English Premier League Summary – Week 12 2

Another week of games, another week of drama and interesting results.

English Premier League Summary Week 12

English Premier League Summary Week 12

Manchester United came back from 2-0 down to win in a dramatic comeback. Two goals from Chicharito and the third caused by his deflected shot gave United the win and a disputed hat-trick for Chicarito. United showed the spirit and belief instilled in then by Sir Alex Ferguson and had never doubted that they would win, even after being down by 2-0. Sir Alex made key adjustments at 1/2 time, bringing on super hot “Chicharito”, while moving Wayne Rooney to wide left. The Mexican did not disappoint, as he and United overturned the deficit on their way to an inspiring win. A fantastic 3-2 win for United. The win keeps United in top spot as Chelsea dropped points at home to Liverpool.

In the Liverpool, Chelsea clash, Chelsea got off to 1-0 lead with a goal from John Terry in his return from suspension. Terry, scored off a corner kick, as he lost his man, before he powered his header into the top corner. Unfortunately for Terry his afternoon was cut short as he was stretched off, late in the 1st half, after an accidental collision with Liverpool’s luis Suarez, left him with a serious looking knee injury. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made some tactical 1/2 time adjustments, moving Steven Gerard into a more deeper central roll and moving young Raheem Sterling to the wing. The adjustments paid dividends as Liverpool got a hold of the game with Gerard becoming more influential. The game was tied up by Luis Suarez, off a Jamie Carragher near post flick off from a corner kick. A well deserved point for Liverpool, while two points dropped by Chelsea.

The Champions, Man City, squared off against Spurs in a game where both sides were looking to get back to winning ways. Spurs went up 1-0 against the run of play after being totally dominated by City for the 1st 20 minutes. Spurs Steven Caulker scored off a corner where Man City keeper Joe Hart, will be disappointed that he didn’t do better.
Spurs whethered the storm with keeper Brad Friedel making numerous big saves. The tying goal was inevitable, however, as City piled on the pressure. Sergio Aguerro stepped up to do the honors by scoring with a bit of individual brilliance in the 69th minute. City continued their relentless pressure, but It took the introduction of Edin Dzeko, coming off the bench in his super-sub costume, to win the game with a great strike after some creative build-up play for City. A well earned win in a game that again showed the Champions fighting spirit. The win pushes them up to 2nd place, behind rivals United.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal season continues to move in the wrong direction as their confidence slips further away. After playing well and dominating the proceedings and going up 2-0, incredibly doubt seemed to creep into their game once they held the lead. Instead of continuing to attack Arsenal began dropping further and further back, allowing Fulham into the game.

Fulham duly obliged, with Dimitar Berbatov stepping up to control the game. Berbatov mastered the game, directing and running the play. With his confidence rubbing off on his team-mates, Fulham got on the scoreboard, scoring 3 straight goals, with his strike partner Kacaniklic, scoring two goals and the assisting on the other.

Amazingly, Arsenal began the season with the best defense in the league, but as there confidence has waned they have began to ship goals in droves. They let in two against Shalke in the Champions league and now 3 straight on this occasion. The drama didn’t stop there however, with the score tied 3-3, Arsenal, with literally the last kick of the game, Arsenal had an opportunity to snatch all 3 points. But when it rains it pours. Up stepped Mikel Arteta, with body language lacking all confidence, he took a poorly hit penalty which was easily saved by the the outstanding Fulham keeper Mark Schwartzer. Game ended in a 3-3 draw. Another poor result for Arsenal.

WBA, Everton and West Ham, continue their fine starts to the season as all three picked up well deserved wins. Everton had to come from 1-0 against an inspired Sunderland side, thanks to a goal an assist from the towering Marounne Fellaini, to get their 2-1 win.

While, WBA, are enjoying their best premiership start ever and manager Steve Clarke has them confident and playing well as they beat a stubborn Wigan side, 1-0, who appeared to be still enjoying last week’s win over Spurs.

West Ham, went to Newcastle and picked up a win, by surviving an onslaught by Newcastle, with keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen making several key saves. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had a huge incentive in this game along with Andy Carroll and winning goal scorer Kevin Nolan, as all 3 have Newcastle links, with Allardyce being especially aggrieved as he was unfairly treated in his short reign as manager there. So the win will prove very satisfying.

Elsewhere, Stoke beat QPR 1-0, piling the pressure on Mark Hughes, as his expensively assembled squad continues without a win, leaving QPR rock bottom.
Swansea drew Southampton in a game that the saints should have won other than, they keep shooting themselves in the foot with their school boy errors.

An interesting weekend of games and results, where things are beginning to separate themselves. It’s early days yet.