Player of the Weekend
Blackburn and Wolves fought out the proverbial “relegation six-pointer” on Saturday afternoon. It was Rovers’ hottest talent who rose to the occasion to give them a vital three points. Junior Hoilett’s contract runs out in the summer and many top clubs will be hunting for the 21-year-old’s signature.
His performance on Saturday was too much for a Wolves side looking bereft of confidence. Blackburn are now three points ahead of the relegation zone and with Hoilett’s help, Steve Kean will be hoping Rovers can accelerate away from the battle for survival.
Goal of the Weekend
Not only was Hoilett’s performance stunning, his second goal was fantastic too. After good build-up play down the left hand side, the ball was squared into the centre where the Canadian subsequently caught the Wolves defence flat-footed. After quickly shifting the ball onto his left foot, he arrowed a low strike past Wayne Hennessey from 25 yards out to secure victory for Rovers.
Performance of the Weekend
Swansea City have become renowned for their style, even before they were promoted to the Premier League. Yesterday the Swans proved they can play with panache and overcome one of the division’s best teams. Luke Moore netted the winner with a late header as Manchester City ultimately had no answer to a solid display from Brendan Rodgers side. It was also a sign of how Swansea have progressed since the opening day of the season when Manchester City ruthlessly tore them apart in a ruthless second half performance. What’s more this result all but secured the Swans Premier League status for next season.
Controversy of the Weekend
Another weekend inevitably means another controversy as the goal line technology debate returned yet again. Bolton were the beneficiaries as QPR’s Clint Hill headed the ball a good yard over the line, yet the officials were unable to see it. What everyone seems to have ignored is that Rangers’ goal in the second half was offside. Now two wrongs shouldn’t make a right, however in this case, the decisions evened out.
Of course, it’s much more of an advantage to QPR to be one goal up rather than coming from behind but as hard as it may be, you have to play to the situation. Even though Mark Hughes was fuming at the refereeing decisions, he must accept that his side did not defend well enough to merit a win.
The Premier League though has to appreciate now that actually having goal line technology will solve more problems than it causes. It will also ease pressure on officials and clubs which can only help the game in England.
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