Game of the weekend
Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Two years unbeaten at home – unbeaten all season – Sergio Aguero – ninety three minutes and twenty seconds – Q.P.R – final day. Months of Manchester City runs, months of repeats, reminders and torment for Manchester United, came to an end as they tasted revenge of the sweetest kind.
Robin van Persie’s injury time winner gave United a vital three points over neighbours City to put them six points clear at the top of the table.
United had raced into a two nil half time lead thanks to a brace from Wayne Rooney but City showed their mental strength again by pulling the game back to 2-2 with just five minutes to go. A wrongly disallowed third United goal and a possible penalty were insignificant as Robin van Persies 91st minute free kick deflected off a half arsed Samir Nasri to secure the points.
A pulsating Derby ended on a sour note as City fans raged in the stands. Coins pelted down as the United players celebrated their victory with Rio Ferdinand suffering a cut eye. For Manchester City it was very typical, throwing money at their problems once again. Problems which extend to being out of Europe and off the pace in the title race, but after recovering from an eight point lead with just five games to play last season, you’d be a fool to write them off just yet.
West Ham AKA England ‘B'(more on this later) 2-3 Liverpool
The question of how Liverpool would cope without the loveable Luis Suarez was answered emphatically as they hit the net three times in another excellent game. Glen Johnson’s stunning opener showed all his prowess going forward but he was exposed defensively again as West Ham turned things around before half time.
That was as good as it got for Big Sam’s men though as Liverpool turned it around in the second half. Former footballer Joe Cole surprising everyone (including himself) by equalising, before a man named Jonjo forced James Collins into scoring an own goal. Liverpool have now won their last two games, the first time they’ve done this since the backpass rule was introduced. They also now find themselves just a few points off the Champions League places.
Everton 2-1 Tottenham
Tottenhams nack for bottling rared its ugly head again as they threw away a lead for the seventh time this season. American Gangster Clint Dempsey had put Spurs ahead with probably the worse goal you’ll see all season but two injury time goals won it for Everton. The race for fourth continues to heat up but it appears to be a race that nobody actually wants to win.
Best of the Rest
Arsenal beat West Brom thanks to two suspicious penalties, unfortunately for Arsenal they’re so far down the table that nobody actually cared, except for maybe West Brom.
Fernando Torres kept up his run of scoring against terrible opposition as he struck twice during Chelsea’s 3-1 away win at Sunderland.
Harry Redknapp has turned Q.P.R from the team that never win….. into the team that still never win, two goals a piece as they were held at Wigan.
Aston Villa and Stoke took some throw ins in a stalemate at Villa Park, Norwich continued their very strange unbeaten run as they shared a seven goal thriller with Swansea, whilst Southampton beat Reading.
And finally on Monday Night Alan Pardew’s eight year deal lost 2-1 at Fulham.
Too Good Too Bad
Manchester United Coin Throwing Watch
It appears a Manchester United player(s) scoring and celebrating a goal, is the signal for opposition fans to pelt them with coins. At Stamford Bridge Javier Hernandez suffered from the torrent of copper and at the Etihad on Sunday it was the whole United team.
Perhaps it’s time Sir Alex had a word with his players for having the audacity to score and celebrate goals. If this disgusting behaviour continues from Fergie’s boys, you’d hope the FA would step in and have some words.
West Ham England ‘B’/ Big Sam job application
Still disillusioned with not getting the England job, Sam Allardyce is using West Ham as his personal experiment…this personal experiment?…. to finish in the top six of the Premier League by using English players – not good enough to play for England.
At one stage on Sunday West Ham’s team included SIX English players – Noble, Nolan, Jarvis, Taylor, Cole and Tomkins.
Players who’ve either a) been mistakenly capped or called up by England, or b) mistakenly mentioned for possible England call ups. Gary O’Neil and the unplayable Andy Carroll both missed Sundays match but fall into the above categories.
Rafael Benitez non celebration
Last week against West Ham, Chelsea’s first goal under Benitez was greeted by the return of his famous non celebration.
This famous non celebration involves Rafael Benitez refusing to smile or show any emotion or joy in response to the fact his team has just scored a goal. Instead it involves Benitez making several obnoxious tactical hand gestures, as if he’s just single handedly crafted the goal himself.