Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Premiership : Sunday/Monday(25/26-08)

Premiership round-up for the games played on Sunday and Monday.

The games that took place were :

Wigan Athletic vs Chelsea
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Portsmouth vs Manchester United(Monday)

Wigan 0 - 1 Chelsea
(Deco 4')

JJB's pitch was expected to be the worst as there was a rugby game played during the week there.Although it didn't seem to be that bad as is expected of a JJB pitch in the winters.
Chelsea got off to a flier with a spectacular free kick from Portuguese midfielder,Deco.
Other than that Chelsea were lucky enough to get 3 points from their trip north.One man who again stood out for Chelsea was,Peter Cech.Fabulous saves one after another saw Chelsea hang on to the lead and scamper through to the finish line.

Manchester City 3 - 0 West Ham United
(Sturridge 65',Elano 70',Elano 76')

Manchester City bounced back from their disappointing start last week when they lost to Villa.
Vincent Kompany made his debut for City. While for West Ham,Dean Ashton who scored a brace last week and has been touted to be part of England national team started up front.
First half was an interesting affair where we saw the first red card of the new season.Mark Noble had been booked in the 33rd minute for a deliberate hand ball.He got another yellow four minutes later when he slid in and didn't catch any of the ball.West Ham were down to 10 men.
Second half was better than the first.Sturridge who had been lively throughout the game and had loads of skills to offer and West Ham were finding it hard to cope up with his pace.Petrov was his usual best and so was Ireland from the right.

Micah Richards had a clash of heads with Ben Haim and was stretchered off and taken to the hospital.Big blow to City and its defense.

Sturridge put City 1-0 up from a cross by Petrov and involvement from Elano.

It got better for the blues who piled on the pressure and a clever through ball found Ireland in the box and after a little scamper in the box,Elano was there to tuck the ball in from the back of the net.City up 2-0.

Dean Ashton looked the only player inside the City half and didn't have anyone else for support.

City were up 3-0 a few minutes later courtesy the same partnership of Corluka,Ireland and Elano who set up the 3rd for Elano to volley home.

The lengthy delay due to Richards' injury meant there was an injury time of whopping 10minutes!That although didn't prove enough for West Ham to gain a consolation goal or for Manchester City to increase their goal difference.

Portsmouth 0 - 1 Manchester United

(Fletcher 32')

Manchester United win their first three points of the season.As against what was expected of Portsmouth who have a very healthy record against Manchester United at Fraton Park they weren't even close to maintaining that record.
After two recent meetings you would expect the team to do a decent job and at least manage a goal but that wasn't seen,AGAIN.
Manchester United piled on the pressure and attacked David James' goal every now and then but Ryan Giggs was missed and so was probably another out and out striker.
Portsmouth only had two attempts which were worthy of getting a goal and both were from a good distance which didn't trouble Van der Sar.
Fletcher got the only goal of the game when his little touch got the ball over the line after Tistan tried his best to stop the effort.
Interesting game,fast and two teams eager to get points but Portsmouth gave away possession easily and neither Defoe or Crouch could make anything from the chances they got.

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