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Another eventful weekend in the Premier League, albeit with a trace of familiarity as all members of the Big 4 recorded victories. Liverpool remain top of the league after beating hapless Blackburn at Ewood Park, 3 goals to 1. Once again, it was workmanlike with a trace of fortune, and surely Benitez's men can't keep up the pace at the top of the league playing like this.


It has been said that winning whilst not playing well is the form of champions, but I don't believe that phrase was coined with an entire season in mind ! People say that Liverpool have a stronger squad this year, but have they? They shipped out some full backs just past their prime (Riise, Finnan) and replaced them with sub standard ones, (Degn, Dossena) whilst their big money signing has been the 20 million headless chicken Robbie Keane. I think the incredible form of team members such as Xavi Alonso & Dirk Kuyt is the driving force behind their success in the league so far, but can't help but feel that they still lack enough quality to win the title and that Man Utd & Chelsea will eventually usurp them. 

 

The result also left the beleaguered Guv'nor without a win in ten Prem games and he definitely seems to be cracking up with his "everyone is out to get former Man Utd players," diatribe. Sanitorium bound Ince should stop whinging and coming up with outlandish conspiracy theories for his predicament and address the harsh facts - the Premier League is a results based business and he has taken a team who were in the top half of the league last season into 19th slot. The sooner he focuses his energies on getting results rather than lashing out at all and sundry for putting him under pressure, the better it will be for him and Blackburn Rovers.

His fellow hard man, Roy Keane, deserted Sunderland earlier this week, but the Black Cats, marshalled by Ricky Sbraglia, almost weathered the Red Devils' storm as Man Utd put them under siege at Old Trafford. A late effort from Nemanja Vidic broke the Black Cats' hearts and Niall Quinn will surely be sifting through his 30-odd "sensible" list of candidates in order to find the right man to replace Keane.

One man who has snubbed the delights of Weirside is Peter Reid, who fresh from Thailands 6-0 destruction of Laos in Phuket has shockingly expressed his desire to stay in his current role. So by the beach surrounded by hot, available Asian women, rather than in the frigid north-east surrounded by rotten, available English girls. A surprising decision from Reid.

 

Man Utd were full of industry, but not much invention, with Ronaldo fresh from his Ballon d'Or triumph unable to put in a trademark performance to mark the occasion, instead going off injured after 68 minutes. For regular readers of this column, Cristiano fulfilled his wanker quota this week by sending inane schnide sex texts to a married woman and claiming in an interview that he wouldn't hesitate to get Rooney sent off again if the situation presented itself. 

 

To round off the top echelon, Arsenal beat Wigan in a game more noted for the home crowds dissaproval of their own Emmanuel Eboue, and Chelsea recorded an record 11th straight away league win, triumphing 2-0 over Bolton with league top scorer Nicolas Anelka predictably scoring against his old side.

There where incredible dramatics in the battle to stake a claim for 5th place, with Aston Villa winning 3-2 against Everton at Goodison Park. Joleon Lescott thought he had levelled for Everton when he scored an overhead kick in the 93rd minute, only for Ashley Young to go down the other end and secure his brace and the win a minute later. The Toffees grumble that it should have been full time, but it is clearly "at least 3 minutes of added time" and if you will exuberantly and prematurely celebrate, then you can expect an additional minute to be played. Still, Everton have every right to be bitter, because truth be told, they played us off the park and Villa's victory was a real smash and grab.

In other action, Newcastle did what they do best and that's balls things up in spectacular style. Two Michael Owen goals had given them a comfortable lead over Stoke, but the Potters fought back for a draw. It seems Tony Pulis has some kind of Arsenal style conveyer belt for long throw merchants, with Sonko able to hurl them as far as Delap - even with gloves! It seems that everyone in the North-East is trying to out-do each other in terms of who can cock-up the most, Middlesbrough losing out to new boys Hull by conceding a late own goal and penalty.

Fulham vs Man City and West Brom vs Portsmouth ended all square to keep the league pretty condensed, whilst finally in the monday game, West Ham went down at home to their former manager's new charges - London rivals Tottenham. Zola must be concerned at how easy Spurs found it at Upton Park and with 'Arry's boys leapfrogging them in the League, the genial Italian must be hoping that the turmoil at clubs like Blackburn and Sunderland continues, otherwise the full media glare that caused Keane to walk and Ince to go barmy will soon be on him.

 

Results: Newcastle 2-2 Stoke, Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland, Hull 2-1 Middlesbrough, Fulham 1-1 Man City, Bolton 0-2 Chelsea, Blackburn 1-3 Liverpool, Arsenal 1-0 Wigan, West Brom 1-1 Portsmouth, Everton 2-3 Aston Villa, West Ham 0-2 Tottenham

 

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