Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 5-6 November
1. Wes Brown demonstrated the loyalty that Sir Alex Ferguson has instilled in his players during his 25-year reign with an own goal winner for Manchester United. Having said that, if any Sunderland player had scored an own goal there would have been a pretty good chance the player in question was an ex-United player.
2. Blackburn fans have taken inspiration from Old Trafford for their next stunt. The Steve Kean Out Stand will be unveiled at Ewood Park before their next match.
3. Congratulations to Bolton who are now level on aggregate with Stoke. Extra time being played.
4. Poor old Steve Harper. He’s now behind Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and seemingly Dan Gosling in the Newcastle goalkeeper pecking order.
5. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy still hasn’t formulated a strategy for one-on-ones that doesn’t result in either a goal or a red card.
6. Both Manchester side demonstrated that they have got what it takes to pick up three points when they are below their best.
7. Chelsea also managed to grind out a far from glamorous win at Burn, as John Terry now calls them.
8. Phil Thompson was the worst possible person to report on Petr Cech’s injury on Soccer Saturday. “It’s his nose. I think it’s his nose, Jeff.” A nose injury to Thompson is as bad as a cruciate ligament injury to most.
9. In Paraguay, phlegm is the traditional repellent used to keep Wolves at bay. That’s Antolin Alcaraz’s defence and he’s sticking to it.
10. The weekend’s big winner was lineswoman Sian Massey who proved Richard Keys and Andy Gray wrong with an excellent offside call in the Liverpool-Swansea match.