Monday, 14 February 2011
Rooney is Red, Chelsea are Blue....
But the most important thing for the red half of Manchester was that they had got one over their blue rivals yet again and United had made up for last weekend's stumble at Wolves the best way they knew how.
Meanwhile Arsenal kept up their pursuit of the title with a two nil win at home against the team that had done them a favour the week before at Molineux, two goals from Van Persie made it nine in five games and Wilshire fresh from his first England start continued to shine.
Elsewhere Spurs now without their talisman Bale as well as Van Der Vaart and Modric pulled off a result that maybe a few seasons ago may have seen them lucky to come away with a point. Redknapp may have been regretting loaning so many midfielders out last month ,but with also Crouch and Lennon rested to the bench with Tuesday's Milan game in mind Tottenham plugged away and got the result that in the end they deserved. A second goal in the same number of weeks from another player who could have left in January Niko Kranjcar, saw the Lillywhites head back down south with another three points.
Thanks to the win at the Stadium of Light the North London club leap frogged Chelsea, who played out a frustrating, disjointed draw with West London neighbours Fulham.The Cottagers could have won the game in the last few minutes after new signing for Chelsea Luiz gave away a penalty that thankfully for the Brazilian defender, who'd had a good game up until then was saved by Petr Cech. The £50 million man Torres continued his barren spell in a blue shirt after squandering a couple of good chances that maybe a match sharp striker would have put away, as Drogba looked on from the bench the Spaniard was substituted to chants of "What a waste of money" from the rival fans.
Although a rejuvenated Liverpool suffering a minor hiccup against Wigan at home, they alongside Bolton & Sunderland look to be in with a shout for a European place. Dalglish now seems to be getting the best out of players that Roy Hodgson struggled to in his failed tenure.
We had our finger's crossed for a dramatic weekend as we had a week ago and although we didn't get the goals we did get another second half fight back a' la Newcastle. This time it was the turn of relegation threatened West Ham who it's believed with the help of a Churchillian half time rallying call from Captain Scott Parker came back from 3-0 down to grab a well deserved point with the help of a brace from new boy Ba.
The bottom of the table is now almost as congested as the teams grouped just under and around the fifth spot at the other end, with Blackpool now down amongst the strugglers and any one of Aston Villa, Birmingham and maybe even Everton threatening to be sucked down there with them.
With European football on the agenda this week and the FA Cup returning at the weekend, some teams will get a bit of a breather before they continue the battles to see who triumphs and who survives this in Premiership season.
And of course we at 442 will be there reporting for you every step of the way!