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The Round Up
Rants and Ravings from the weekend's actions
Posted Sep 27, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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-Don’t get carried away by thinking that City’s victory over Chelsea really means anything. Mr Moneybags and his sky blues simply found the champions on an off day, and that’s all there is to it. The difference between the two sides is aptly demonstrated by City not being able to get wins against teams such as Sunderland, and Chelsea then taking those same teams apart. City will scrape fourth place, and that’s if they’re lucky.
-Once again, United have proved that this year’s title is simply a one-horse race. Yes, Ferguson's side still have attacking prowess (though with Rooney still only half there, it’s a more toothless attack than they had last year) but they have a defence that wouldn’t look out of place in a bottom of the table side. Like last season, they’re going to throw away too many games.
-If Saturday’s defeat to West Brom doesn’t give Arsene Wenger the drive to find a new keeper the minute the January transfer deadline opens, then I don’t know what will. Manuel Almunia has proven time and time again that he’s just not good enough to man the sticks for a championship-contending side. Wenger needs to stop being so arrogant and just pay the money for either Mark Schwarzer or Shay Given. That’s if he ever wants to get anywhere near the Premiership title again.
-Villa’s Marc Allbrighten is rapidly become one of my favourite players in the division. He’s young, hungry, skilful, quick and exciting. He actually reminds me of a young Michael Owen, if Owen was a winger. Hopefully the Villa man can avoid Owen’s injury problems. If he does, then he’s a definite candidate for England in the next couple of years.
-The refereeing this weekend was nothing short of ridiculous. Steve Bruce is more than entitled to feel furious for the absurd ‘goal’ that Liverpool used to take the lead: with a competent referee, his Sunderland side would have left Anfield with all three points. Not only that, but Steven Warnock was given a let off after a blatant second yellow card offence, and went on to set up Emile Heskey for Villa’s winning goal against Wolves. These extra-ordinary decisions are occurring more and more recently: it’s worrying for the game.
-Finally, another honourable mention for Ian Holloway. When queried about his captain’s bizarre own-goal, Holloway simply stated ‘What a finish.’ What a guy. Seriously, somebody knight this man.