The Premier League Weekend Review

The festive period is well under way,
Just a few sleeps now ‘till Christmas Day,
In the bitter cold defending was tight,
Moments of magic set games alight,
To Blackburn first for two super strikes,
For Steve Kean though it was more like “Yikes!”
Odemwingie and Morrison the Baggies scorers,
Enough to wake up the Ewood snorers,
The next great goal was back down south,
As Bolton received a kick in the mouth,
Bryan Ruiz with a delightful scoop,
Over Jaaskelainen the ball did loop,
More fancy footwork in the North West,
Excluding Strictly, I must protest,
Mr Grant Holt with the great move,
The burly striker was certainly in the groove,
United, Spurs and  Liverpool all grab a win,
Chelsea draw at Wigan to leave them in a spin,
Super game  at Manchester City,
Silva’s goal  though not too pretty,
Midweek action will provide a spectacle,
Not for Scott Dann with his ruptured testicle!
 

Game of the Weekend

In the season of good will, Manchester City and Arsenal served up a festive cracker on Sunday afternoon. The score line only tells half the story in what was an open and attacking match for football fans to devour. David Silva’s rather scrappy finish wasn’t the goal that the match deserved but nevertheless, it gave the home side a valuable win returning them to the top of the table.

Goal of the Weekend

This weekend saw a string of terrific finishes in particular from Peter Odemwingie, Bryan Ruiz, Grant Holt and James Morrison. For the technical brilliance though, Morrison has to take the accolade. The Baggies midfielder has shown an eye for the spectacular before but he timed his 20 yard volley to perfection as it whistled past Paul Robinson into the corner.

Player of the Weekend

In a weekend with no less than seven clean sheets, credit must go to those who managed to unlock defences. Arguably breaking down the Bolton defence hasn’t been the most arduous task this season but Bryan Ruiz provided two pieces of Costa Rican wizardry.

First he conjured up a fantastic cross which Clint Dempsey met firmly for Fulham’s first. Minutes later, Dempsey returned the favour as his provider through on goal. Ruiz had the time to execute an impudent scoop over Jussi Jaaskelainen to condemn Bolton to their thirteenth defeat of the season. After a slow start to life in England, Fulham will be hoping for more moments of magic from their expensive Costa Rican.

Miss of the Weekend

Luka Modric is more renowned for his ability to create goals rather than scoring them. He demonstrated this at White Hart Lane on Sunday. After Keiren Westwood parried Adebayor’s initial effort, the dainty Croatian had a seemingly simple opportunity to net his second goal of the season. However, he blazed over the crossbar but it still didn’t prevent Spurs from returning to winning ways.

Name of the Weekend

As if being called Royston wasn’t heroic enough, Match of the Day viewers discovered that Drenthe’s son is called Desley as he brought him into the post match interview. Obviously not content at having to settle for naming his son Desmond or Wesley, he decided a mixture of the two would do just fine. When you’re a footballer on thousands of pounds a week, why not? However, compared to the NFL’s D’Brickashaw Ferguson or Zimbabwean footballer Danger Fourpence, Drenthe has some way to go in the outrageous naming stakes.

What other unusual sporting names have caught your eye? Tweet me @arhindtutt or comment below!

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