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English Premier League: Week 4's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Pepe Reina of Liverpool punches clear under pressure from Cameron Jerome of Birmingham City during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Liverpool at St Andrew's Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Nick DaviesCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2016

The Good: 

There were several candidates for this award. In third is Pepe Reina's outstanding glovemanship at Birmingham, Reina made three fantastic saves to deny Birmingham all three points and his team are indebted top him.

Blackpool's continued form comes in second, they beat fellow newly promoted Newcastle (a team who finished the Championship with over twenty points more than Blackpool) 2-0 at the ever so hostile St. James' Park and in doing so elevated themselves to fourth. Not bad going for a team many pegged to compete with Derby for the lowest points total ever accrued in the Premier League.

In at number one for me was Everton's absolutely remarkable come back against Manchester United. Two goals down on the ninety mark is never a good place to be, but following a goal and an assist from official pain-in-the-backside to defence Tim Cahill Everton achieved a heroic feat and had the referee not been quite so penickity and the final element of Everton's last second counter been more accurate it might have been the result of the season.

 

The Bad:

Depending on your view point, West Ham's woeful early season record makes for grim reading and their upcoming fixtures are hardly walkovers, no one likes to go to The Britannia. Avram Grant has a tough job on his hands stopping the West Ham ship sinking completely. 

 

Karl Henry's uncompromising (though seemingly fair) tackle on Bobby Zamora has robbed England and Fulham of a potent striker due to a broken leg. There was little malice in Henry's challenge but a strong tackle and an awkward landing will see Zamora out for several months. 

Our faith in Joe Hart took a little tumble as he was at fault for a farcical Blackburn goal. Why on earth he was twenty yards out of his box when Toure clearly was in control of the situation is a worry, but a few good performances from him will ease us all again, but with Ben Foster hot on his heels for England playing time he cannot afford an extended wobble. 

 

The Ugly 

It will probably be a matter of opinion whether David Moyes' charge onto the field at Goodison Park should come under 'The Good' or 'The Ugly' because I'm sure I wasn't the only one who enjoyed it. Moyes objected, quite rightly in my opinion, to the referee calling time on the game as his team broke into Manchester United's half with a number advantage. Moyes disagreed and by the time the camera had panned back into the middle of the pitch Moyes had covered the distance from touchline to centre circle in admirable speed and was halfway through a tirade at the referee.   

If there was one thing English players needed like a hole in the head it was yet another one of them being caught with his trousers down. Cue Wayne Rooney and his clandestine trips to prostitutes while his wife was pregnant, the list grows longer, with Cole, Terry, (possibly) Gerrard, Crouch and now Rooney. Perhaps instead of mobile phones at the dinner table, Capello might like to clamp down on this issue instead? 

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