This weekend’s atmosphere was fantastic for some football as we got into the game week 22 of the EPL. Tottenham staged a rousing fightback at Manchester City after uncharacteristic blunders by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on Saturday, recovering a 2-2 draw in an engrossing Premier League encounter. Pep Guardiola, reeling from the heaviest defeat of his managerial career last weekend, was left infuriated with the referee for not awarding a penalty directly before Son Heung-min grabbed an equalizer for second-placed Tottenham. The highlight of the game was when Sterling raced through on goal as defender Kyle Walker struggled to catch the City winger. Walker knocked Sterling off balance as he tried to shoot with a push and Lloris had an easy save to make, and astonishingly no penalty was awarded. Methinks Andre Marriner’s officiating was complete shambles and should definitely improve otherwise he would face Mike Dean’s fate.
Marriner failed to give a penalty after Kyle Walker clearly pushed Raheem Sterling in the penalty box at a crucial moment. (Source: AFP)
In the Saturday tea time kickoff at The Britannia Stadium, deep into stoppage time with Manchester United facing defeat, Wayne Rooney bent in a curler over the defense and into the Stoke goal. A point was salvaged for United but the moment carried a far greater significance. It was Rooney's 250th goal for United — the record breaker. Rooney’s long wait to overhaul Bobby Charlton as the club's all-time leading scorer ended in front of the 79-year-old former United great on Saturday at Stoke. Rooney took 546 games to reach the milestone, while Charlton netted 249 goals over 758 matches across the 1950s, 60s and 70s. What a moment for Wazza it was, though he has been criticized heavily this season by United folks. United again not good enough.
Swansea climbed off the bottom and out of the relegation zone with a thrilling first Premier League win at Anfield. Swansea forward Fernando Llorente saw his double canceled out by Roberto Firmino's pair of goals but Gylfi Sigurdsson produced a winner for Paul Clément’s side. That was a well-deserved win for the Swans but Liverpool’s defence was completely bollocks. Klavan and Lovren seem to have no idea of what basic man-marking is and to top it all off they are both 6ft centre backs.
Big Sam (Allardyce) is still waiting for his first league win since replacing Alan Pardew as Palace manager last month. Seamus Coleman scored in the 87th minute to strengthen Everton's grip on seventh place as it chases a place in Europe. Selhurst Park has not had enough home wins this season but Palace need to put the ball into the back of the net more.
Sunderland sunk to the bottom of the table after Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt scored for the baggies. “We are doing everything we can to stop it from happening but it's a disease we've got now," Sunderland manager David Moyes said. If Murphy’s law is anything to go by: If there are things going wrong at the Stadium of light, they will continue to go wrong. He will be sacked if he loses another game IMO.
Bournemouth twice came from behind to grab a point. Joshua King canceled out Christian Kabasele's header and, after that captain Troy Deeney nodded Watford back in front, Benik Afobe produced the second equalizer in the 82nd minute. The Vitality Stadium is always full of goals. Cracking encounter it was but another extra 5 minutes and Bournemouth would have won.
Alexis Sanchez kept his cool to dink home a late penalty as 10-man Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 to move up to second in the Premier League. The Clarets looked like taking just their second point on the road this season when Andre Gray powered home a stoppage-time spot-kick to cancel out Shkodran Mustafi's first Arsenal goal. But, in the last of the seven additional minutes, referee Jon Moss - who had already dismissed Granit Xhaka and sent Arsene Wenger to the stands - pointed to the spot once more and Sanchez made no mistake in sealing a remarkable 2-1 win. Again, officiating was the bone of contention in this game. Xhaka’s challenge was reckless and a definite red through and through. Ben Mee’s high tackle on Koscielny caused the last-minute penalty while others said it was a clear offside.
Diego Costa made a goal scoring return as Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points with a 2-0 win over Hull. Costa celebrated his 52nd Chelsea goal on his 100th appearance by gesturing about all the noise which has surrounded him since missing the win at Leicester, officially due to a back injury. A reported bust-up with Antonio Conte and his staff, as well as speculation over a move to the Chinese Super League, had little impact on Costa, whose 15th goal of the season was followed by a Gary Cahill header. Hull did not play badly but were not simply good enough. Ryan Mason collision with Gary Cahill was the main talking point but he is currently recuperating from a fractured skull injury.