Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On the Recap: Monday Sacking

Undeserved casualty of the reborn again Toon Regime
I recorded my best IKTS score this week with eight (8) correct outcomes. But the most sensational news on Monday was Newcastle sacked their charismatic manager who steered them back to the premiership in the first attempt.

Quite sad really to find out that the old 'I thought they were gone' Newcastle are still exist. So the next typical scripts will go like this; They found the so called experienced manager (Not surprise at all if it was Martin Jol); Offer him an inflated sum of money to spend; He will buy some mediocre players with inflated wages; Then, you fill this inflated sentence yourself; Mike Ashley to put the inflated club on sale; Sounds familiar??? Fingers crossed this will be the end of the season headlines.

Lets forget this nonsense and put our heads back to the Gameweek 16 recap:-

Merci-less Nasri...Trip to Old Trafford next prevented me to buy him this week; Singlehandedly created the two goals and singlehandedly netted them with class & trickery; Truly deserved his maximum bonus; Notable tactics, Wilshere now takes the kicks; Fulham almost got something from Kamara goal (Dempsey's assist).

Rovers Revolt...The last drubbing are behind them as they registered a comprehensive 3-0 victory against hapless Wolves; Unexpectedly, Ryan Nelsen (defender) created one, scored one and recorded a clean sheet to become the highest scoring defender this week; Other standouts, Robinson with 7 saves, Phil Jones got the max bonus while Emerton & Dunn were also in the scoresheet.

Mancini's Bust-Ups...First Balotelli & Boateng clashed (not surprising at all about the dropped one) then Tevez with the boss; Disharmony took a new twist nevertheless while Tevez scored the only goal to condemn Bolton to their long awaited defeat in as many games; In any other day, Bolton could get something and Tevez could score a hat trick.

DDW Slugfest...Wigan & Stoke slug it out in a see-saw match that saw both sides shared the spoils; First Huth of Stoke scored, then Collins conceded an own goal, next Etherington punished the home defense and finally Tom Cleverley equalised later on; Shockingly all the goals were scored in the first half; Nzogbia almost singlehandedly win it but his strike just rattled the woodwork and in the end received the full bonus; You can never guess with Wigan while Stoke good form continues.

Top in the premiership, precarious in the Champions League

Ancelotti's Worries...Drogba really broke his duck with the only penalty but the all familiar lapse in concentration punished them yet again after Jermaine Beckford equalised ten minutes from time; Everybody hate Drog nowadays as his price dropped tremendously to his initial price (I have him from day 1 and don't plan to sell yet); With trips to Spurs, Arsenal and home to Man United  in the next three, no wonder Ancelotti is getting grumpy.

Brums Resilience...The bonus judges gave back Bale his assist for Seb Bassong goal after some serious thoughts last night; Life without VDV started with a draw at fortress St Andrews when the reliable Craig Gardner scored the equalising goal for Birmingham; Notable tactics, Ridgewell seemed to play up front and involved in most of the attacking moves; Next assignment for Bale & Co. is Chelsea at home.

Hammers Hammered...After humiliating United at home, team with a mission succumbed to another defeat in their quest of premiership survival; Three-pronged attack Sunderland proved irresistible in sub freezing temperatures for unlucky Hammers; Jordan Henderson finally scored his first goal in the premiership with the help of Asamoah Gyan and their defense registered an unlikely clean sheet.

Wingie Thingie...Mr Odemwingie did the tricks again after four games barren run with a brace; Newcastle uncharacteristically lost the game and let the opponent lead by three goals before Peter Lovenkrands saved their blushes with one goal in the dying minutes; As a result, their manager became the first high profile casualty of the season; A sign before they spiral down again maybe? The Baggies other goal scored by the bulky Somen Tschoyi.

Torres Missed...Not really; Houllier reunion was a forgettable one when Liverpool destroyed The Villans with three goals (Ngog, Babel & Maxi Rodriguez) without their main striker who was expecting his second baby; Hodgson remained on track on improving the new Liverpool and Raul Meireles again performed the Gerrard job admirably; Villa seemed destined to be a mid table side again under the new boss and they can forget of challenging the title for the time being.

The final midweek Champions League games for all the premiership participants:-

a) FC Twente vs Tottenham Hotspurs (Qualified to the knockout round, need a win to top group)
b) Manchester United vs Valencia (Qualified to the knockout round, need at least a draw to top group)
c) Marseille vs Chelsea (Qualified as the group champion)
d) Arsenal vs Partizan Belgrade (Need to win big and hope others lose out to have any chance to qualify)

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