This weekends premier league results and the thoughts of our editor.
Chelsea 1 – 0 Everton
Chelsea claimed a priceless injury time win over Everton, match of the day pundits say the goal was a Howard own goal but John Terry was awarded the goal in a 1-0 victory. on reflection a draw would have been a fair result as Everton gave a good account of themselves and were unlucky not to be ahead after some excellent goalkeeping work by Petr Cech. but the game was to be decided 2 minutes into injury time as Frank Lampard delivered a dangerous cross to the back post and with John Terry lurking with intent Tim Howard fumbled the ball into his own net. the win was a massive boost for Mourinho’s men who had the early kickoff as they kept the pressure on Man City and Arsenal.
Arsenal 4- 1 Sunderland
Arsenal stay just a point behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League after hammering Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates. It was clear that Sunderland had 1 eye on next weekends cup final as they gave a very poor performance away to 2nd placed Arsenal. the First 2 goals were gifted to the Gunners with Olivier Giroud bagging a brace before a fantastic team goal finished off by Tomas Rosicky that was worthy of any hall of fame, Laurent Koscielny added the fourth after the half time break before a late Sunderland consolation as Giaccherini produced a superb finish, smashing the ball into the net from the edge of the box and without doubt the only positive from Sunderland’s performance.
Cardiff 0 – 4 Hull
A poor performance from the home team, will have given new manager Solskjaer lots to think about in the coming weeks, as Hull City brushed Cardiff aside in front of their home fans. Tom Huddlestone drove home the first from outside the area with the new found strike force teaming up again with former baggie Shane Long providing the ball for Nikica Jelavic to score. Jelavic crabbed his second of the game with a deft header before Jake Livermore finished the route with a neatly placed finish.
Man city 1-0 Stoke City
Stoke gave a good account of themselves and looked like frustrating Man City until Yaya Toure scored the winner with 20 minutes to go. It could have been a different story as the slow starting favourites to win the league lacked the usual vigour and attacking prowess they have shown all season. Captain Vincent Company picked up an early yellow card and was lucky not to receive another after a string of needless fowls, and Fernandinho could have seen red as he was turned and fouled the player who had he continued would have had a goal scoring opportunity. But it was the pragmatic Yaya Toure who yet again drove city on to another win, and with the other results it could prove priceless.
West Brom 1 – 1 Fulham
Ashkan Dejagah scored from Kieran Richardson’s cross on the half hour to give new manager Felix Magath a great start in his first game in charge of the Premier League’s bottom side, But just four minutes from time, Maarten Stekelenburg fluffed a 10-yard drive from substitute Vydra as he slotted home Victor Anichebe’s cross. Magath will have seen that for his side to stay up they have to stop letting in cheap goals.
West Ham 3-1 Southampton
West Ham secured their fourth win in a row after coming from behind to beat Southampton at Upton Park. Southampton took a deserved lead with Maya Yoshida’s first Premier League goal, but were quickly pegged back against the run of play with goals from Matt Jarvis and Carlton Cole before Kevin Nolan put the game to bed wit the 3rd after 71 minutes. after the game Nolan was quick to praise the board for sticking with Sam Allardyce who after picking up 12 points from 12 have put the hammers in a comfortable position.
Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Man United
Wayne Rooney celebrated his new deal with a great finish as Manchester United overcame a spirited Crystal Palace side. United went ahead after Patrice Evra was upended in the box by Marouane Chamakh, to which Robin van Persie confidently slotted home the spot kick. Marouane Fellaini on his return from injury missed an early chance and looked a little out of his depth in the United midfield before Wayne Rooney put away the 2nd with fabulous technique to give United a much needed 3 points that takes them above Everton.
Liverpool 4 – 3 Swansea
Liverpool came out tops in a 7 goal thriller at Anfield as they look to secure the 4th place spot for Champions League football next season. Liverpool went 2 goals up with goals from Dean Sturridge and Jordan Henderson, berfore swansea levelled things with goals from Liverpool old boy Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony, before Sturridge gave the home team the advantage going into the break. Just minutes into the 2nd half Bony was bundled over in the box by Skrtel and Bony cooly slotted home from the spot before Henderson grabbed his second, slotting home from close-range after Vorm had parried Suarez’ strike kindly into his path. The win puts Liverpool in a great position with games running out for Tottenham and United’s late charge.
Newcastle United 1 – 0 Aston Villa
In a strange game that never got going until the 70th minute saw the Toon faithful rewarded with a last minute goal from Loic Remy, and with that being the first goal at home for the Newcastle fans since Boxing day it came with thunderous applause and with a sigh of relief from the manager Alan Pardew. both sides huffed and puffed but with no real panache in their play it looked as though we were heading for a drab goal less draw until Remy ceased on a loose ball and fired the ball passed Brad Guzan after hitting the post moments earlier.