Player of the Weekend
Let’s commence with a player enjoying a remarkable start to life in England. He may not even be able to speak English but this hasn’t hindered Papiss Demba Cissé’s goal scoring ability. The Senegalese now has seven goals in seven games in the Premier League. The striker netted a double against a lacklustre Liverpool side. It meant Newcastle went 11 points clear of their opponents on Sunday. If Cissé’s recent goal scoring exploits continue in the next eight games, the Magpies can certainly challenge Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea for a Champions League place.
Goal of the Weekend
It’s been another odd week for Manchester City what with Sergio Aguero’s bizarre injury and Mario Balotelli turning up at an Inter Milan press conference on Wednesday. Saturday brought disappointment with a dogged Sunderland claiming a draw at the Etihad. It did see the man who cannot keep himself out of the headlines net a blinding second for City. Mario Balotelli may have argued over a free-kick in the second half but his curving effort which helped to pull City back into the game was sublime. Having scored a spot-kick in the first half, he unleashed what Sergio Aguero might describe as a blistering effort past Simon Mignolet from just outside the penalty area.
Miss of the Weekend
Firstly Wigan deserve credit for turning in another fantastic display as Roberto Martinez’s side continue in their fight for survival. However, even though it’s been a while since the “Miss of the Weekend” section has been used, Jean Beausejour’s performance gave enough reason for it to be revived once more. The winger signed from Birmingham City should have celebrated two goals on Saturday but instead, he conspired to miss two gilt-edged chances for the Latics.
In the first half, the Chilean managed to let the ball roll up his shin from just over four yards out with the goal gaping whilst in the second period, he arrowed an effort straight at Asmir Begovic from a similar distance under no pressure from a Stoke player. Yet when it came to crossing, Beausejour was on much better form as he provided the assist for Wigan’s first goal. Maybe it’s best then that Beausejour is kept out of the opposition’s penalty area.
Dive of the Weekend
It just hasn’t worked out for Andy Carroll at Liverpool. Perhaps then at St. James’s Park (or the Sports Direct Arena – for all the pedants out there), we saw a late audition by Carroll for the Team GB Diving team with the Olympics just months away. As much as Kenny Dalglish may protest otherwise, the former £35 million forward dived having taken the ball past Tim Krul early on in Sunday’s encounter.
He could have actually scored had he stayed on his feet but matching the efforts of Tom Daley seemed higher on his list of priorities. Newcastle’s James Perch was eager to challenge Carroll late on, judging by his reaction to Pepe Reina’s headbutt. He dramatically flung himself to the floor after the Liverpool goalkeeper brushed his nose albeit not in the most affectionate manner. For someone of Reina’s experience though, it was silly to lean his head in as he did but had Perch displayed a little more sportsmanship, the Spaniard would have remained on the field.
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