Monday, 7 February 2011

Goals Goals Goals!!!!!!

43 goals this weekend in the Premier League!!!!!! Yup....43!!!!!!!
The record breaking weekend bought up some brilliant attacking football and some amazing results, with three of the top five clubs getting beaten!!!!
I can only start with what was being billed as 'the game of the weekend' and 'striker showdown' with Chelsea hosting Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
The build up to this game was spicy to say the least, and that was before Liverpool's star striker Fernando Torres jumped ship and departed for the lights of London to join up with the blue's in a staggering £50 million deal on deadline day just days ago!!!!
So the debut date was set and couldn't have been written any better than Torres to face his old club the next weekend. Liverpool fans were livid at the way he had dictated the transfer seemingly out of nowhere, and therefor he was going to get some stick, and added to that, a jibe that he had no joined a 'big club' also stoked the fire upon Merseyside no doubt.
Liverpool lined up with their new acquisition Luis Suarez warming the bench as King Kenny went with a solid line up up against a Chelsea side that looked on paper to be frightening.
Early mistakes by the red's let Chelsea get an early grip on the game but as the clock ticked Liverpool gradually started to control the game and fashioned a great chance for Maxi Rodriguez who somehow managed to hit the bar from two yards as the goal was left gaping.
Torres had a half chance but was foiled by the ever sprightly Carragher, as he flew across the floor to block the Spaniard's effort.
After the break Chelsea did come out fighting and had much of the possession, but Liverpool limited the hosts to long range efforts which were never looking like troubling Reina in the Liverpool goal.
Then the telling moment of the match as a mix up between Cech and Ivanovic left the ball glide between them, and the free scoring Meireles smashed the ball into the net putting the visitors ahead.
They then continued to control the game and albeit for a couple of half-hearted penalty claims, the blue's never really looked like scoring and the stats confirmed this with the home side only managing one shot on target in the whole game.
So sweet, instant revenge for the red's faithful with Torres in mind but for the Londoners it would worry me more that they were not creating anything....
So the future looking brighter for the red's, and suddenly they are back in contention for a top four finish, an amazing turn around from the days where people were looking at them in the relegation zone!!!!! My opinion is that they will finish 5th, just at whose expense????.....
Wolves vs Manchester United.......forgone conclusion we all thought and when United took the lead you could have forgiven the Wolves fans if they thought the worse, but Mick McCarthy's team had other ideas.
As they have many times this season, without getting the results for their efforts, Wolves battled back and went ahead just before half time.
The golden boys held on in the second half and added United to their scalps this season of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Arsenal travelled to Newcastle and a club that had their own transfer saga concerning Andy Carroll, who in the end replaced Torres at Anfield in a £35 million deal, but didn't manage to get a replacement for themselves, so you could see why they were expecting the worse when the gunners arrived in the north east.
And after ten mins you couldn't find a reason to keep them watching as Arsenal went 3-0 up and looked like the floodgates were not going to shut!
A fourth followed and many of the Magpies' followers were already heading for the exits, and the half time tea had not even been boiled up yet!
Then five minutes after the break Diaby was red carded after a clash with, who-else but Joey Barton.
The game was dead and buried as far as everyone was concerned but the half paced cruise to the line didn't materialise, instead the black and white army that had stayed got the comeback of all comebacks as two 'dubious' penalties paved the way and sandwiched in between was a Best strike and the dramatic comeback was completed in the 87th min with Tiote netting to earn Newcastle a most unlikely point, and I'm sure a hairdryer dressing room for the Arsenal players!
This was not the end of dramatic games, Wigan and Blackburn fought out a 4-3, Aston Villa and Fulham shared four gaols and ended up 2-2, Stoke even shared five goals with Sunderland as they run out 3-2 winners but the most dramatic game left to talk about was at Goodison.
Everton played host to Blackpool, a side with huge results against the big sides this year.
The home side started well and went ahead but only to be pegged back before half time. Then the home side went ahead again just after the break, the away side suddenly remembered their half time instructions as they rallied and again drew level, and then went ahead much to the surprise of everyone!
Twenty-five mins left Everton had to start again, they managed to pull level on 76, but then went ahead on 80 mins!
The home fans were going crazy and so was the score, and just as the goal flurry looked to have finished the home side added a fifth in the 84th minute and ended Blackpool's resilience.
Brom come to an end either!!
Crazy weekend and proof that the English League is the best league in the world.....

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