Some high scoring games today in the English Premiership with 17 goals out of the 5 games.
Aston Villa 4 – Blackburn Rovers 1
This was a game that at half-time you didn’t expect to end so high scoring. Not to say there were not chances. Robinson saved Bent’s shot early on, who was bright all game. He spun round in the penalty box and fell, but no penalty was given and nor did Bent appeal for one, where as the rest of the Villa players did. Pires had a shot go wide, as he wasnt able to fully wrap his foot around it, and then was later denied by Robinson. Pires was playing a more central role and it seemed to have worked well. He may have lost some pace in his legs, but not in his brain. Pires put in a chipped shot/pass that Robinson saved and then Bent seemed to hesitate and Robinson had the time to dive and knock it away. The first should have seen a goal or two for Villa, but ended godless, and with the second half, almost saw Blackburn take the lead, but Brad Friedel kept out his fellow countryman Jermaine Jones shot with his feet. But Aston Villa soon took the lead when on the 49th minute Young was brought down but Keith Andrews, leading to a penalty that Young scored himself. Albrighton had a good game and when he dribbled down the left-hand side had a cross blocked by the veteran Salgado leading to a corner. Young whipped it in to the near post which Andrews headed clear across goal for another corner. Downing put the resulting corner in and Dunne headed it wide, but Albrighton collected it and put in a low cross and in the six yard box, amongst the hoard of players, it went off the 19 year old Scot Grant Hanley for an own goal. Villa’s third goal came, in-part to some good refereeing, when Young, who was blocked off by Nelson but no foul was given and good advantage was played, had put the ball out to the on coming Downing to dribble in and score nicely slotted home. It was a very nice goal scored with the inside of his left foot. Nelson was later booked for the foul on Young. Kalinic scored a deflected shot of Dunne on the 81st but it was nothing but a consolation goal. Aston Villa soon struck again when Downing dribbling down the right hand side passed the ball to an unmarked Young who duly put it away into the top corner.
Everton 2 – Sunderland 0
Sunderland have not been on the form as of late and were hoping to change that today, but after 8 minutes, Steve Bruce must have known that wasnt going to be the case, when Jermain Beckford scored. Osman put in a great ball that Beckford controlled and then shot. It was going goalwards when it hit Bramble, but you couldn’t call it an own goal, it was Beckford’s. Sunderland did almost equalise when Sessengnon’s shot pulled out a fingertip save by er Howard to tip it onto the underside of the bar to bounce clear. If he hadn’t got his fingers to it, it would have hit the underside and more than likely gone in, it was a great save by Tim Howard. Everton and Beckford got their second when Mikel Arteta dribbled his way into the, and then with a step over got past his man and pulled it back for Beckford who ,with a scuffed shot, scored. Beckford had chances to get a hat-trick but was unable and was taken off for Cahill. Everton had chances, one fell to Osman, then Saha and Coleman but Everton were unable to convert their chances. Minglot may have had 2 go past him, but he did well to keep the scoreline a much more respectable. When Minglot was rounded Osman shot but the ball was cleared off the line by Ahmed El Mohamady. It’s a shame, as he deserved a goal today. Sunderland were nowhere near as good as they can be, and will be looking to get back to their good form sooner rather than later.
Newcastle United 1 – Bolton 1
Newcastle started brightest and Leon Best looked to continue his current good form, and was just wide with his curling shot from just outside the box. Lovenkrands then flicked a home. shot with the outside of his boot but Jaaskelainen was quick to it and put it out for a corner. It a poor corner which was over hit, but new Toon hero Tiote ran it down and crossed it in for Nolan to header it home. It wasnt a typical powerful header, but a controller guided one. Newcastle had a great chance to make it 2-0 when the forward running Enrique crossed it a brilliant ball, which looked destined to be headed in wasnt, and when it bounced to Best, it look easy to score, but the Bolton defenders did well to quickly close him down, and shut out any opportunity. Bolton did not give up under this pressure and on the attack took advantage of Newcastle trying to pass the ball out of defence. As Bolton lost the ball in their attack initially, but instead of clearing it, Coloccini passed it to Tiote who tried to pass it to Enrique but Elmander intercepted it and passed it for who else to score, Daniel Sturridge, who coolly put it away. Four goals in Four games now. Things got worse for Newcastle in the second half when Ryan Taylor was sent off for a reckless two footed challenge on Elmander. Enrique put it a great cross and Nile Ranger headed it home, but was just off side. With losing Carroll but still having Enrique and co able to deliver such great crosses, Newcastle need to spend some of that money they got on a good aerial striker, otherwise it will be a waste of such great delivery. Tiote has signed a new contract for six years, but Enrique has yet to commit, and if Newcastle don’t let him know their intentions, he may leave at the end of the season which, with his current form, would be a disaster for Newcastle
Wigan 0 – Manchester United 4
The games started well for Wigan, who had a chance to score when Victor Moses latched on to a poor outside of the boot pass/clearance by Scholes of all people but was unable to put it past Van der Sar who stood up to thE shot. In fairness, it was straight at him, and with a bit more composure Moses could have made the keeper work more for the save. The resulting corner caused a Manchester united attack with Hernandez running at goal, but Figueroa did well and put in a timely tackle and cleared the ball. Wigan were soon left to rue the missed chances when on the 17th minute Hernandez scored a tap in from inside the 6 yard box from Nani’s low driven cross. It was a cool calm finish, which he made look easy. Wigan did have a chance to draw level, when Moses cut in from the left and crossed low when did a nice back heel to McCarthy who’s shot was saved by the on coming Van der Sar. Manchester United were unable to extend their lead in the first half but came close when he hit the post and the ball bounced out clear from danger. In the second half again Wigan missed the opportunity to go level when Figueroa wasnt closed downa and decided to unleash a great long range effort and even though it swerved in the air the diving Van der Sar saved it. Nani was a constant threat and dribbled his way through but was unable to score and Wigan’s keeper Al-Habsi saved well, and then saved a again a short while later, but was unable to keep hold of it, but United didn’t manage to convert it. United did finally extend their lead on the 74th minute when than man Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez score again. The goal came from United’s goal kicked, which Hernandez flicked down to Rooney with his left, Rooney took a slight touch before returning it to Hernandez, who carried on running where as the defender marking him was drawn to Rooney, and slide it past Al-Habsi with his right foot. United made sure of the victory on the 84th minute when from Wigan’s attack, when O’Shea but in an earlier pass down field to the substitute Berbatov, who came on for Hernandez, who carried the ball down field and then pulled it across for Rooney to tap home, rather than try for himself. A very unselfish act from Berbatov. Rooney maybe shouldnt have scored though, as he was lucky the referee had not seen an incident that had happen at the beginning of the match when Rooney elbowed McCarthy in the head. The referee gave the foul for the incident, but not for an elbow, a curious decision. The 4th goal was scored by Fabio, scoring his first goal for United on the 87th
Wolves 4 – Blackpool 0
What a difference four days make. On Tuesday Blackpool beat Tottenham, but today get well beaten by Wolves. One thing is for certain with a game involving Blackpool, and that is that there are going to be goals. Maybe not always in their favour, but goals none the less. And you didn’t have to wait for the first goal today at Molineux when Mathew Jarvis scored a nice sided footed goal on the 2nd minute. Blackpool almost replied instantly when Vaughan’s bending cross just needed the slighted touch to go in. The cross its self almost when in it was that close. Wolves almost made it 2-0 when Edwards shot was well saved by Kingson. O’Hara did well to get the ball in for Edwards. Things got worse for Blackpool when DJ Campbell was sent off for pushing Stearman in the face. Stearman himself was lucky not to be booked or sent off as he had originally pushed Campbell. It was not want Blackpool needed especially so close to half-time. With the second underway, Wolves had much more of the game. and Kingson made some great saves to keep them in the game. But Wolves did finally get their second on the 54th when O’Hara’s low driven shot was unable to be saved this time by Kingson. O’Hara had another pop at goal but was unable to keep it on target but then Sylvan Ebanks-Blake got Wolves third on the 79 and then their 4th at the death on the 90th. Ebanks-Blake couldn’t have scored an easier goal for his first when he tapped in Doyle’s cross from only a few inches out. The second was a little bit trickier when he controlled it, ran it into the box, and made the space and did well to convert the shot. Wolves were deserving winners today.