The first Premier League weekend of the 2011/12 season has passed us by and what a good one it was too. With own goals and wonder goals, diving saves and goalkeeping howlers, over this article we will be reliving those moments.
I thought the best game was West Brom vs. Manchester United. David De Gea endured a difficult game to say the least; Shane Long’s goal was probably his fault as the ball snuck under the Spaniard. De Gea did not let his head drop though, on a regular basis he would throw himself and an incoming cross, unfortunately for him he often found himself being crashed into by other players. Ashley Young got a late winner for United, he dummied a cross then cut in, this beat the fullback with ease, Young ran down the goal line and hit a perfectly placed shot from an awkward angle, Ben Foster had no chance of stopping it. Overall United will be happy with the win, West Brom have proved troublesome for big teams before, today was no exception. The final score was West Brom 1-2 Manchester United.
QPR played host to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, the visitors looked totally in control and a 4-0 defeat flattered the hosts. Petrov almost made it 5-0 to Bolton in the dying embers of the game when the Queens Park Rangers’ keeper, Paddy Kenny, ran out and the Bulgarian lobbed the ball over him from 40 yards out.
Bolton will be more than pleased with the result, especially as it puts them in 1st place, but will they be able to keep this up with key players injured?
Aston Villa visited Craven Cottage at the weekend in the biggest game of the season so far. Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, was looking to start his Premier League campaign with a win. It was a dull match and finished 0-0. Fulham were the dominant side but lacked ability in the final third and wasted some good chances. Both sides will be disappointed with the result, however, Villa were lucky to avoid defeat.
Arsenal drew 0-0 away at Newcastle in a drab match, Gervinho had a good start in his competitive debut for Arsenal, at least until he got into a fight with Joey Barton which saw the Ivorian sent off.
Arsenal will be incredibly disappointed with the result, but in truth, they did not deserve a win so the result was the right one.
On Monday, Manchester City played against Premier League new boys, Swansea City. Manchester City were the best team from start to finish in their 4-0 win; Sergio Aguero (also known as Kun Aguero) started his City career with a man of the match performance and more importantly, two goals.
City did not raise any eyebrows with their master class, but they will be more than satisfied with the result.
The first match of the new season saw a repeat of last season’s ‘Survival Sunday’ as Wolves took on Blackburn at Ewood Park. Blackburn took the lead on the 20th minute through Formica, but Wolves bounced back and got the equaliser two minutes later, Ward went on to get the winner after Paul Robinson parried away a penalty and he stroked in the rebound, 2:1 to Wolves.
Wolves will be pleased they got revenge after their 3-2 defeat, that almost cost them their Premier League status, to Blackburn last year. On the other hand, Blackburn will be disappointed they started this season in a similar fashion to whole of last season.
A visit to the Brittania Stadium has proved difficult for most teams, and Chelsea were no exception in their 0-0 draw with Stoke. Chelsea started the game on the front foot but Stoke were closing the Chelsea players down with ease. It was only in the second half, but you could see the difference in quality between the two sides. Begovic had a lot of saves to make in the second half, including a very awkward shot from Obi Mikel. Torres picked up man of the match.
Chelsea will be disappointed with the result as they were the better team, but Stoke fought hard so the draw seems fair.
Norwich City played Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday in what was a close match, Watson scored a penalty which gave Wigan the lead, but Norwich worked hard. Their goal came in the 45th minute when the Wigan keeper, Ali Al-Habsi, fumbled a cross which ended up at Hoolahan’s feet, and he did not waste the chance.
Norwich will be pleased they avoid an opening day defeat in their 1-1 draw with Wigan, Wigan missed N’Zogbia and it showed.
Liverpool opened their bid for Champions League football with a 1-1 at home to Sunderland, Luis Suarez scored the opener 12 minutes into the match; it was very much the kind of goal you would except from the Copa America winner. But Sunderland came back and clinched a goal, the goal came from a perfect ball by Elmohamady and Larsson hit home a superb volley to make it 1-1.
Liverpool deserved a win but luck was not on their side, they missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed. However the Liverpool fans will be pleased with the progress their team has made.
Written by Thomas.W.Munson
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