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Monday, 19 September 2011

Squarefootball's Weekend Wonders in the Premier League

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In a change to our regularly scheduled programming, our Team of the Week article has been revamped to become this new weekly fixture. Each week I, Mitch Waddon, will look through the best and the worst of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures in the hope to provide some insight into our favourite game.



Manager of the Weekend: Steve Kean (Blackburn Rovers)

The Blackburn manager may not have silenced his critics completely, but he has certainly hushed them for another week. His team fought valiantly from a 2-1 half time deficit to win against Arsenal 4-3. Kean would’ve had a tough 15 minutes in the dressing room to motivate his players and, led by a rejuvenated Yakubu, the Blackburn players did their boss proud and gave him a fighting chance of keeping his job.

Goal of the Weekend: Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur)

What a beautiful strike! Seven minutes into the game at White Hart Lane the Croatian midfielder curled in a spectacular effort from 25 yards to kick start the goals for Spurs. It was a fantastic way for Modric to silence the doubters who thought his best form had left him since his flirtation with Chelsea over the summer.

Howler of the Weekend: Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

I don’t care who you are, or what level you play football at: you do not, repeat DO NOT, miss an open goal from four yards. I may be being a bit harsh, as Torres did have a very good game against Manchester United and he did score a flashy chip to double his tally for Chelsea, but there is no excuse. It’s a shame for the Spaniard, but at least now he will go down in history, as shocking misses up and down the country will henceforth be referred to as ‘Nandos’.

Save of the Weekend: Shay Given (Aston Villa)

Given was fantastic against old club Newcastle this weekend, keeping new club Aston Villa in the game. The pick of the bunch for me was his stunning dive across the goal late on to deny Cabaye’s powerful volley from the edge of the 18 yard box.

Controversy of the weekend: Yakubu’s second goal

Was Yakubu offside? The Nigerian striker was in the right place at the right time when Nzonzi’s wayward effort allowed him to poke in from close range. However replays show that the Arsenal defence may have had cause to complain with Arsene Wenger also joining in the protests. Yak’s goal made the score 3-2 and, had it been ruled offside, maybe Arsenal would’ve picked up the win.

Mitch’s Moment:

The moment I’ve selected this weekend is Ashley Cole’s challenge on Javier Hernandez inside the penalty area during the game between Manchester United and Chelsea. Cole’s tackle on the Mexican, whose shot went into the side netting, was bone crunching and dangerous, meaning that Hernandez had to be substituted and looks to be out injured for a few weeks. Referee Dowd felt that our Ashley deserved to be given the yellow card, leaving many speechless that, if a foul has been conceded, then surely a penalty should be awarded to United. Since the incident, Dowd has apparently stated that the ball was marginally out of play during the foul, meaning that it counts as an off the ball incident. I believe this to be accurate, as the ball needs to be inside the penalty area with the offended party for a penalty kick to be given. I know the decision by the referee left fans up and down the country bewildered, so hopefully we’ve cleared that one up for you!

Do you agree with Mitch's Team of the Week? Was Modric's opener against Liverpool better than Nani's blistering drive at Old Trafford? What about Steve Bruce? Should he have been given the Manager of the Week award for scoring four and keeping a clean sheet against Stoke? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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