Monday, February 12, 2007

Premiership Weekend Roundup: February 10-11

Manchester United 2 - 0 Charlton
Charlton seem to have toughened up recently. They held Chelsea to just one goal last week, and this week they were more of a challenge for United than I would've expected. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick and Edwin van der Sar, United should have been able to beat them easily, but they couldn't quite get the rhythm of their football flowing. Partly that's because of the lineup changes, and partly that's because Charlton ran hard and didn't give them the time or space to pass. (I think that's the best way to play against United -- you have to come at them, the way Arsenal did a couple weeks ago, rather than sitting back to defend and hoping to hit them on the counter-attack.) Still, they got the win, as replacements Ji-Sung Park and Darren Fletcher both scored -- although that was the only thing I saw Fletcher do all game, for good or ill.

Newcastle 2 - 1 Liverpool
Much as I love watching the players get all wet and muddy, I don't love it when it means watching Liverpool lose. They basically gifted Newcastle both their goals, with Pepe Reina first clearing the ball straight into Daniel Agger and then John Arne Riise conceding a needless penalty. Apart from that, Liverpool dominated the game -- with Craig Bellamy doing an excellent job of irritating the crap out of his former team -- but they didn't take advantage of all their chances on goal. Maybe they needed Xabi Alonso to score from his own half again.

Other results

  • Arsenal 2 - 1 Wigan: Thierry "I am not a woman" Henry doesn't dive. Just in case you were wondering.
  • Chelsea 3 - 0 Middlesbrough: John Terry is back in the centre of defence and Chelsea have started to win convincingly again. Bah.
  • Portsmouth 2 - 1 Manchester City: For the second time running, Pedro Mendes gets stretchered off in a game against Citeh. What's he done to piss them off so much? Aside from scoring fantastic goals against them, that is.
  • Reading 2 - 0 Aston Villa: Reading for Europe, anyone? They're now officially too good to be this year's Plucky Little Team That Could anymore.
  • Sheffield United 2 - 1 Tottenham: What the hell has happened to Spurs this year? Are they having an endless spell of dodgy lasagna or something?
  • West Ham 0 - 1 Watford: And also in the category of "Teams that were decent last year and now suck," we have West Ham, with the dubious distinction of being the first team to lose at home to Watford in the Premiership this year.
  • Bolton 2 - 1 Fulham: A game I could not care less about.
  • Everton 1 - 0 Blackburn: See above.


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Sportsnob said...

just wondering. who do you support when United play Liverpool?

Jen said...

United, as it turns out. I determined this after an agonizing FA Cup fifth round last year.