every weekend i think its been good but no more than the one we've just witnessed!!!!!!
a weekned where every.....yes EVERY premier league team managed to hit the onion bag at least once....and yes that even includes the haphazzard west ham in this stat!!!!!!!!!!
amazing i know!!!!!!!!!
this is the first time ever in the history of the premier league where each team has netted and a record 41 goals in total over the weekends fixtures.
is this a sign of times changing in englands top flight???
frankly.....no.....with scores like 7-1 it only shows the true difference in class between the top top temas and the teams trying to close the gap, a few bizarre results thrown in for good measure of course but the gulf in class shows over the 38 games.....
the illustrious berbatov.......the enigma of brilliance....the lazy fucker.......but still very capable of brilliant football, perhaps this is the reason why he looks so unfased by any game and seeming ease he chooses when or if at all he wants to produce, five goals for the talented bulgarian this week, after not scoring in 9 games, as manchester united put a dismal blackburn to the sword, then took out their bollocks and chopped them off aswell.
it could easily have been double figures in this game, united hit seven and wayne rooney was not even amongst the scorers, blackburn woke up to get a consolation but they didnt even deserve that, on a performance like this a championship side would've given them a pasting. big sam would have been fuming i can tell ya.
united went top, over taking an arsenal team who had earlier in the day gone to villa park and got a vital three points in the race for the title.
arsenal went two goals to the good, much deserved before the villa got a goal back allbeit through slightly dubious offside involving carew, the big man was seemingly blocking fabianski's view of the strike from clark as it flew past carews earhole into the corner.
arsenal then stepped up a gear to make sure they didnt let another two goal lead slip, chamahk got the third and it was pretty much all over until villa got a second and asked quetions of wengers men, in truth they were not in danger and wilshire rounded off the result with a neat finish to make it 2-4 an the 90th min.
manchester city went to stoke looking to hold onto the coat-tails and looked to have managed a great away win until a last gasp etterington goal snatched a point for a fighting stoke side, much to the disgust of mancini who must still be bemused at his teams lack of victories with so much talent in the side, and in turn putting his position back under the spotlight.......
at the other end it was a battle of relegations proportions.....west ham hosted wigan and it looked like the most un-appealing game that would follow.....quite the contrary, west ham looked sharp and adventurous with the return of scott parker giving the home side a back bone, which they have had none so far this season.
the hammers stormed into a three goal lead and even the fans weren't recognising the team they were watching, because it certainly didnt look like west ham!!!!!
wigan got their own consolation but did little to please their followers in an awful display.
west brom took their fans to goodison park to face david moyes' everton, a team who has struggled to come to terms with injuries yet again this season and after their defence had leaked two goals, the aussie goal scoring sensation tim cahill got on the sheet to give evertonians hope, until his partner in crime arteta was dismissed for violent conduct you sensed that the comeback wasn't going to materialize this time, subsequently the baggies got two more and confirmed the toffees were getting nothing to cheer about this weekend, fantastic away win but once again a poor performance from the losing side.
a couple of draws up next, fulham hosted birmingham, a mark hughes inspired fulham is yet to show up to any game as yet and he must still be fuming at his dismissal from city as he watches them make the same mistakes they did with him in charge, birmingham went ahead but fail to make their chances count as fulham were trying but getting nowhere, then dempsey popped up with another important strike to get the london club another valuable point.
the other draw on saturday was bolton at home to blackpool, the vice-versa side of the season, ian holloway is undoubtedly the character in the camp as he is the most animated coach around and with the results they've managed this year already you cant knock him one bit for his approach......just score one more than them.
in this game they were unfortunate to only get a point as they went two goals up at bolton where many teams come unstuck, more illustrious ones than blackpool with all due respect.
but bolton showed why the are in the heights of the division by battling back and pulling a couple of goals out when it was needed most, and dealt the blow to a blackpool side who had deserved all three points.
the last game on saturday was wolves against sunderland at molineux and what a corker it was!
the home side went ahead and kept a good sunderland side at bay until the black cats struck twice in quick succession to look like they were heading for a comeback for their battling manager bruce.
wolves had other ideas and looked to outfight sunderland in the last five mins as the wrath of their own manager would've singed the ears had they not done so, they hit the net twice more and ran out winners in another corking game.
sunday rolled in and the turn of chelsea at newcastle. the magpies have had some amazing results but they themselves have had a yo-yo season results wise so everyone was wondering what side would turn up, as were the travellind chelsea fans as they were hoping their recent form took an up turn.
they could be forgiven to have been expecting the same old story of late as alex's backpass split the ground between his goalkeeper cech and.......no-one, the keeper left hopeless as carroll chased down and tapped into the empty net.
chelsea rallied and to be honest battered their northern counterparts and got back into it on the stroke of half time through wonderful footwork from kalou.
the blues flew out of the blocks in the second half and no-one could deny them of expecting all 3 points as they had two goals chalked off and many chances they would normally be sticking away. newcastle held on and cheleas are now wobbling, but mark my words, in the coming two-three weeks they will absolutely hammer someone.
last up and by no means last was the mouth watering tottenham against liverpool.
spurs had had an amazing week which they were looking to finish off in style whilst the reds were trying to keep their up and down season back on the track....again.
both teams started well with attacking line-up's and chances were not long coming, lennon gave the awful konchesky an afternoon to forget, not once did the liverpool left back get within 5 yards of the flying winger as he crossed for modric to volley into reina's arms.
torres still not hundred percent was showing real class with flicks out of the top of top drawers but his striking partners not firing the bullets.
jamie carragher blocked a certain goal from defoe from six yards and liverpool fans were thinking this could be their day. and the visitors got the break through but not from one of the many attacking players on view but from skrtel!!! his header bounced back off of ngog and the defender showed great reactions to poke the ball home three mins from half time.
the imminent half time talk from harry and once again it worked, what does that man say????!!!!
spurs looked to have the bit between their teeth again and went at liverpool, the reds were now ruing the glaring miss from maxi on the stroke of half time as spurs pushed and pushed.
goal line clearances and missed chances came thick and fast and then david ngog heard a call saing 'who isnt good enough to play for liverpool' he duely put his hand up ala fabregas last week and spurs got the pen, defoe stepped up to miss, he has now missed three of his last four pens.
spurs kept on knocking and modric who was tottenhams best player skipped past three or four liverpool players and passed the ball accross the six yard line, every defenders nightmare, and skrtel had to do something, unfortunately for him it rolled into the net and let spurs back in.
liverpool kept going and chances were at both ends as torres was put through but seemed low on confidence as he took an extra touch instead of dispatching a trademark torres finish.
last chance saloon now and spurs were doing all the pressing, and a ball played straight through the middle, flicked on by crouch and lennon ghosted in past the dismal konchesky and controlled well and kept his calm to give spurs the three points.
the game of the season so far, attacking football from both teams, full of incident and not a red card or bad tackle in sight, everything a game of football should be........