Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 19-20 November
Andre Marriner, hang your head in shame
1. Blackburn managed to save a late point at Wigan, but in doing so probably meant Steve Kean keeps his job for another week. So the big question for Rovers’ fans is would you rather have lost and him go?
2. It showed the lack of quality in that game that Yakubu managed to score two goals and yet couldn’t even connect with a stationary ball by the corner flag. Still, Andre Marriner gave him the benefit of no doubt whatsoever.
3. Chelsea are certainly struggling. By the end of 2012, 12 of the 26 players in their current squad will be 30 or more. Time for revolution over evolution at the Bridge?
4. All the hype before the game surrounded Torres (and to a lesser extent Meireles) against their former club. Glen Johnson got overlooked in the ex-club brigade, but whilst the first two played a total of 16 minutes combined, Johnson made the most telling of contributions.
5. Sunderland had scored one goal in their last six games against Fulham. Fulham had only scored three goals in six away games this season. The weekend’s 0-0 banker was as drab and dour as had been predicted.
6. Excitable and effervescent in almost all that he does, Newcastle found the way to keep Mario Balotelli glum: Let him score a penalty.
7. Manchester City fans have started to throw away early season caution. On Saturday they could be heard to chant: We’re Manchester City, we score when we want.
8. However, all was not rosy, as at half-time it was diosplayed on the giant screen that no chips were available in the stadium. One quick-witted fan tweeted: “No chips at the Man City game ….. Apparently they were in the kitchen but refused to warm up!”
9. Chant of the week comes from the Arsenal fans, who were heard in the second half singing: Going down, going down, Harry’s going down to the tune of KC and the Sunshine Band’s Give It Up.
10. What has happened to Stoke’s solidity? Before the 18th September they had conceded three or more goals on three occasions in their last 42 Premier League games. Since then they have done so in five out of eight games. Even fortress Britannia is no longer worthy of such a description.