Quick Recap of the weekend happenings from week 6 of the 2008 EPL season.
1. Another Great Premier league weekend… and yes it starts with those referee’s (sorry). Its an easy place to start when you have a couple that were given that weren’t, and few that should have been, but weren’t. Incidents at Old Trafford, The JJB, Anfield and Fratton Park. Tough break although referee Rob Styles has contacted Bolton to apologise for awarding a penalty to Manchester United at Old Trafford. A little too late maybe?
2. Shock Horror! Arsenal, yes I said that right Arsenal go down 2-1 at home to Hull… Thanks mainly to a spectacular goal from Giovanni and an equally great glancing header from Daniel Cousin.
Enough of that, lets move-on shall we?
3. Merseyside derby, one to forget if you’re an Everton fan. Two classy finishes from El Nino, (Fernando Torres) sealed the deal for Liverpool, and to make things worse for the home side Tim Cahill was sent off for a rash challenge, but once again the referee made an error in giving the player a straight red.
4. Magic, Juande? It's looking more like tragic for Tottenham, falling 2-0 to Portsmouth, but yet a again a missed penalty decision at 1-0 could have swung the game, maybe Juande, Spurs will get a win, Juande.
5. Aston Villa proved they are a force that should be taken seriously with a 2-1 comeback win over Sunderland, Ashley Young will take the headlines with a magnificent free-kick to level it, followed by a John Carew goal, off a deflected Young free-kick. Its only a matter of time before Young and Agbonlahor are regular features in the England squad.
5. A week ago I had absolutely no idea who Joe Kinnear was, he is the new Newcastle boss and his reign looks likely to be high on lunacy, low on diplomacy. Successful managers know how to win friends and influence people - on the evidence of his comments on Saturday, Kinnear is hopeless at both.
6. As for Blackburn, Roque Santa Cruz looks like the bloke that netted 25 times last season. Paul Ince seems to be getting better game by game.
7.Even without Deco, Chelsea still had a South-American style full-back to show Luiz Felipe Scolari's positive influence on his side. Boswinga showed that he more than just a capable defender opening his goal scoring account for Chelsea against “set piece Stoke”.
8. Carlton Cole issued a grovelling apology for his drink-drive shame - and was then told to go out and celebrate, soberly that is. Zola branded his performance “magnificent” and worthy of an England call up.
9. West Brom nabbed the points off Middlesboro after an error from keeper Ross Turnbull, a good performance all around from the Baggies away from home, although Gareth Southgate will be disappointed his side didn’t get at least a point of it.
10. That’s about all for the weekends games to end it all here’s a little fact: The last time Hull beat Arsenal in the league prior to Saturday's 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium was in 1915 when beer cost 3p per pint and the Women's Institute was founded.
Funny how things change ay?
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