After a week of Champions League games that left many in the EPL shocked, this weekend’s games were a chance at a slight bit of redemption and good ol’ fashioned entertaining EPL football.
Saturday not only brought a solid game from Manchester United, but three-points to the Gunners as well.
The Bolton Wanderers tasted defeated again, this week at the hands of Aston Villa. Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov sealed the deal against the Wanderers in the first half, striking goals in the 32nd and 38th minutes. The only strike Bolton was able to pull back was in the 55th minute by Ivan Klasnic.
The win gave Aston their first victory away from home for the season, while Bolton’s 12th loss moved them to the end of the English Premier table.
Luis Suarez might be in the news again for an alleged rude gesture he made toward Fulham fans, but he made Liverpool fans happy yesterday as he scored the lone goal in the match against Queens Park Rangers. While the first half was pretty frustrating for the Reds, they came back out with a new attitude and Suarez’s goal came just two minutes into the second 45.
Manchester United weren’t the only team scoring tons of goals Saturday; Norwich City buried Newcastle United 4-2 with a brace from Grant Holt. Newcastle’s Dan Gosling was shown a red card after a dangerous tackle when he was attempting to win the ball back after losing it to Steve Morison, who would score Norwich’s third goal on a header.
Fulham lost out Saturday too to Swansea City. USMNT international Clint Dempsey missed a prime opportunity to at least give his side a goal after a missed penalty. Swansea would go on to win, 2-0.
West Brom also lost out on three points as Wigan Athletic beat them 2-1.
Today’s games provided an interesting little match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City, with Stoke taking the 2-1 victory. The Potters’ started the game strong, sending out a message within the first minute that they were there to win. The throw in by Ryan Shotton was poorly cleared and Stoke capitalized on the moment, forcing Tottenham’s keeper Brad Friedel to make a hard save.
It didn’t take long for Stoke to get that first strike though; in the 13th minute, Matthew Etherington would notch his first goal of the game after a great counter attack when Tottenham’s Gareth Bale failed to score on the other end.
Tottenham was continuing to try to level up as well, but nothing could find its way into the back of the net. Stoke played well against the pressure from the Spurs offensive attacks and their persistence paid off as Etherington grabbed his brace for the evening.
Shotton had a great long throw in, which Walters was able to play in to an unmarked Etherington. The Stoke striker was unmarked and while it wasn’t a pretty hit, it went into the back of the net and put the Potters up by two at the end of the half.
When the second 45 started, Tottenham seemed to be in a bit more control and pressing for a needed goal. It would come in the form of a penalty taken by Emmanuel Adebayor. Stoke’s Glenn Whelan fouled Luka Modric in the 62nd minute and the ref called the penalty.
After Adebayor calmly slotted the penalty into the net, he almost leveled up the game minutes later, but failed to curl the ball enough and it went just wide.
That’s when things started to get a little crazy. Thomas Sorensen made a brilliant save at one point, and took a little chip from Rafael van der Vaart in the process. It might have been a foul on van der Vaart’s part in some people’s eyes, but none was given.
The Spurs tried for another penalty after Younes Kaboul hit the ground after a challenge from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, but were denied. Shawcross was in the middle of another Spur claim at a penalty after Jermain Defoe went down in the box. As he was crying for a penalty, Kaboul took a shot and it was cleared away by what looked like Shawcross’ arm.
Stoke were losing their grip on the game as Tottenham continued to press hard against the back line. But the Spurs couldn’t close the deal. After a second yellow card in the 82nd minute, Kaboul was shown red and a 10-man Tottenham was beaten 2-1.
The other game today between Sunderland and Blackburn would end 2-1 as well, with Sunderland claiming the victory. David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson would notch the two late-minute goals to come back from being down 1-0 early in the game.
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