin O’Neil’s magic just keeps on going.
The final game of the day saw a largely uneventful tussle between Aston Villa and Fulham. It doesn’t take a genius to see that Fulham are a different team when away from their beloved Cottage. Why this is the case is difficult to pinpoint. It was left to Andreas Weimann to score his first goal for the club and condemn Fulham to yet another gloomy coach trip home.