I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t expecting too much in the way of entertaining football from the fixtures on Sunday and Monday.
I expected Wolves V West Brom to be a physical encounter with nerves and little football, Stoke and Arsenal to just be just going through the motions with Stoke saving themselves for the FA Cup final and Arsenal not really fancying it (ok so I got the Arsenal bit right).
I thought that Manchester United would be cautious and keep it tight against Chelsea knowing that a draw would be enough and I expected Fulham V Liverpool to also be a close game with both sides cancelling each other out.
How wrong could I have been with 18 goals from the 4 games, and over the course of the weekend all 10 premier league teams found the net.
Starting at the top and Wolves V West Brom was entertaining with Roy Hodgson’s defence thinking Roberto di Matteo was back in charge, some of the goals conceded where a joke. It was a great win for Wolves and what a time of the season to get some confidence with a result like that.
While watching the 2nd half though, I couldn’t help think that Wolves might blow it. The last half hour saw West Brom throw everything at them after their penalty, I did lay Wolves on
I am pleased for Mick McCarthy, I have given him stick before on this site but on the whole he is a hard working man who never hides or shirks his responsibilities. He was dealt a harsh blow with the injury picked up by Kevin Doyle on international duty in March, an injury that could cost Wolves their top flight status.
On to Arsenal and the season surely can’t end soon enough for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger must have well and truely had enough by now, soft goal conceded again at a set piece, goalkeeper should do better for Jermaine Pennant’s strike and just to top it all off, they let in a 3rd around a minute after getting back into the game. A shambles to be honest.
I thought that ref, Mark Halsey did well and Pennant owes him a big drink. With the injury to Etherington, the last thing Tony Pulis needed was his other main winger being suspended on Saturday, no surprise to see the manager haul him off shortly after the incident.
Fair play to Stoke as well, they showed no sign of taking it easy ahead of Saturday’s cup final and gave Arsenal – what seems to be becoming – their customary mauling at the Britannia.
On to Old Trafford and I thought that Manchester United thoroughly deserved their 2-1 victory over Chelsea. I really expected United to keep it tight and let Chelsea do the pushing, again I was wrong.
United were excellent for me, they never let Chelsea settle and effectively put the league to bed by half time. Chelsea huffed and puffed a bit in the 2nd half, but they were never going to score 3 goals.
2-2 would have been interesting, not least because I backed it, so I wasn’t too happy with Torres when he fired wide from a decent position in the last 10 minutes. A draw would have kept Chelsea interested, but they didn’t do enough for me.
Seven goals at Craven Cottage and I reckon Mark Schwarzer was at fault for four of them. He could have picked the loose ball up on the 1st one, was all over the place on the 2nd and 3rd, and I’m not convinced that Liverpool’s 4th was as unstoppable as the Sky Sports commentators made it out to be. Overall, Fulham’s defending was pretty shaby tonight.
Luis Suarez got man of the match, I have been impressed with his work rate, movement and ability to hold the ball up. The goals haven’t flowed yet, but he is still only really finding his feet.
The other player who really stood out for me was Jonjo Shelvey, I thought he had an excellent 2nd half and topped it off with a brilliant through ball to Suarez for Liverpool’s 5th. Similar to Darron Gibson’s ball to Valencia against Schalke last week, if it had been Iniesta or Xavi who made that pass, we would never have heard the end of how good it was. Shelvey looks a decent prospect too me.