EPL Saturday Round Up: 27/02/2010
Coming into this weekend’s game, all eyes were on "the handshake", between John Terry and Wayne Bridge.
The football itself momentarily took a back seat.
A horrific leg break to Welsh and Arsenal wonder kid Aaron Ramsey left football fans around the country sickened.
Ryan Shawcross’ bad touch forced the England international, to reach for the ball catching Ramsey just above the ankle. It was evident right away what had happened to the young Welshman.
Two late goals completed a comeback for the Gunners, who went behind early on to a Danny Pugh header.
Arsenal fought hard for the injured Ramsey in the second half with goals coming from Bendtner, Fabregas, and Vermaelen.
The 3-1 win was certainly marred by the injury to Ramsey. Arsene Wenger was notably distressed stating; “To lose a player of that quality at 19 years of age when he is just starting his career is just horrendous.”
Chelsea were humbled at home by a starless Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
City, were missing big summer signings, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor, however this didn’t faze the "Citizens".
Both sides went into halftime level pegging with goals from Frank Lampard and Carlos Tevez.
Red cards to Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack rubbed salt in the wound to Chelsea fans, as they went down to three second half goals. Bellamy bagged two and Tevez from the spot put City 4-1 to the good.
A late consolation scored by Lampard, ended the game 4-2.
Porstmouth had a week to forget, becoming the first Premier League team to go into administration.
However for 90 minutes, Pompey fans could forget about their off the field woes and enjoy a 2-1 victory at the hands of struggling Burnley.
Burnley centre back Clarke Carlisle had an afternoon to forget, conceding two penalties. Danish teammate Brian Jensen produced a fine save to deny Jamie O’Hara from the spot, however was unable to repeat his heroics when Hassan Yebda slotted home the second penalty.
The two other games around the league brought about 1-0 victories for Bolton and Birmingham.
Bolton beat out struggling Wolverhampton Wanders, with unlikely scorer centre back, Zat Knight tapping in a cross from short range.
Wolves went close in the second half, hitting the post twice, however Bolton held on for the three points.
A controversial James McFadden penalty sunk Wigan to their eighth loss in 10 games.
Mario Melchiot was deemed to trip Keith Fahey in the area; however replays showed that there was minimal contact, with Fahey not hesitating to go to ground.
The defeat leaves Wigan looming over the drop zone, only one point clear from safety.
Liverpool v Blackburn
Sunderland v Fulham
Tottenham v Everton
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