Wow! A new Premier League goalscoring record yesterday as teams from the top flight banged away 36 goals with out-of-form Dimitar Berbatov contributing 5 himself. My predictions may as well have been throw away at half time in the majority of games yesterday.
But what did we learn from it all? Here are my conclusions to the highest scoring Premier League day of all time:
1. Rooney is Back
I wish he wasn’t. Even though he couldn’t get on the scoresheet against the woeful Blackburn, he was part of everything. His passing was out of this world at times and once again he looked the real deal. Frightening for any non-United fans.
2. Robert Pires will not change Villa’s under-par season
I don’t know if it’s the position Houllier has put him in, or the fact he looks like he might poo at any time, but for all his style and coolness – he’s just too slow. Hopefully he’ll come in useful helping out youngsters on the coaching end or possibly taking free kicks. Sadly, he just looks past it.
3. Ciaran Clark is destined for big things
I remember reading a lot about the lad when he was in the U-19s squad at Villa Park, yesterday he single handedly gave Villa a fighting chance of recovering against Arsenal and had the Gunners a little shaken. He looked quality, composed and unafraid to get involved, they have a real star there.
4. Wolves won’t go down
I was so impressed yesterday when Hunt smashed in the Wolves equaliser, he ran to get the ball and take it to the centre circle. This is a team that have had a poor run of results and are sat in 19th of the Premier League, yet that desire to take the game and win it was amazing. If McCarthy can keep galvanising his team, tighten up at the back and possibly get the strikers firing a little better, they’ll survive another year (but only just).
5. West Ham Will Go Down
Their season has not been saved, far from it. Beating Wigan isn’t really that difficult, you just have to get them on one of their bad weeks. I just can’t see them surviving, to put it this way, they make Scott Parker look amazing. That Obinna lad looks good though doesn’t he?
6. I can see why Wigan have shipped off Chris Kirkland
Ali Al-Habsi produced some wonderful saves yesterday and is really looking like a top keeper. Funny though isn’t it? It hardly seems that long since Chris Kirkland was tipped to be the next England no1 at Liverpool. Though, I always thought he wasn’t that good.
7. Chris Brunt has to move come the summer
Baggies’ fans will hate me, but he has to. He’s simply too good to be playing for West Brom. He was immense yesterday. One of the top 4 (5, 6, 7?) will entice the lad next summer. He’s been heavily linked to Liverpool and that could be one possible destination come as early as January.
8. Jermaine Beckford can’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo
He may be able to beautifully curl a finish into the top corner, but he’s not the best at bundling something home. He missed 3 sitters yesterday in a game Everton lost 4-1. How different things could have been.
9. Bolton can’t defend corners
When a team scores two identical goals against you, from the same side, that isn’t fluke or a momentary lapse in concentration, that’s when you just can’t defend it very well. For all Bolton’s class of late, they’ll do better if they spend a little more time defending set plays.
10. Owen Coyle is God
Burnley fans briefly called Coyle this prior to calling him “Judas”. But the way the scot has got Bolton playing with only minor changes made the core squad, is nothing short of a miracle. Gary Megson moaned about his departure from Bolton, though I’m sure even he could admit now that the right decision was made.
11. Balotelli can’t be bothered.
He won’t win any fans at the Eastlands by sauntering around the pitch like a moody teenager for 90 minutes. He looked dire on Saturday and fans will have little patience if he looks like he can’t be bothered. With Adebayor off on loan in January and Roque Santa Cruz possibly out the door, Mancini will be desperate to see a massive improvement.
12. Robert Huth has a rodent on his face.
As do half the Stoke squad (see pic at the top). I loved it. It even forced Paul Dalgish to tweet “Robert Huth’s tash is great. I think all German players should be forced to grow them in honour of old school German porn stars!”
13. Hleb still has it
Yesterday he showed glimpses of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt. I wonder if one of the bigger English teams make any attempts for his signature come the summer following the end of his loan from Barcelona?
14. Why is Clint Dempsey still at Fulham?
He’s so talismanic, a quality player that never gives up. So why don’t any of the bigger clubs give him the time of day? I think with better players around him the lad could really start making headlines. That said, I still couldn’t see where he would go … well apart from Spurs, but they buy everyone.
15. Lawro may as well give up
As should I. As should any punter in a betting shop. If Lawro had predicted yesterday’s scores on Friday, fans would have been telling him that he’s mad. What a season it’s shaping up to be though, a real roller coaster, I can’t wait.
Bring on today’s action!