Sunday, January 13, 2008

Premiership Weekend Roundup: January 12-13

Middlesbrough 1-1 Liverpool
Dear Liverpool: Please stop being shit.

Taken out of context, a draw at Middlesbrough isn't a terrible result. In the context of their season so far, though, and Benitez's problems with the owners, they desperately needed a win. Even worse: the team was absolutely awful. I would say from one end of the pitch to the other, but Reina and Torres were probably the only two players who came out of that game with any credit.

(I am trying to ignore those rumours about the club being sold again. Gah. Enough with the drama already.)

Manchester United 6-0 Newcastle
At least I had this game to watch immediately afterward and remind me of how football ought to be played. Hard to believe it was scoreless at halftime, although United had dominated all the way. But they stepped up another notch in the second half and just demolished Newcastle, including Cristiano Ronaldo's first hat-trick for United. Newcastle could feel hard done by that Michael Owen's first-half strike was wrongly ruled out for offside, but with United in this kind of form, they were lucky to give up only six goals. The pick of the bunch was probably Ronaldo's second, coming at the end of a perfect one-touch passing move with Carrick, Tevez and Rooney.

Other results
Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham
Aston Villa 3-1 Reading
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
West Ham 2-1 Fulham
Everton 1-0 Manchester City
Derby 0-1 Wigan
Bolton 1-2 Blackburn
Sunderland 2-0 Portsmouth

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