Premier League Round-Up: The Thrills And The Spills

The action shifted back to the Premier League after a hectic Champions League qualifying round midweek. While Tottenham spanked The Young Boys to set up a date with the likes of Inter Milan and Werder Bremen in the Champions League, Liverpool and Manchester City prevailed in their Europa League clashes with Aston Villa the only English team failing to enter into the group stages. But there were quite a few surprises in store for Europe’s new boys. 


English Premier League Round-2 Results: 

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Arsenal 

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Wigan Athletic 

Blackpool 2-2 Fulham 

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United 

Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City 

Manchester United 3– 0 West Ham United 

Bolton Wanderers 2 –2 Birmingham 

Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City 

Liverpool 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 

Aston Villa 1–0 Everton 


The White Hart Pain 

Cast your minds a year back at this corresponding fixture. The final scoreline read an emphatic 9-1 with Spurs decimating a hapless Wigan side. With Tottenham finally joining the big boys in Europe and Wigan letting in a combined 10 goals in their first two defeats, you could be forgiven for not putting your money on the Latics. But the ecstatic faces of the Spurs’ fans midweek sported a rather grim look after their team once again failed to capitalize on their chances at home and lost 1-0 to the mighty Wigan Athletic, courtesy Hugo Rodallega’s 80th min strike. If this remains the trend, Inter Milan would sure be a scary prospect. 

A dejected joe jordan and Harry Redknapp see Spurs crash at home to Wigan FA Barclays Premiership. Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic. 28.08.10 Photo By Karl Winter Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Redknapp watches dejectedly as Spurs lose to Wigan


Tangerine Tangerine / Living reflection from a dream

Blackpool have been like a breath of fresh air with their lovely football and passionate play and there was a feeling that their first home game would be special. And boy, didn’t they serve up a treat? The Tangerines played Fulham in a match that had more ups and downs than the famed rollercoaster at the Blackpool Amusement Park. Bobby Zamora’s opener was cancelled out by John Pantsil’s own goal before Luke Varney finished off a beautiful move to give the hosts the lead. However Dickson Etuhu showed his class with a neatly chipped goal and saved Fulham from an embarrassing defeat. The Tangerine Army was in full force too and the 15,529 fans created an atmosphere which belied their stadium capacity. Note to the neutrals- Games at Bloomfield Road are not to be missed.  

Young Fans Blackpool 2010/11 Arsenal V Blackpool (6-0) 21/08/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
The energetic Tangerine Army


Young Guns Grow Up 

The customary war of words between Allardyce and Wenger regarding each other’s style of play was followed by a downpour at Ewood Park to give this clash of the opposites a real edge. Theo Walcott obviously hasn’t heard of the saying, “You don’t need to bust the net to score”, as his thunderous goal required extensive repairs to the Blackburn goal net during halftime. The goal was however against the run of play and Rovers quickly equalized with the two Dioufs combining to finish off a neat move. But an Arshavin strike in the 51st minute sealed a win for Arsenal that the players and the manager would be pretty proud of. An injury to Van Persie was the only area of concern in an otherwise satisfactory day for the Gunners. 

Blackburn Rovers' Gael Givet (2nd R) challenges Arsenal's Theo Walcott (L) during their English Premier League soccer match in Blackburn, northern England August 28, 2010. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)

Walcott and Arsenal held their own against Blackburn


Thrillers Ahoy 

The Reebok Stadium is hardly a place renowned for free flowing football. However Bolton and Birmingham conspired to produce an absolute thriller of a match which included the sending off of Jussi Jaskalainen for a slap on the face of Roger Johnson. The game certainly looked over with Bolton 2-0 down with ten men. But with 20 minutes to go, who else but the old warhorse Kevin Davies secured and scored a penalty and veteran Robbie Blake equalized with a stunning free kick in the 81st minute. 

Villa Park also witnessed a fascinating encounter with the visitors, Everton, enjoying 68% possession but still ending up on the losing side. Luke Young’s determined foray into the Everton box coupled with an equally sweet strike was the decider in a match which went down to the wire. Wave after wave of the Blue Tide was absorbed by the Villa defence and produced a result which provided some much needed relief for Kevin MacDonald. 

A Happy Brad Friedel Celebrates on the final whistle Aston Villa 2010/11 Aston Villa V Everton (1-0) 29/08/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Friedel absorbed the Everton onslaught producing some amazing saves


Torres, Rooney Off The Mark 

A must win game for Liverpool was in the end won in a very tense manner (typical Liverpool) with El Nino opening his account for the season with a sublime volley against a resilient West Brom side. But the difficulty in opening up the defence against whom Chelsea put six past, a couple of weeks ago, is definitely a concern. Chelsea went about their usual business and soundly beat Stoke City 2-0, with the only talking point being the penalty miss by Lampard, apparently only his third in 27 attempts. 

Wayne Rooney scores from the penalty spot Manchester United 2010/11 Manchester United V West Ham United 28/08/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Rooney sends Green the wrong way


Wayne Rooney got the monkey off his back by scoring a penalty in United’s 3-0 win over West Ham. Although his strike did look awfully similar to Lampard’s missed one and had the keeper dived the right way, it could have been a disaster for the already under pressure Rooney. Well at least the press wont call him Nostradamus for a while now for predicting his own downfall in the Nike Ad. 


And We Have The Miss Of The Season!

Manchester City’s joyride came to a halt when a Darren Bent injury time penalty condemned them to their first defeat of the season. But tomorrow’s water-cooler talk would be centered on the astonishing feat accidentally achieved by  Carlos Tevez. Yaya Toure did ever so well on the counter attack; made the initial block, ran the length of the field, lured the keeper out and squared it to Tevez for a a tap in. And what does the Argentine do? You guessed it; a classic lob over the net.

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  1. Soccerfan says:

    I was waiting for this piece… this weekly dose of epl review is one of my fav at THT… completely different than what other sites offer as weekly review… again a nice read… though last week’s round up was more entertaining than this one – I like the attempt. Keep it up…

  2. Subhasish says:

    Gr8 read… :) Blackpool is really a breath of fresh air… I am begining to like them more and more… their fans are passionate and nice to see so many young boys of age group 10-18 turning up to the stadium to support their club…