Player of the Weekend
Nearly three months ago, Wayne Rooney tweeted about how he found it amusing that the Touré brothers had reached the African Cup of Nations Final and lost. Unsurprisingly, this tweet resurfaced yesterday as Yaya Touré scored the goals which look to have all but secure a first Premier League title for Manchester City.
The Ivorian’s contribution was significant on Sunday as it was in the Manchester derby just over a week ago. This time he had two goals to show for his efforts too – his first a delightful low curling strike was followed by a second five minutes time, a poke from close range. Much is made of his enormous price tag but Manchester City fans won’t mind at all, given the terrific first season he’s had at the club.
Goal of the Weekend
Clint Dempsey has been having his best season in the Premier League to date. He grabbed his 17th goal of the campaign at the weekend to help Fulham to a 2-1 win against Sunderland. The American has been pivotal to the Cottagers securing their third top 10 finish in the last four years.
His goal at the weekend wasn’t too bad either. After Mahamadou Diarra was fouled 25 yards from goal, Clint Dempsey stepped up and thumped a free-kick past Simon Mignolet. It could turn out to be his final goal at Craven Cottage but if so, it was a fantastic way to bow out in West London.
Performance of the Weekend
The Premier League this season hasn’t adhered to a script but then again, when has football ever done so? Still, Norwich City were perhaps not credited enough for their display at the Emirates on Saturday with the majority of focus, as you’d expect on Arsenal’s failure to win. The Canaries though demonstrated great resilience in their 3-3 draw.
The most impressive aspect was to be found in their second equaliser. You could have attached little blame to Norwich had they wilted after van Persie’s put Arsenal into the lead. Steve Morison’s goal showed the spirit which Paul Lambert has managed to instil at Norwich. It’s going to be interesting to see how Norfolk outfit fare in the Premier League next season but as long as Lambert’s still the manager, there’s no reason why the Canaries can’t survive again in the top flight.
Quote of the Weekend
The final few days of the season are usually spruced up by fans with a bit of fancy dress. So it’s all the more encouraging hearing a manager telling his club’s supporters to get involved.
After his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers had the following message for Swans supporters prior to next week’s encounter against Liverpool:
“I’m going to ask all the fans on that day if they can wear, as a tribute to ourselves and Elvis Presley, as many Elvis Presley costumes…because when we got promoted the bookies said there was a greater chance to see Elvis Presley than for us to stay at this level.”
Hopefully between now and then, there’ll be a little less conversation and a little more action to ensure it happens…*
*I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for anyone offended by my shameful attempt to slip Elvis Presley lyrics into my final sentence. Hope you’re not all shook… whoops, nearly did it again!
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