In Week 14 of the Premier League, Newcastle United humbled Manchester United at Old Trafford while Liverpool win. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all slip up.
"I don't feel comfortable enough to tell you what I think about the game. We're in trouble.”
After a full midweek fixture programme, Liverpool were the only team from the big guns to pick up all 3 points from their match this weekend.
Newcastle United made Champions Manchester United look ordinary at home, while Stoke pulled off an excellent victory at home to Chelsea.
Manchester City’s poor form away from home continues as they drew with Southampton.
Everton were unlucky not to have beaten league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.
Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1 – 12.45pm KO, Saturday
Manchester United followed up their midweek loss at home to Everton with another home defeat.
Wayne Rooney was suspended for the match, but Robin Van Persie started what is usually a regulation home win for the Champions.
It was mainly Newcastle United for most of the first half with Manchester United waking up after the break. Newcastle United held their ground well and responded with a goal just after the hour mark with Yohan Cabaye scoring from range.
This week saw Manchester United’s first back-to-back home league defeat since the 2001-02 season as Newcastle United recorded their first league victory at Old Trafford since 1972.
Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew said after the match: “The headlines might be elsewhere but I hope the Newcastle players get credit for their performance.”
In the week that the draw for the FIFA World Cup was made, a frustrated fan from the Manchester United Pakistan Facebook page said: “Manchester United are now as likely to win the Premier League as England are to win the World Cup.”
Liverpool 4 West Ham United 1 – 3pm KO, Saturday
It seems like nothing can stop Luis Suárez. Fresh from his 4 goal midweek effort against Norwich City, the influential Uruguayan’s presence alone was inspiration enough for Liverpool.
Although only 1 of the 4 Liverpool goals came from Suárez, the match bizarrely featured 3 own goals. The script wasn’t as simple as it appears however.
The London side matched Liverpool well for large parts of the opening half. This was until 3 minutes before the break when a tame Suárez shot ended up in the net, courtesy of a rebound off West Ham’s Guy Demel.
Liverpool carried on quickly in the 2nd half when Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho met Steven Gerrard’s free kick to make it 2-0. West Ham found a lifeline courtesy of a Martin Škrtel own goal with just under 30 minutes remaining.
It was game over with 9 minutes to go however, when Luis Suárez got in on the act and scored with a powerful header to make it 3-1, before another Suárez strike struck Joey O’Brien for another own goal and ending the match 3-1, taking Liverpool up to 2nd in the league.
Liverpool have now scored 17 goals in 4 home games.
Southampton 1 Manchester City 1 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Manchester City’s poor away form continued as an in-form Southampton side held firm for a point.
Sergio Agüero opened the scoring in the 10th minute for Manchester City, but it was Southampton that played the better football, proving they should be taken more seriously.
Italian Dani Osvaldo scored with a spectacular effort 3 minutes before half time to level the match.
Agüero couldn’t add any more to his early strike, and decent efforts from both sides didn’t muster any more goals, with the match ending level.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini acknowledged City’s poor performance, saying:
“I always say that if you don’t play well and you can’t win, then at least don’t lose. We didn’t play well but we got a point.”
Stoke City 3 Chelsea 2 – 3pm KO, Saturday
A last minute wonder strike by Liverpool loan player Oussama Assaidi proved to be the winner in this 5 goal thriller at the Brittania Stadium.
Two goals by the impressive André Schürrle were not enough for Chelsea as a relentless Stoke side grabbed the well-deserved points.
Schürrle began the scoring in the 9th minute before Peter Crouch levelled just before the break in a half dominated by Chelsea. Shortly after the break, substitute Stephen Ireland put Stoke ahead. The lead lasted 3 minutes before Schürrle struck again to equalise for Chelsea.
Both sides went in search of a winner, but it was Assaidi who struck a fierce shot that ended up in the top corner of the net, giving Stoke all 3 points.
In a post-match interview, Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho said: “I don’t feel comfortable enough to tell you what I think about the game. We’re in trouble.”
This was Stoke’s first league win since August.
Arsenal 1 Everton 1 – 4pm KO, Sunday
League leaders Arsenal were held to a home draw by a fine Everton team in a thrilling encounter at The Emirates stadium.
Everton, to their credit, enjoyed a lot of possession in the first half, but this didn’t lead to any goals. Arsenal then did the same for most of the second half which resulted in a late opening goal.
A good move down the right side of the pitch led to the ball ending up at Mesut Özil’s feet who bundled the ball home 10 minutes from time. Everton’s resilience under new Manager Roberto Martinez however, saw their hard work rewarded with an equaliser 4 minutes later.
On loan Barcelona player, Gerard Deulofeu struck an exquisite shot to level for Everton and end the match with a deserved away point to take back to Merseyside with them.
Recognising Everton’s dominance in the game, an Arsenal fan from India tweeted: “Koscielny was absolutely phenomenal today. Man of the match.”
In other games, Shahid Khan’s Fulham recorded a first win for new boss Rene Meulensteen in a 2-0 home win versus Aston Villa while Crystal Palace recorded a 2-0 home win against Cardiff.
Norwich City bounced back from the midweek mauling at Anfield to register a 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham Hotspur came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and keep them in the hunt for a top 6 spot.
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