Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Liverpool beat United to stay in touch

Well what a weekend that was for Liverpool fans, going into the game against Man Utd on the back of four successive defeats and with pressure mounting on Rafa Benitez, it had to go and happen didn’t it?

In a weekend that saw just one other team in the top eight recording victory, Liverpool beat Man Utd 2-0 thanks to goals from Fernando Torres & Michael Ngog, but United were simply not good enough on the day, and Liverpool took full advantage of it, and fully deserved the win, however, questions on whether Jamie Carragher should have remained on the pitch after he hauled down Michael Owen when he would have been through on goal.

Two players who did see red though were Man Utd’s Nemanja Vidic, and Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano, who were sent off for second bookable offences in separate incidents.

So United failed to climb back to the top of the table, and Chelsea will be more than happy with that outcome as they keep their lead at the top, thanks largely to a 5-0 hammering of swine flu hit Blackburn Rovers. Frank Lampard grabbing a couple there, and as mentioned two weeks ago, he was worth a punt on the betting front following his recent goal drought.

Arsenal failed to take advantage of a two goal lead at West Ham as two goals in the last 16 minutes were enough to pull a point out of this affair, Carlton Cole & Alessandro Diamanti were the heroes for the Hammers, after Van Persie & Gallas had put the Gunners two up.

Tottenham were another club to not take advantage of a chance to go top on Saturday, as they fell to a home defeat, 1-0 against Stoke, with Glenn Whelan grabbing the winner just 4 minutes from time.

Man City were yet another one to mess up at the weekend, a 2-2 draw at home to Fulham, who produced a great fightback for the second season running. City had taken a two goal lead thanks to Joleon Lescott & Martin Petrov, but goals from Damien Duff & Clint Dempsey put Fulham right back in it in a mad 15 minute spell where all four goals were banged in.

Aston Villa were on their way to recording a derby day win at Wolves, but Gabi Agbonlahor’s goal 11 minutes from time wasn’t enough, as a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake penalty pulled Wolves level just four minutes later.

Sunderland also slipped to defeat, and no beach balls to help them out this week, as Birmingham took the points through goals from Liam Ridgewell and James McFadden, but made life difficult for themselves when an own goal from Scott Dann made it an uncomfortable end to the match, but the men from St Andrews held on.

Burnley’s fantastic home form came to an end, as Roberto Martinez guided Wigan to victory at Turf Moor, Hugo Rodallega scored twice, whilst Emmerson Boyce scored the other, after Steven Fletcher had originally given the Clarets the lead early on.

In the big game at the bottom of the table, the match was devoid of goals, as Hull took on Portsmouth, and Pompey remain at the foot of the table.

Finally, a bad week for Everton as they followed up their 5-0 defeat at Benfica in the UEFA Cup, with a 3-2 defeat at Bolton, this after they had come back from a 2-0 deficit to Wanderers. Chung-Yong Lee had set Bolton on their way before Gary Cahill put them two up, before a spirited comeback from Everton saw Louis Saha hit a cracker, followed by Marouane Fellaini’s belter, but it all meant nothing as Ivan Klasnic picked himself up from what looked a serious injury, but scored moments later to net the winner for Bolton.

That’s it for the review of the week, to come next weekend, it’s the North London derby as Arsenal face Tottenham at the Emirates, could it end 4-4 again?

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