Monday, May 01, 2006

Premiership Weekend Roundup: April 29-30

Chelsea 3 - 0 Manchester United
How much did that suck? And because it was such an early kickoff, I couldn't even have a beer to dull the pain. United weren't as bad as they were against, say, Sunderland, but they weren't that good either -- Chelsea were definitely the better team, much as I hate to admit it.

There were a couple of key points that I think determined the whole course of the game. The first one was William Gallas scoring the opening goal for Chelsea, thanks to Silvestre deciding to stand around gawping at the ball rather than actually sticking with his mark. The second one was Wayne Rooney missing that one-on-one chance against the keeper -- if he'd put that away, it might have turned things around for United. Instead they just sort of fell apart.

And just to top things off, a broken metatarsal for Rooney. Fan-fucking-tastic. Combine that with Michael Owen still not being 100% fit, and you've got the slightly terrifying prospect of Peter Crouch leading the line for England this summer.

Liverpool 3 - 1 Aston Villa
Not the greatest game for Liverpool, but still very welcome after having to watch John Terry lift the trophy again (and by the way, could the commentators for that game have been any further up his ass?). That second goal from Steven Gerrard, particularly, I could watch over and over again. Not that I've done that. Nope.

The win puts Liverpool level with Man United on points, though, and I don't really want them to take second. According to my carefully balanced scale of loyalties, Liverpool get the FA cup, while United get the Carling Cup and the guaranteed Champions League spot. Chelsea get the Premiership and my undying hatred. Perfectly fair, right?

Other results:
Wigan 1 - 2 Portsmouth (It's official: Pompey are staying up. Yay?)
Birmingham 0 - 0 Newcastle
Charlton 0 - 2 Blackburn
Manchester City 1 - 2 Fulham
Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Everton

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