After the latest round of English Premier League action, Manchester United maintain a 12-point lead at the top of the table, Chelsea are entrenched in a tough battle for the top four and Reading lose ground in a pivotal relegation encounter.
Such is the ever-changing nature of the Premier League that every weekend has its own ramifications.
There were results to be celebrated and points to be dropped, but there were also great moments and fabulous goals that you may have missed amidst yet another busy EPL weekend.
Here are seven of those best moments for us to watch once again.
The importance and drama of last-gasp winners in the Premier League mean that Grant Holt will go down as the Norwich City player to have stolen the show in their remarkable turnaround against Everton.
It was a quite scrumptious poach, if ever there was one, coming in the 94th minute and ensuring that they remain on course for a third consecutive season in England’s top flight, but the introduction of new loan signing Kei Kamara from Sporting Kansas City was the turning point.
His bullet header six minutes from normal time was the goal that dragged the Canaries back to a point and set the stage nicely for a grandstand finish.
Another injury-time winner served to bring another team to 32 points, but this time it was Dimitar Berbatov who supplied the magic in the 47th minute of the first half in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Stoke.
After a Dr. Jekyll first half, Berbatov’s Mr. Hyde moment saw him finish a volley from 10 yards into the roof of the net, breaking the Craven Cottage deadlock against the Potters.
So often Berbatov has been the savior for Fulham this season, and so it proved once again.
Newcastle United’s thrilling 4-2 win over Southampton featured an array of impressive goals, but Morgan Schneiderlin’s cool opener and Moussa Sissoko’s poached finish pale in comparison to Papiss Cisse’s stunning strike from outside the box just a few minutes before an exciting first half ended.
Ricky Lambert would come back and score yet another goal in his outstanding debut season in the Premier League, while a Yohan Cabaye penalty and a Jos Hooiveld own goal brought the home team all three points, but the Newcastle No. 9 scored one of the goals of the season at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
You may well have seen Rafael’s goal for Manchester United already given the amount of coverage it has received in the immediate aftermath and across all weekend review shows thus far, but it’s never anything bad to look back again at another contender for goal of the season, is it?
Rafael’s right-footed volley rocketed into the top corner of Julio Cesar’s goal for Queens Park Rangers and set the Red Devils up for a clean victory to further solidify their position at the top of the Premier League.
The biggest match of the weekend was undoubtedly Manchester City vs. Chelsea, which the Citizens won courtesy of two goals in the second half (more on those later).
But City’s missed chances and frustrating final ball threatened to come back and haunt them when Joe Hart brought down Demba Ba in the penalty area.
Hart redeemed himself with a fine stop from Frank Lampard, who had scored his previous 10 penalty kicks, in a pivotal time of the match.
Two minutes after Joe Hart’s penalty save, Carlos Tevez was brought on for the impressive Jack Rodwell to provide further attacking impetus, and the switch proved an inspired one from Roberto Mancini.
Soon it led to City breaking the deadlock.
In the 63rd minute, Yaya Toure received the ball on the edge of the box and shimmied it across two defenders before dispatching a classy finish beyond the reaches of Petr Cech.
But Yaya Toure’s excellent goal was one-upped by substitute Carlos Tevez himself, who lashed home from outside the box five minutes from time, showing once again his worth to the City cause.
It was a listless performance from Chelsea, but a professional and important win from the champions, who remain 12 points behind current leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester United.
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