Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 3-4 March
1. AVB’s record of just 19 wins in 40 games was clearly too much to stomach for a club with such astronomical aspirations and confetti budgets. Much more sickening has been the woeful behaviour of the players under his charge. If you can’t play for your manager, at least have the pride to play for your fans.
2. Sunderland’s ugly ‘get in their faces’ tactics could do nothing to stop Tyne and Wear derby colossus Shola Ameobi. The forward’s late equaliser was his 7th against Sunderland. No one has scored more against the Mackems in Premier League history.
3. Oddly, Balotelli excels in damage limitation. Despite breaking a club curfew on Friday he made the scoresheet 36 hours later against Bolton. Back in November he did similar, bagging a brace against United, just two days after igniting his house with Catherine wheels.
4. Wigan owner Dave Whelan blotted his famously clear manager-backing copybook by publically questioning why Martinez left 3 quality players on the bench against Swansea. With a meek 2 goals this season, Rodallega should be chuffed to still be regarded as ‘quality.’
5. Have the Premier League partnered up with an animal rescue centre? A cat was released at Liverpool two weeks back and now a squirrel has been given the right to roam at Loftus Road. Next week, keep your eyes peeled for a streaking badger at Craven Cottage.
6. Not content with mirroring the look of Ivan Drago, Pavel Pogrebnyak is now starting to play like the Rocky nemesis boxed, with pounding power and ruthless precision. The Russian has now scored 5 goals in his first 5 shots on target for Fulham.
7. The ‘smash and grab’ victory is back in vogue this week. Both Arsenal and Manchester United stole three points despite being ripped to shreds by their opponents in their respective first halfs. Jammy and classy in equal measure.
8. For the first time Tottenham are looking down the table not up. Their earlier aspirations to be involved in a title chase now appear laughable given their record against the contenders – Spurs have conceded 3+ goals to Manchester United twice and Manchester City twice.
9. Charlie Adam’s ‘Hollywood ball’ completion rate has been shocking this season and all the more irritating when a simple ITV2 pass would be just as productive.
10. With his regular rallying calls in the press and match-winning performances of late, Wojciech Scezney is marking himself out as promising leader in a post-RVP world. Replicating the Dutchman’s scoring record might be a bit trickier for the Pole.