Monday, January 21, 2008

Premiership Weekend Roundup: January 19-20

Apologies for the sparseness of post recently; it's been a bit crazy around here. (Also, I'm still trying to ignore the ongoing shenanigans at Liverpool. I'm not saying I'm succeeding, but I'm trying.)

Anyway, here's what you need to know about this weekend's games: United won, Arsenal won, Chelsea sucked but stole a win. Carlton Cole scored with an amazing overhead kick for West Ham, a characteristic Titus Bramble fuck-up gifted a goal to Everton, and Newcastle v. Bolton was every bit as soul-killing as you'd expect from two teams shaped by Sam Allardyce. The end.

Reading 0-2 Manchester United
You have to admire Reading for the way they came out and attacked this game. It was end-to-end stuff for the first hour or so, with decent chances at goal for both teams. United had to rely on some scrappy defending (have I mentioned how much I love Nemanja Vidic? Because he is awesome) to keep a clean sheet. And they were having trouble breaking down Reading's defence at the other end. Just when it was starting to get frustrating, though, Carlos Tevez found Wayne Rooney with a perfect ball that he flicked past the keeper with the outside of his boot. It was the sort of goal that, with most other players, you'd think was a fluke, but since it was Rooney, I suspect he knew exactly what he was doing. Ronaldo added a second goal in stoppage time, bringing his total for the year to 23, which is kind of terrifying considering that it's only January and he's nominally a midfielder.

Other results
Blackburn 1-1 Middlesbrough
Fulham 0-3 Arsenal
Manchester City 1-1 West Ham
Newcastle 0-0 Bolton
Portsmouth 3-1 Derby
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland
Wigan 1-2 Everton

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