The Premier League Weekend Review

Former Chelsea assistant, Ray WilkinsAfter a nine day break, the Premier League returned,
A date for which Fergie must have yearned,
Against the Wanderers, United looked strong,
Paul Scholes goal meant another swansong,
Disappointment was the emotion further to the west,
As Liverpool drew to cause Anfield unrest,
Ex-Red Fernando with an overhead kick,
Surprisingly enough we’re not taking the mick,
Didn’t go in though as you’d have thought,
Rebound turned in by Lampard, three points brought,
One nil win sends the Blues to fourth,
But frustration overrides a touch further North,
Wolves hold firm against the Spurs,
Whilst Harry’s philosophical, McCarthy purrs,
Defeat for Midlands rivals West Bromwich,
Another three points for the Canaries of Norwich,
Four miles to the east Everton went to Villa,
A one all draw by no means a thriller,
Newcastle squeeze past Hughes’ Rangers,
Whilst Arsenal look like passing strangers,
Blitzed by the effervescent Swansea,
Pass after pass with great majesty,
To the North West, with not so much style,
Steve Kean’s Blackburn had all the guile,
Vital three points for the Rovers’ ten,
Misery away for Fulham again,
Just one game left in the weekend for now,
Can Wigan stop the City juggernaut somehow?

Goal of the Weekend

Although there were some good efforts this weekend, it was a particularly tricky choice to pick the best goal in the Premier League, from Andrew Surman’s technically brilliant volley to Michael Carrick’s low curler. However, for a piece of individual skill, Newcastle’s Leon Best takes it.

The ex-Coventry City forward knows he has a big chance to prove himself with Demba Ba away at the Africa Cup of Nations for a few weeks. Best managed to rekindle some of his early season form which for a brief period put his Senegalese teammate in the shadows. His turn and finish was sublime and was fit to win what was an otherwise dour encounter against QPR.

Player of the Weekend

Swansea City have many a journalist foaming at the mouth. Playing with such style and panache never before seen from a promoted team, they continue to prove doubters wrong. Nathan Dyer was the standout player for the Swans at the weekend.

A constant menace throughout, the tricky winger managed an assist in the first half, being brought down for a penalty, something Arsene Wenger unsurprisingly disagreed with. In the second period, Dyer went one better this time plunging the ball past Szczesny to double Swansea’s goal tally for the afternoon.

Save of the Weekend

Adam Bogdan has had a tough few weeks. He faced the ignominy of being the keeper to on the receiving end of Tim Howard’s freak goal and to boot, conceded three at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. However, the diminutive goalkeeper made a fine save from Wayne Rooney’s penalty in the first half. He flung himself low to his right as he managed to claw out the United No.10’s spot kick.

Quote of the Weekend

Ray Wilkins commentary can infuriate some fans at the best of times if what’s trending on Twitter is anything to go by. First renowned for his regurgitation of “Stay on your feet!” he seems to have settled on “My Word!” as his new catchphrase. Along with commenting that Yohan Cabaye should “get on with the game” before he was carried off on a stretcher, he produced another cracker during the Newcastle and QPR game.

“Eddie [Niedzwecki] you gotta leave your hair alone fella, it’s disappearing.”

Ray, as the great football philosopher Jonathan Terry once said, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

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