Roll Up, Roll Up For Your Midweek Action Round-Up

by Joshua Fowler

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
 

Last night’s mid-week football had the potential and promise to be full of shock results, with Chelsea facing West London rivals Fulham in perhaps the most civilised derby in the league. Elsewhere, there was of course the hotly anticipated Manchester derby, would United be beaten by their once loved Tevez? Arsenal travelled to lowly Wolves, who have played well as of late and caught the Gunners at a very beatable stage of the season and Newcastle, Arsenal’s victors at the weekend, welcomed Big Sam back for the first time since his Toon exit. I’m sure you’ll agree, all very exciting and all poised for upset.

Well, that didn’t quite happen. Instead, after a topsy turvy few weeks in the league, the top flight chose Wednesday to put things back in its place. Chelsea dispatched Fulham with relative ease, albeit only 1-0, the only excitement in this match came from the two footed lunge that saw goalscorer, Essien, receive his marching orders – and rightly so. The Manchester derby provided nothing but mediocrity, the match left each team with a clean sheet and a point, whilst leaving the neutrals wondering what happened to the excitement of the 4-3 last gasp win for United back in 2009.

The rather dull night continued up and down the country, as half of the matches ended in draws, with perhaps the most excitement coming from Goodison Park. Owen Coyle’s rejuvenated Bolton took a late lead against the home side, before Jermaine Beckford opened up his Toffee’s account with a wonderful strike in stoppage time to deny the Trotter’s three points that would have seen them into 5th. West Ham managed to throw away yet another lead against West Brom, having come from behind, the Hammers looked like they may secure a vital three points before Pablo cancelled out the in form Piquionne’s second half penalty. A further draw for Liverpool at Wigan saw their win streak of a massive three come to an end, however, a slight glimmer of hope will be fact that Torres finally looks fit and is beginning to score again.

And so we look to Wolves to provide the result that will make the back pages, playing well but getting nothing out of Manchester United at the weekend, Molineux welcomed an Arsenal side weakened by a further loss at home on Sunday. However, all hopes of a shock were shattered after just 36 seconds as Chamakh continued his steady goal scoring recorded with a simple header from an Alex Song cross. Wolves then tested Arsenal numerous times through Kevin Doyle, but to no avail and after opening the game with a goal, up stepped Chamakh in the 90th minute to close the game and make it 2-0.

St. James’ Park had the makings of a great game as Big Sam looked to get one over on the club that kicked him out to the curb – and that’s exactly what he did. Defeating the Toon 2-1, Blackburn were dented once by Andy Caroll, but never really looked like losing. Oh, and Mort Gamst Pedersen was dented himself…by the fist of Joey Barton. Finally, a game with five goals would usally be described as a ‘thriller’, however, Villa Park was witness to the breaking of that rule. The usual patronisingly ‘spirited’ performance from ‘little’ Blackpool wasn’t enough to see of Houllier’s men who took the ‘we’ll-score-one-more-than-you’ approach in this 3-2 victory.

So last night proved very little, Chelsea are still winning, United still haven’t lost, West Ham are still bottom and Joey Barton hasn’t changed.

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