Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 24-25 November

Posted by - November 26, 2012 - Conclusions, Lists, Premier League

1. Rafael Benitez hardly got a warm welcome at Stamford Bridge. Roman Abramovich might like to pick up a copy of Mike Ashley’s excellent pamphlet ‘The Football Club Owner’s Guide To Surviving Fan Mutiny’.

2. Chelsea fans were angry, booing Benitez and holding up scraps of paper bemoaning the Spaniard’s appointment… and yet Fernando Torres still managed to be the grumpiest man at Stamford Bridge.

3. Sky Sports’ Super Sunday frequently edges towards hyperbole, but rarely has it teetered so close to breaching the Trades Descriptions Act.

4. Roberto Mancini made the mistake of starting his super-sub. Sir Alex Ferguson left his on the bench and he came on to help his side to victory.

5. It was a weekend of slippery balls. Keepers across the Premier League were committing or very nearly committing absolute howlers, but none more so than Wigan’s Ali Al Habsi.

6. OTP was delighted to see Reading defender Sean Morrison on the scoresheet and raising publicity for his important work in the field of cereal sampling with a bowl-and-spoon celebration.

7. Yet again we see a Premier League team suffering a hangover as a result of their travel excursions. Is it really fair to make players travel from Newcastle to Southampton for a game of football?

8. Tony Pulis defeated Martin Jol in the Battle of the Britannia Baseball Caps. Fair play to the Fulham manager for attempting to beat the Stoke boss in his own backyard in the ill-advised headwear stakes.

9. Leighton Baines’ Movember effort is one of this year’s more ‘bumfluffy’ efforts.

10. Take a bow, Jordi Gomez. Got to love the old right foot, left foot, header perfect hat-trick.