Monday, 11 March 2013

GW29 Match Centre

A much needed and deserved win for Lambert's Villa which unfortunately resulted in McDermott leaving Reading.  I'm not sure what more he could've done for the team really but they have been pretty poor all season long and should probably consider themselves fairly content to not be relegated already.   Villa's fight will go on.  Despite this victory it wasn't an emphatic performance and they have another huge scrap ontheir hands with the visit of QPR this weekend.  In Benteke they have a real player and he's sure to be on the end of a few chances come Saturday.


The Magpies left it late and were generally a little lacklustre than they have been of late, although you could argue Stoke are pulling themselves out of their winter slump a bit too.  Sissoko won the free-kick and hence assist for Cabaye's goal but didn't have a great deal of chances himself.  Although, again, no-one on either side really had a performance worth shouting about. 



Lukaku continued his excellent form with his 7th goal in 8 apperances putting West Brom ahead of Swansea in the league but it could have been much sweeter for the Belgian had he not struck his penalty so badly. James Morrison was the other stand-out performer for the home team although here's another game with very few shots on target.  Michu, going through a barren spell, missed a few decent chances, and failed to find the target with any of his 4 shots.

Norwich's clean sheet record has been as impressive recently as their goal-scoring record has been poor.  I hope you own defender's and not forwards!  Snodgrass was the most involved in the little they did create.  Southampton are also looking a little shorn of belief right now and really rely on Lambert to find the back of the net for them but he didn't have a great deal of joy here.  Puncheon's benching is worrying a fair few managers but it looks like the Saints could do with his goals.


The weekend's top billed game didn't disappoint and saw the most goals and the most chances.  Liverpool showed great character to earn a victory in a game which Spurs were perhaps the better side, Gareth Bale again dominating proceedings and despite not scoring here picked up 2 assists for 2 deliveries that Vertonghen finished with skill.  Sigurdsson came close. For Liverpool Suarez and Sturridge had a very similar number of opportunities but the the young Englishman lacked the geniuine quality of the Uruguayan.  Stewart Downing added another goal and performance to his season.  No-one's mocking him so much nowadays.


QPR have won back to back victories and in Loic Remy that have a player to score them the goals that win games, with two more of Redknapp's January signings chipping in with cracking goals, Townsend and Jenas.  The goal-scorers may grab the headlines but it's an improved defence and returned presence of Park in midfield that may give this team the foundations to survive.  Sunderland's chief goalscorer achieved double digits for the the season to give him 10 in 24 appearances.  Exactly what you'd expect of Steven Fletcher.

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