Premier League Review (Feb 22nd - 23rd)

Published: Feb 24, 2014 17:32pm EST
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 24, 2014 @ 05:32pm EST

 

Well, as far as the Premier League is concerned, that is February done and dusted. Most teams now have only eleven games left with a couple of teams with twelve games left due to cancelations earlier on in the season.

The early game on Saturday had fans of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool drooling when Chelsea entered stoppage time goal less between them and Everton. A late goal from Captain John Terry eventually gave them the important win.

Later on in the day both Arsenal and Manchester City secured their wins also. Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners against Capital Cup Finalists Sunderland at the Emirates. Two goals from Olivier Giroud and a Tomas Rosicky strike gave the Gunners a 3-0 half time lead. Laurent Koscielny made it 4-0 just over ten minutes after the restart before Emmanuele Giaccherini got a consolation goal ten minutes from time.

Manchester City slogged out a victory against Stoke City thanks mainly to Yaya Toure, who got the hosts first, and only, goal with twenty minutes to spare. City missed numerous chances throughout the game and look in need of Sergio Aguero to return sooner rather than later. Stevan Jovetic came on as substitute before then being substituted himself later on. City fans will hope the injury is not too bad as the young striker has already missed too much of this season already.

Down at the bottom things were just as exciting. Fulham, under new management, were on course for their first victory though Ashkan Dejagah before conceding the late equalizer from West Brom (Matej Vydra) to finish February rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

West Ham went behind early to Southampton when Maya Yoshida struck after only eight minutes. Two goals in the space of three minutes, from Steven Davis then Carlton Cole, midway through the half reversed the score. A third was added in the second half from Kevin Nolan to keep the Hammers revival on track.

In Wales Cardiff City continued to stink up the League. Certainly it is not the biggest score line in the Premier League this season but when you play a relegation rival in your own stadium you expect to take points. Hull City took the lead through Tom Huddlestone after eighteen minutes before two goals either side of half time from new signing Nikica Jelavic put the game out of reach. With twenty minutes left Jake Livermore added the fourth to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with more things to ponder with another dismal display.

Saturdays late game saw Manchester United face Crystal Palace. With his old club losing earlier on in the day United boss, David Moyes, knew a win would lift them above Everton. For an hour it was frustrating for United before Robin Van Persie converted a penalty won after Patrice Evra was fouled by Marouane Chamakh. Minutes later Wayne Rooney scored the second to secure the points, and start to repay some of those big wages he is now on.

Sunday would see Liverpool need to win against Swansea in order to keep pace with the top three and also keep the distance from the chasing pack. Daniel Sturridge scored early before Jordan Henderson added a second with only twenty minutes gone to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Ex Liverpool boy Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony clawed the visitors back before the half hour to stun Anfield into silence.

Daniel Sturridge scored his second just before the half to restore a 3-2 lead. Early in the second half Wilfried Bony scored his second to tie the game up again from the penalty spot before Jordan Henderson scored his second with fifteen minutes left to go. There would be no more scoring and Liverpool, eventually, got the win.

Newcastle hosted Aston Villa in what I said would be one of the most boring games you would see when I did the preview on Friday. There was a goal in the game, which was more than I expected, but it didn't come until deep into stoppage time.

Finally Norwich City hosted Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road. In what was the kind of performance I was expecting from Norwich all season finally exposed itself against Tottenham. The whole team played fantastic and were fully deserving of their victory through a Robert Snodgrass strike early in the second half. If they can keep up this kind of effort (glimpse shown against Manchester City) then they might just be able to get themselves out of danger.


 

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