This Weekends football gave us something to talk about with penalties, goals, disallowed goals, Hat-tricks, goal heroes and goalkeeper heroics. so here is a round up of the weekends matches.
Arsenal 6 – Blackpool 0
Maybe this was an expected score line but it wasn’t an expect performance from Blackpool. The scoring starting with Theo Walcott getting his first goal of the new season with a typical arsenal goal filled with precise fast movement and passing, a cool calm finish from Walcott which pleased all arsenal fans. But Blackpool had their chances to equalise with a heading going wide which maybe shouldn’t have. Nut on the 32nd minute disaster struck as Ian Evatt was deemed to have fouled Chamakh in the area giving away a penalty and being sent off. But replays show that it may have been just outside. Arshavin converted the penalty confidently and with now 10 men and two goals down it looked hard for Blackpool to get back in the game, but Ian Holloway doesn’t play boring football and the changes in the game he did make where not to stifle arsenal but to play football which is commendable but in the ended only helped arsenal to show off their talents. Walcott made it three and then after the break Diaby scored to make it for. Walcott rounded of a nice hat-trick before Chamakh managed to get his name on the score sheet and bag his first premier league goal. Blackpool fans enjoyed their day out staying after the match to cheer their team off the field
Birmingham 2 – Blackburn 1
with the first half being overseen by referee Michael Oliver who become the youngest referer in premiership history and he was called into action when he gave Blackburn a penalty for Zigic fouling Samba. Blackburn failed to take the lead though with new signing Ben Foster making an amazing save. But Blackburn did finally take the lead five minutes later with a headed goal form N’Zonzi who
only moments before had threatened the goal in the same way. Birmingham didn’t give up though and with two goals from Craig Gardener gave Birmingham the win but Ben Foster’s saved will be remembered by fans as he undoubtably helped them win the game.
Everton 1 – Wolves 1
Everton havent had the start to the season they had hoped for but David Moyes wont panic but will want more from his team as the season carries on. but Mick McCarthy will be happy with the start wolves have made as they try to push on from last season and build on their stature in the premiership. the first half had a lot of the action with John Heitinga smashing a shot from long-range which was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Marcus Hahnemann. Arteta had been fouled in the box but like in the Arsenal game where Chamkah was fouled outside and a penalty was awarded Arteta was fouled in the box but only a free kick was awarded by referee Lee Mason. But it didn’t matter as later Arteta’s Free-kick struck the Wolves wall and rebounded for Cahill to smash into the roof of the net. Ebanks-Blake equalised in the second half in a game that Everton should have won with Saha going close to scoring but his header went over.
Stoke 1 – Tottenham 2
Controversy will probably be remembered in this game more than Bale’s amazing goal which is a shame as it was a contender for goal of the season. Tottenham took the lead with a very fortunate goal where the ball was being cleared and hit Gareth Bale in the face to go in, its fair to say bale didn’t know a think about it until it was in. stoke drew back level with a goal from Ricardo Fuller with a typical stoke goal from a dead ball. Gomes was back to his shaky ways which wont please spurs fans and stop had chances to win the game and later on the game the controversy came as stoke had thought they had scored but the ball was deemed to have not crossed over the line though seeing in the replays it does seem as if it may have. But in the end it wasn’t given and it was bale amazing volley that won the game. Aaron Lennon did brilliantly to get past his man and when it looked as if he had ran himself into problems he looked up and put in a great cross which Bale volleyed in having to reach high for it showing great skill to control the volley and score.
West Brom 1- Sunderland 0
new signing peter Odemwingie scored on his debut to give the baggies a win over Steve Bruce’s Sunderland in a game that looked as if it was going to be a draw. Both teams fought hard for possession as both teams seemed
to take turn to attack. but as Sunderland seemed to be on the push Odemwingie who only signed for West Brom two days earlier managed to poke home the winner. West Brom fans will be hoping that this is the first of many for the pacey Nigerian striker
West Mam 1 – Bolton 3
Avram Grant hasn’t had the dream start at west ham he would have hoped for as they lost to a positive Bolton 3-1. not being able to score goals may be a problem as they have brought in strikers and still have other transfers lined up but maybe some extra defensive help will be needed as the season continues. west ham had control of the first half and should have gone in at the break 1-0 up all but for Carlton Cole’s poor penalty that Jaaskelainen easily saved. Saying that Jaaskelainen had another great game and carries on showing how goalkeepers ability don’t get worse with age but can seem to get better. Upson scored an own goal and Elmander scored twice which will please Bolton fans as they would like to see him score more goals as he only managed to score five goals last season. West ham had a concelation goal when Frank Nouble Converted a penalty on the 78 minute
Wigan 0 – Chelsea 6
Chelsea score 6 again but Drogba doesn’t get on the score sheet but does get man of the match. With the goal flowing at the moment for Chelsea if they carry on with the attractive football they are playing no one will begrudge them if they win the premiership again this season. Malouda started the scoring on the 34 minute and that was followed by Nicolas Anelka on the 48 and again on the 52nd. Kalou managed to get a brace himself and at the death Benayoun scored him first premiership goal for Chelsea.
Drogba having a major part in four of the goals and was apart of the set up of the first. Chelsea were just to strong and you could see the enjoyment and freedom they were playing in, something for most of theplayers that were at the world cup didn’t have.
Newcastle 6 – Aston Villa 0
How the game could have been different if Carew had kept his cool and didn’t blaze over that penalty. But he did and Newcastle took that chance and ran with it. There wasn’t one bad player on the park for Newcastle and some really shone. Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll. Even Xisco had a good game, which a few years ago no one thought that would be said. Barton got the first gaol before Nolan got the second and Carroll ended thefirst half scoring to make it three. And after the second half the goals didn’t stop there with Kevin Nolan getting his second of the game and Carroll getting the other two to get his first hat trick of the season.
Newcastle fans with be ecstatic with the win n and the performance that went with it and will hope that this is just a flash in the pan and that this can keep going to make a solid run in the premiership.
Fulham 2 – Manchester united 2
Manchester didn’t capitalise all they could to win this game as they drew with Fulham with a 90+ minute goal form Hangeland. Scholes scored his 150 goal for Manchester united with a beautiful low shot from out 30yards out to man u and early lead. Fulham got back in the game with a goal from Davies which was beautiful crafted with the help of duff and Zamora. Van Der Sar kept Man Utd in the game with great saves, which is something that everyone has come to expect from him, But Man Utd got back in the lead with a fortunate deflection of Hangeland in the 84th minute and only minutes later they got the chance to close the door on Fulham with a penalty but Nani couldn’t convert it. And with the seconds ticking by Fulham won a corner and Berde Hangeland redeemed himself for the unlucky deflection with a great leap and better header. No doubt with both Chelsea and Arsenal winning 6-0 sir Alex Ferguson wont be happy with the loss of 2 points
Well a very interesting Weekend in the Premiership with Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United all scoring 6 and Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott getting Hat-tricks. Manchester United dropping points while new signing Ben Foster for Birmingham from Manchester United helps them win their game. The emergence of a young new referee and goal line disputes still rife and goals for Odemwingie and Chamkah, their first goals for their new clubs in the Premiership. A great Weekend of Football and a great build up for the Monday Night tie Manchester City V Liverpool at the Eastlands.