Well, the Premier League can't always be awesome.
In Tuesday's four EPL matches, a total of five goals were scored. The action as a whole was dire at times, as there was a lengthy period of time where all four fixtures were stuck at 0-0.
Having such a short turnover time from last weekend's matches played into this, and you have to consider that every once in a while, you have your bad week of football.
Here are the results from Tuesday's games.
Any discussion about Tuesday starts with Chelsea's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
For the longest time, it looked like the Blues would earn all three points and move four points ahead of Arsenal in the table. They were demonstrating an ability to take the lead and hold it despite not playing particularly well.
Branislav Ivanovic's goal in first-half injury time felt inevitable, and in the second half, you'd have thought Eden Hazard, Willian and the rest of the Chelsea attack would pad the lead with another goal or two.
Only it never came, and West Brom were allowed to hang in the game—Victor Anichebe's goal in the 87th minute meant the match would end in a draw.
It's no doubt two points dropped for Chelsea and one point earned for the Baggies. And as Phil McNulty of BBC Sport pointed out, it's yet another solid result for Pepe Mel:
Pepe Mel has draws against Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea. Not bad that.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) February 11, 2014
West Brom moved out of the relegation zone with the draw, and if they can keep this level of performance up, Mel may be able to keep them hovering around the 14th-16th range.
After the match, Jose Mourinho remained humble, per Daniel Taylor of The Guardian:
The other surprising result of the day was West Ham United's 2-0 win over Norwich City on the strength of two goals from James Collins and Mohamed Diame in the final 16 minutes.
It's the Hammers' third win a row, all of which have coincidentally been 2-0. Sam Allardyce does look like one of those managers who knows exactly how to set his club up to avoid the drop. West Ham are solid defensively and score just enough goals. They don't play pretty, but they get the job done.
This is a side that was flirting with the drop not that long ago, and now they're 10th.
Compare that with Chris Hughton's Norwich, who have won once in their last 11 games.
Part of the reason is the fact that the Canaries can't score. During that 11-match run, they've managed a paltry five goals. TSN's Kristian Jack wondered if Hughton might have to answer for Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper's problems in front of net:
The kind of performance that shouldn't get a manager fired but the kind of result that just might. Hughton badly let down by his finishers.— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) February 11, 2014
However, Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian posited that Hughton's tactics were also partly to blame for Norwich's loss:
Norwich let West Ham back in by taking off Hooper and Redmond. Hughton settled for a point for no reason and look what happened.— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) February 11, 2014
It's tough times at Carrow Road, and a tough run of fixtures awaits.
The other two results were rather predictable. Southampton have rediscovered their strong form from earlier in the season, so a 1-0 win against Hull City was impressive, yet expected, and few would have expected Aston Villa to get anything less than a point on the road to Cardiff City.
One could argue that Villa should've gotten all three points, considering how strong they are away from Villa Park and the fact that the Bluebirds remain entrenched in the relegation zone. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to find some answers fast, or Cardiff will be on their way straight back to the Championship.
Although Tuesday was merely the appetizer for what's to come on Wednesday, there were a couple of results that could have major implications on the final table.
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