Saturday, 23 November 2013

Saturday Special: A Quick Recap Of The EPL Matches That Took Place Today

Everton 3 3 Liverpool

The Merseyside derby is fast becoming the most entertaining football derby in England, just as nothing separates Everton and Liverpool geographically, nothing could separate them in this game as they played out a pulsating 3-3 draw.. Judging from the scoreline, the game was full of drama and tension.

The major talking point was how Everton's Kevin Mirallas didn't get sent off following a horror challenge on Luis Suarez. For some bizarre reasons, referee Phil Dowd only booked the Belgian for the bloody tackle. Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers made a really interesting comment on the horror show: 'It would have been interesting if it was Luis Suarez that made the challenge....

'They're career-threatening challenges what we're trying to eradicate from the game. It was a poor, poor challenge and definitely should have been a red card.'

If referee Phil Dowd claims he didnt see it, then retrospective action should be taken on Mirallas , but if the man in the middle saw it and decided there was not enough blood on Suarez's leg to warranty a red card for mirallas, then the 50 year old should be suspended.

Another person that amazed me during this thrilling encounter was Barcelona wonderkid Gerard Deulofeu, in my opinion he was the man of the match! the 19 year old loanee could have had a couple of goals if not for the brilliance of Liverpool's goalie Simon Mignolet. What i dont still understand is why this teenage sensation is still looking for his first league start for the Tofees, Well, every time Everton leave him on the bench, his contract decrees that the money they have to pay Barcelona for his season-long loan rises... Guess the people in Catalunya are swimming in money now.

Arsenal 2 0 Southampton

If we are to believe the league table, Arsenal vs Southampton was a top of the table clash! It dint disappoint, if not for the moment of madness from Saints supposed to be guardian angel - Artur Boruc. The game also witnessed the efficiency of bereaved Olivier giroud and over-efficient referee Mark Clattenberg. Normally, unforced errors is a terminology exclusively for tennis, But Arthur Boruc gave us a rethink of that when he singlehandedly handed the hosts the lead.. The Polish keeper put up a pity face after the calamitous error, but we are not attending his pity party this time around, this was the same goalie that was reduced to tears after embarrassingly conceding a bizarre goal from a fellow goalie who was about 80 yards away... We shared in his tears then after the honest mistake, but when he tried to dribble Olivier Giroud today, that was one mistake too many.. The bereaved French striker dint look at Boruc's face as he duly buried the ball in the back of the net.

Arsenal's second goal was from another unforced error, Fonte pulled the shirt of towering Per Mertesacker in the box and Mark Clattenberg pointed to the spot. If you follow the rules to the letter, it was a glaring penalty.. but if all the referees in the world are as disciplined as Clattenberg then i'm afraid we will start having cricket scorelines in football. Olivier Giroud bravely stepped forward to score his seventh EPL goal of the season. 

Unbridled joy: Giroud celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winner against Southampton at the Emirates

The bereaved Frenchman pointed to the skies after his efficient brace as he dedicated his goals to his grandfather who died two days ago.. Giroud said after the game: “Two days before [the match] I lost my grandfather so I’m really motivated to dedicate these goals to him and I hope he is proud of me in the sky.”

Stoke City 2 0 Sunderland


I was grudgingly following events at the Britannia until the 36th minute when Sunderland defender Wes Brown was shown a straight red card for clearly wining the ball off Charlie Adam. Another referee incompetence was enough excuse for me to turn the Tv off, i mean.. if you watch the replay of that challenge hundred times, hundred out of hundred that was a world class tackle.. Referee Kevin Friend allowed play to go on and suddenly blew his whistle, probably after communicating with another ineffective linesman as he gave the former Manchester United man his marching orders.

West Ham 0 3 Chelsea
Old enemy: Frank Lampard scored two goals as Chelsea comfortably beat West Ham at Upton Park

The moral lesson of this game - Never wake a sleeping lion! In the build up to this local derby, the whole media was all about Frank Lampard's 10 match goal drought, they told us he hadn't hit that goalless streak since 2003. The Chelsea and England legend obviously read the papers and shut them all up with a classic brace.

Newcastle 2 - 1 Norwich

First up: Newcastle United striker Loic Remy heads in the opening goal against Norwich

News Of The Day - Newcastle finally scored a goal from a corner kick! in what seems like eternity, the Magpies havent scored from that particular setpiece since October 2011.. but when in-form Loic Remy nodded home a 2nd minute corner, he changed the course of history.. it was also the French man's eighth league goal of the season.

Under fire: Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton endured unhappy return to Newcastle

My thoughts also goes out to the only black manager in the league - Norwich's Chris Hughton, i hope he doesnt get the sack letter following his fourth loss in his last six matches with the Canaries.

Fulham 1 2 Swansea

All smiles: Martin Jol sits next to Meulensteen ahead of kick-off

You cant have two captains in a ship was the message Swansea sent to Fulham after the London club paraded two coaches in the dug-out during their disappoint home loss to the Welsh club. As we reported earlier in the month, Fulham recruited former Man Utd manager Rene Meulesteen as head coach to join forces with manager Martin Jol, and questions have been raised on how the club are going to manage the two experienced managers, well, the result just shows that TWO is a crowd!

Hull 0 1 Crystal Palace

Like what you see? New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis was in the stands at the KC Stadium

New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis watched from the stands as his men sealed a long-awaited 1-0 victory against Hull City. The former Stoke City manager was confirmed before the match as the man to fill the void left by Ian Holloway at the end of October, and he saw Barry Bannan's strike end an eight-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League despite another soft red card dished out to Yannick Bolasie


  1. hahaha.. abi o.. phil dowd reminded me of secondri schls, when referees wont blow for foul.. whey one complain, they wlb like wherz the blood? lol

  2. Inconsistency is eating the EPL, Mirallas just saw yellow for a career ending tackle, while Brown saw Red for possibly the cleanest tackle of all time.. Premier lge referees are shit

  3. Unforced error for football.. that one sef dey. what of ace? Giroud's penalty can be counted as an ace

  4. Itunu u too yan mhen.. Atewo ati ariwo for my padi

  5. Later useless Arsenal fans will call Eto a thief.. Im sure y'all were celebrating when Giroud pounced on that keeper. blaady 2faced ppl.. i cant deal mahn

  6. Giroud, ur Grandfather will not be proud of you, until u win the golden boot this season #Motivation

  7. Who said you cant eat your cake and have it? Ask Barcelona.. so if Deulofeu starts, he gets to build his development and if he sits on the bench, their bank acct gets developed.. hmmm

  8. So whats your point exactly about Clattenberg? u blaming him for doing his job over effectively.. if we av more ppl like clattenberg in the game, we wwl av less of fontes, then football becomes more interesting