Premier League Week 5 Results: Biggest Disappointments from This Week's Fixtures
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Every week offers disappointment in the Premier League, and the prospect of an enticing fixture can be dashed by a team's listless performance.
Week 5 produced a few games that promised one thing and delivered another, leaving fans crushed in the process.
Below are the results of games completed at the time of writing, with the biggest disappointments following immediately after.
|Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|Norwich City||0-1||Aston Villa|
|Newcastle United||2-3||Hull City Tigers|
|West Bromwich Albion||3-0||Sunderland|
|West Ham United||2-3||Everton|
Liverpool's failure to win titles has always been built on their inability to put away teams they should be dominating.
Although Southampton have looked good in parts this year, visiting an unbeaten Reds side at Anfield should have resulted in a loss.
The Merseysiders have had several 1-0 wins this season, and it was inevitable this would come to an end at some point. With Philippe Coutinho out injured, Liverpool lacked the creative flair that we've seen from them this season.
Although they threatened the Southampton goal a few times, their failure to convert was an all-too familiar sign.
Ah Liverpool wtf like Southampton at home I mean like what a frustrating team— Jamie Martin (@Jamie8_Martin) September 22, 2013
For their part, Southampton lived up to their billing as the last team to beat Liverpool. They cut off the supply to Daniel Sturridge and stayed strong under pressure from Victor Moses. They also managed to create a few chances of their own, forcing Simon Mignolet into good saves.
As impressive as the win is for Southampton, it was disappointing to watch Liverpool repeat past mistakes.
Chris Hughton is a fairly conservative manager, so when he brought in Leroy Fer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, Canaries fans hoped the team would be more aggressive in attack.
Two goals against Everton in the opening game seemed to suggest this, so watching them struggle to find the net ever since has been frustrating.
Congratulations Norwich, you strengthened up your strike force and that was the result. Disappointing and concerning for the season.— Mikey Dack (@MikeyDack) September 21, 2013
Aston Villa hadn't kept a clean sheet for 27 games, so a home tie against their old manager seemed to benefit the Norfolk club. However, Norwich couldn't find a way past Brad Guzan—who actually had a great game—with even a penalty being denied by the Villa 'keeper.
Christian Benteke left the field after 27 minutes, and the expectation was that Villa's attacking threat would go with him. Instead, Libor Kozak arrived on the field and slotted past John Ruddy within two minutes.
Sounds like Norwich did alright despite defeat. Lots of stick being given to Hughton though. Disappointing result. #ncfc— Edward Walker (@ewalkerNor) September 21, 2013
The home fans grew restless and there were audible boos ringing round the ground before the end of the game. When they are for the current manager rather than the returning one, it's all the more deflating.
After leaving Villa Park with a victory last week, Newcastle were well set to build on that with a home fixture against Hull.
They reverted back to last season's team, however, and twice threw away a lead to eventually end the game with nothing.
Newcastle somehow look shakier with an advantage than when chasing the game. Having a lead looks so alien to them that they simply don't know what to do with it.
Each time they went ahead they went into containment mode, putting themselves under unnecessary defensive pressure.
Frustrating frustrating frustrating Newcastle. Should be beating Hull if we want to do anything this season #nufc— Ryan Cator (@RyanCator_91) September 21, 2013
When Hull made good on that pressure and got back on level terms, the Magpies started playing well again. It's such a counter-productive tactic and completely unfathomable as to why they do it.
Hoping to win every game 1-0 isn't going to get results, so expect Newcastle to continue to concede and continue to disappoint.
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