The Premier League: Four things we learned this weekend

Tom Huddlestone gets a pitchside haircut after his first goal since April 2011

Tom Huddlestone gets a pitchside haircut after his first goal since April 2011

The HuddleFro is no more

Back in 2011 Tom Huddlestone, who was playing for Tottenham at the time, vowed in the name of charity not to cut his hair until his next Premier League goal. At that point in his career the English midfielder had limited playing time at White Hart Lane and, still without scoring, he moved to Hull City in August 2013.

After two years and no goals Huddlestone boasted a proud and substantial afro. The ‘HuddleFro’, as it’s lovingly become known by fans, had a near miss at the start of the month when Huddlestone’s shot deflected off Martin Skrtel but the goal was counted as an own goal and the Fro remained.

But this weekend, after just under two years and 54 games Huddlestone finally found the net again. Scoring the 4th goal in Hull’s 6-0 thrashing of Fulham the 28 year old celebrated by having one of the Hull back room staff cut a sizeable chunk from his vast hair.

This weekend’s win is the first time Hull City have scored more than three goals in a Premier League game and the first time that they have won a league game by six goals since October 1994.

Expect him to have a rather more substantial trim by the time Hull travel to Anfield on New Years day.

Suarez stays quiet as Liverpool’s post Christmas Blues continues

Things were going so well for the Reds. They spent Christmas day top of the tree but they knew that in their next two fixtures would be the biggest test of their title credentials to date, Boxing day’s trip to the Etihad and this weekends game at Chelsea.

Despite playing well against Man City Liverpool left Manchester pointless shifting further pressure on them to take something away from their trip to Stamford Bridge.

Just like at the Etihad Liverpool started on top and took the lead through Martin Skrtel with just three minutes on the clock. However, in a game similar to the one at the Etihad the home side equalised and then took the lead all before the halftime whistle.

The game ended 2-1 and Suarez was kept off of the score sheet for the second consecutive game. Impressive stuff considering that the Uruguayan had scored at least two in his last four appearances before boxing day.

It’s tight at the top this season and those losses have done Liverpool no favours, top at Christmas two games later they lie 5th in the league, six points behind leaders Arsenal.

Spurs exercise home demons

Before this weekend’s game Tottenham had not won in the Premier League at White Hart Lane since 27th October. They were frustrated further on Boxing day with more dropped points as they drew 1-1 with West Brom.

Spurs took the lead through a Roberto Soldado penalty, Moussa Dembele added a second after halftime and Aaron Lennon finished an impressive 3-0 victory. It’s Spurs’ first victory in five appearances at home and it is the first time Spurs have scored three in a home game all season.

Anelka’s still got it

At the start of the season Nicolas Anelka’s future was unclear. After joining West Brom from Juventus in the summer it was unclear if he would see out the season with Baggies after rumours he was unsettled.

However, this weekend Anelka scored his first goal for the club equalising against West Ham at Upton Park. His second came just five minutes later to but the Baggies into a 2-1 lead. It wasn’t enough to secure the points though, the game ended 3-3.

The goal makes Anelka the ninth man in the history of the Premier League to score for six different clubs. The Frenchman has scored for Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom in the Premier League. The other plays to have scored for six clubs in the Prem? Craig Bellamy, Marcus Bent, Darren Bent, Robbie Keane, Nick Barmby, Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Peter Crouch.