To Anfield first where we shall reassess,
Pick apart and analyse this weekend’s mess,
Liverpool held, they failed to perform,
The same can’t be said of Michel Vorm,
For all that Dalglish’s side ran and ran,
They were never going to beat the Flying Dutchman,
Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor scored a peach of a goal,
Had the precision of a quarter back in the Super Bowl,
Fergie celebrated 25 years at Manchester United,
Of cheating however they were indicted,
Persuading the referee into another decision,
Correct call made though, so no collision,
Bolton avenged their Wembley demon,
Perhaps this could herald the start of their season,
Tony Pulis’ Stoke had a tough day to endure,
Still no European hangover cure,
Enough with this procrastination,
It’s time to review without deliberation!
Performance of the Weekend
Liverpool may have not been at the best on Saturday but Swansea had to be to deny them at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers side looked well organised and resolute in their 0-0 draw in the North West. The stand out player yet again was Michel Vorm. His best save was an improbable one handed tip over the bar from Glen Johnson’s well hit volley.
The first Welsh side in the Premier League continue to prove they are a forced to be reckoned with. Judging by the way Manchester United have been playing of late, it’s not implausible that the Swans could take points off their illustrious visitors in two weeks time at the Liberty Stadium.
Player of the Weekend
Robin van Persie displayed yet more facets to his game in Arsenal’s 3-0 procession against West Brom. A goal poacher for the first, tapping in the rebound from Theo Walcott’s shot, he turned provider for the second and third goals, laying it on for Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta to lash past Ben Foster. Another world class performance from the Gunners captain and suddenly, Arsenal don’t look a bad shout for the top four.
Honourable Mentions: Gareth Bale, Gabby Agbonlahor, Michel Vorm, Chris Eagles
Goal of the Weekend
Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor is renowned for his precision when it comes to dead ball situations. He displayed against Everton how he can place it with equal accuracy when the ball is moving. His looping half volley left Tim Howard dazed as it soared over him, nicking the cross bar on its way into the far corner. Beautiful
Miss of the Weekend
Poor old Fernando Torres must be wondering what he has to do to score. From nearly under the crossbar, the £50 million man managed to sky the ball into the fans. It’s actually reached the point where his profligacy in front of goal is quite incredible considering the player he was just two years ago. You wonder how much longer Chelsea will persist with their multimillion pound flop. Surely he’ll rediscover his confidence sooner or later or so André Villas Boas will be hoping.