EPL Daily 9.16: Chelski, L-pool falters while Arsenal and Man U push onward

Manchester United 1, Everton 0

A Tim Howard-less Everton lost out to Nemanja Vidic’s first goal of the season as the big Serbian powered home an 83rd minute . New signing and backup Toffee keeper Stefan Wessels performed admirably in net withstanding several offensive onslaughts triggered by Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo. It wasn’t until Vidic with 7 minutes to go that Wessels was beaten. The tone of the game favored the Red Devils as Vidic and Ferdinand had shut down Man U’s half to any Yakubu or AJ advances.

Sunderland 2, Reading 1

Reading can’t buy a win – but Roy Keane has learned from his trials and tribulations early on and has kept Sunderland moving forward. Kenwyne Jones and Scotsman Ross Wallace scored early leaving Dave Kitson to try and pull the Royals back with a late 85th minute consolation strike. Changes are going to have to come (ahem, play Convey more til he is matchfit) if Steve Coppell wants to survive a sophomore season in the EPL.

West Ham United 3, Middlesbrough 0

A thorough lesson for M’boro in finishing as Lee Bowyer (another rare goal!), Dean Ashton , and an unfortunate own goal sunk Southgate’s side. All goals were scored in a 15 minute span right after the start of the second half. It was a bit lopsided as Middlesbrough actually had the brunt of the chances – putting 12 on net compared to 7 for the Hammers. One thing came to the forefront for Southgate today – Jeremie Aliadiere is NOT an answer at striker and is NOT worth the several million paid for him. No Spector to be found again.

Portsmouth 0, Liverpool 0

A draw that saw Crouch in favor of Torres and Nwankwo Kanu miss a penalty kick that would have provided Pompey with a solid morale boost. Sulley Muntari is starting to show signs of his former Serie A self. Gerrard, Torres, and Babel all came on for the Reds with 30 or so minutes to go, but not one of the trio could spark a rather stagnant offense. The only real effective piece was Andriy Voronin who seems to be the industrious workman that Rafa Benitez really needs. Either way, Redknapp and his boys hung in there but have to deal with Kanu’s miss that cost Pompey a very important two points.

Wigan 1, Fulham 1

Clint Dempsey scored his third in his last three appearances but Fulham still gave up the lead. Deuce’s put-back capped off decent early play by the Cottagers. The bubble was eventually burst, however, when Jason Koumas cooly converted an 80th minute PK. Though Wigan pulled out the draw, their future took a hit when in the 9th minute Emile Heskey limped off the pitch and was replaced by newly acquired Marcus Bent. Initially, the injury looked to be minor but now an ankle injury could keep the striker out for 1-2 months (hurting any continuous international chances).

Chelsea 0, Blackburn 0

With Drogba unhealthy, the Blues are having trouble finding production and Shevchenko’s return to the line-up did nothing to remedy that. Blackburn however sit unbeaten in 9 games this year and look refined and with a lot of fight, something that could secure them a UEFA Champions League spot – if a lot of luck goes in their direction.

Birmingham 1, Bolton 0

Bolton’s woes continue as Sammy Lee must be trying to rival Tottenham’s Martin Jol for the hottest seat in the EPL. It was Olivier Kapo who did Lee in, but Arsenal product Sebastian Larsson who orchestrated the whole coup. Anelka was kept quiet for the most part as Bolton tries to find someone who can score with reckless abandon. Question: what happened to Kevin Nolan??

Arsenal 3, Tottenham 1

It started out peachy-keen for the Hotspur when Gareth Bale struck in the 15th (his 2nd of the year), but Emmanuel Adebayor had different plans scoring a brace late in the second half to push the Gunners through the fight-less Spurs and up to the top of the EPL table. Cesc Fabregas provided the game-winner with five minutes to go.

Sunday.

Manchester City 1, Aston Villa 0

Citeh bounced back from recent defeats and overcame the Villans at home with youngster Michael Johnson providing the lone goal in the 48th minute (fitting end to an earlier sitter-miss). Man City got the job done with no real flair or spunk reminiscent of the first couple weeks, instead it was a fast paced, back-and-forth match-up which saw both teams with suspect trouble spots.

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3 Responses

  1. Buddy its not lennon… Its bale… Scored the first goal in the london Derby

  2. If rafa doesn’t stop playing this rotation shit I swear I’m going to flip out. Seriously.

  3. thank you sakthi – wrong youngster and the sad thing is, i watched the game! brain fart…

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