Newcastle 1 – 2 Reading
Yohan Cabaye’s long awaited return was spoiled by the heroics of super-sub Adam Le Fondre. The new comeback kings of the prem did it again, scoring twice in six minutes to steal a crucial away victory at St.James Park. On the pitch for 55 seconds, Le Fondre connected on Jimmy Kebe’s cross to level the score. Replays indicated the
Frenchman Englishman may have scored with his forearm.
There were was no such controversy surrounding his second, as he smashed the ball past the outstretched arm of Tim Krul. Alan Pardew’s eight year deal looks more ridiculous by the week. Toon supporters were not happy when Cabaye was replaced by Gael Bigirimana in the 74th minute and Michael Williamson was a defensive liability once again. The Magpies travel to Villa Park next Tuesday.
Liverpool 5 – 0 Norwich
Meet the most dangerous strike partnership in England. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are meshing under Brendan Rodgers watch, each scoring once in a route at Anfield. Suarez has seven goals in four prem games against the Canaries. Sturridge’s superb dummy set up the Uruguyan iconoclast’s goal in the 36th minute. Jordan Henderson got into the act, scoring a cracker of his own.
The aggregate score after two meetings between these clubs: 10-2. This was Liverpool’s first win by a five goal margin in a prem league match since April 2011 against Birmingham City. After scoring two goals in 12 matches for Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge has three in three for Liverpool. Let the change of scenery cliche live on.
Swansea 3- 1 Stoke
Jonathan De Guzman had himself a game. His two goals, including a a wonderful free kick in the 59th minute, powered the Swans past Stoke in comfortable manner at Liberty Stadium. The Canadian/Dutch/Jamaican midfielder is the ex that still calls every now and then to remind you how shit your current life is.
Michael Owen scored his 150th goal PL goal, the 7th player to reach that marker. It was classic Owen — as in utterly meaningless. On a feel good note, Swans right back Angel Rangel helped some people in need the night before the game. After asking his twitter followers where he could donate food to those in need on a cold and snowy night in Swansea, the Spanish defender and his wife lept into action.
Via the BBC:
“My wife, Nikki, who is a very caring and charitable person, asked if we could have them for the homeless rather than see them thrown in the bin.”They agreed and we drove around Swansea for over an hour, but couldn’t find any homeless people as it was so cold out on the streets with all the snow.” They were eventually invited to a homeless shelter after the tweet did the rounds on social media.
West Ham 1-1 QPR
As a youngster learning the game in Rillieux-la-Pape, Loic Remy wasn’t like the others. His friends wanted to be the next Zizou, the next King Eric, the next Le Roi. Remy wanted to be the next Danny Dichio. He’s done just that, becoming the first player since the legend that is Danny D. (October 29th, 1994) to score in his QPR debut.
Remy’s goal in the 14th goal was the product of a lovely through ball from Adel Taarabt, shocking the QPR supporters in attendance by passing the ball. From then on the Redknapp’s men were under siege. TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen had another strong game, foiling Marouane Chamakh on numerous occasions. The Arsenal loaner made way for Carlton Cole in the 62nd minute to a chorus of boos from the Upton Park faithful. Six minutes later the Irons would equalize. An excellent ball from Matt Jarvis found C.Cole for a free header. Julio Cesar parried the rebound into the path of Joe Cole. This was a fun game to watch.
Manchester City 2-0 Fulham
Perhaps the least exciting of today’s fixtures, David Silva’s goal in the sixth minute was all the home side would need. Fulham offered nothing for most of the match. Robert Mancini has never lost against Fulham in seven matches. Silva’s second goal in the 69th minute was pure class. City close the gap at the top to four as Manchester United visits White Heart Lane tomorrow.
Wigan 2-3 Sunderland
Is this the year Wigan finally go down? It feels like we’ve asked that question several times over the last four years. We ask it again after the Black Cats victory at DW stadium. Steven Fletcher (who else) scored twice in the first half, making it 3-1 after 45 minutes. A late goal from Angelo Henriquez made it tight at the end, but alas the Latics could not find an equalizer. Here’s how the bottom of the table looks right now — keep in mind Aston Villa is playing the late game today.