Game Week One of the Barclays Premier League and boy did we kick off with some incredible games. Too often the build up to the opening matches eclipses the games themselves, but this hasn’t been the case this season.
Last season saw Norwich really cover themselves in credit for a debut season. But Fulham for wont of a better description murdered them 5-0. Goals from Duff, Mladen Petric (2), Kacaniklic and finally Sidwell ruined the Canaries day trip to London.
Swansea were being viewed by all and sundry as a side that after being heavily plundered in the close season, ‘had it all to do.’ To say that Queens Park Rangers were reliant upon their home form last term is an understatement. However, Norwich weren’t the only side to get thumped.The goals came from Dyer (2) Sinclair and Michu (2).
Liverpool had an out and out disaster. In an ill tempered affair that ended with West Brom concentrating on playing football …Gera, Lukaku and Odemwingie all scored goals. Johnson, Lucas, Suarez, Carroll all scored yellows and Daniel Agger went one better and scored a red.
Liverpool whined and weaseled their way through much of last season. It appears a new coach hasn’t made a jot of difference.
Spurs were another team with a new manager at the helm whilst they put up a decent go of it the absence of Luka Modric and a better striking option that Jermain Defoe really showed. The Newcastle United goals came from Ben Arfa and Ba.
Chelsea vs Wigan was a strange old game. Two swift goals and whilst Wigan did try their best, they were hardly terrifying. Chelsea just seemed happy to switch off and mop it up. Ivanovic scored in open play and Lampard from the spot.
Wow, were Southampton good. Yes, naive and lots of other stuff, but essentially very good. City (spoiler alert) won but it was despite one of the worst penalties you’ll ever witness plus a clearly offside Tevez goal. But the league table doesn’t lie. The Saints played with heart, but left The Etihad pointless. Nasri, Tevez and Dzeko for City. Davis and Lambert for Southampton.