The laws of football are pretty very well known among football fans. However, just occasionally there’s an incident in the Premier League which has the average fan brushing the dust off his copy of the rule book. Such an incident happened at Stamford Bridge this weekend when Samuel Eto’o stole the ball away from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, while he was bouncing it, resulting in Eden Hazard scoring for Chelsea. It is generally accepted that a goalkeeper with the ball in his hands can not be challenged for a possession but one bouncing a ball? It transpires that the goalkeeper is fully entitled to bounce the ball unchallenged and that the goal should not have stood.
Newcastle vs Liverpool does not disappoint
In the history of this fixture in the Premier League there have been 126 goals scored in this fixture, more than any other. With this in mind this weekend’s installment did not disappoint. Saturday’s early kick-off had a 30-yard wonder strike, a red card, Steven Gerrard’s 100th Premier League goal and two more goals just to add to the spectacle. Honours were even in the end and the game ended 2-2. Mark your calendars for May 11th, the last day of the season, when Newcastle make the trip to Anfield.
The Ferguson Hangover is well and truly in effect
With eight games played Manchester United have just 11 points and sit eighth in the Premier League. Southampton’s late equaliser snatched away two points and stopped David Moyes getting United’s title defence on track. One thing is for sure, teams do not fear going to Old Trafford like they did during the Sir Alex’s reign.
Poyet, the worst start a man can get
It is often the case in modern football that a new manager can bring with him a sudden boost in results. This appears not to be the case from Gus Poyet and Sunderland. Taking over the side at the bottom of the league without a win was never going to be an easy task. But this weekend’s 4-0 defeat away at Swansea underlined just how hard the task is ahead for the Uruguayan.
Triangles, triangles, triangles
Arsenal are making things look easy at the moment. Their first goal was a masterpiece of one touch football set up by Olivier Giroud and finished by Jack Wilshire. As far as team play goes, it doesn’t get much better than that. Prepare to see this goal a few more times before the season is over.
Fulham have been working on their long shots
We’d have been lucky to see two goals of this quality this weekend but in the same game and for the same side? Fulham must be doing something right. The first of their spectacular goals against Crystal Palace on Monday night came from Pajtim Kasami who, running a full speed, controlled a long pass on his chest and from a tight angle lashed a dipping volley past the goalkeeper. The second was another lightning bolt, dipping, wonder volley from the edge of the area scored by Steve Sidwell. You know that your luck is out when goals like this are going in against you.