Premier League Winners and Losers: Match Week 30 – Part 3

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Premier League Winners and Losers: Match Week 30 – Part 3

Winners continued

Roy Hodgson

Not sure what exactly has he done to West Brom but they are still unbeaten under his tenure so far. Whether one calls it a lucky fixture list or pure genius on part of the ‘deluded’ former Liverpool boss, he has gone through the games against West Ham United, Wolves, Stoke City, Birmingham City and now Arsenal, without defeats. He is certainly back enjoying his time with a ‘mediocre’ club.

Blackburn Rovers

They have been struggling badly of late and needed some sort of luck to go their way. It happened on Saturday. Had all the 3pm kick-offs ended at half time, Blackburn would have found themselves 18th in the table. However, Howard Webb came to their rescue and they managed to salvage a point and stay 13th at the end of the weekend.

Robert Green

The former England number 1 has never really been able to hit top form since his howler with the National team. However, he seems to be at his best when playing against Spurs for some reason. He has been the busiest man for either side in West Ham’s home and away matches against Spurs, as he made a total of 20 saves to keep clean sheets in both the matches. Terrific stuff from Green.

Everton

Their game against Fulham was as predictable as it gets. Their win over the Cottagers was their 18th straight win at Goodison over Fulham. No one was surprised at either the result or the sight of former Fulham striker Louis Saha being stretched off before the end of the game.

LOSERS

Mathew Taylor

He followed the footsteps of Laurent Koscielny as he missed a great chance to give his side the lead and the result was the same; United scored within minutes of handing their rivals a glorious scoring opportunity. This is how the dreams are shattered at the theatre of dreams.

Jussi Jaaskelainen

A seasoned campaigner and one of the longest serving players in the league, Jaaskelainen is still very much prone to errors. The fumble which led to the goal for Dimitar Berbatov was pretty uncharacteristic on his part but we all know that his catching has always been dubious. It explains why he has failed to make a move away from the Reebok to a big club elsewhere. Yet he is third on the list of the most number of saves this season.

Johnny Evans

Terrible tackle is one nice way of describing the challenge made by Johnny Evans on Stuart Holden. Evans lunged two footed, both feet off the ground and cracked some bones in Holden’s leg. The American had enjoyed a great season thus far and was rumoured to be on the verge of a move to one of the bigger clubs (including Tottenham).

However, Evans tackle means that he receives 28 stitches and is out for at least the next six months.

Manuel Almunia

His performance against West Brom in September when he conceded 3 goals from 5 shots was enough to suggest that his Arsenal career was all but over. However, injuries to other goal keepers meant that he was given another chance.

At the weekend he let in 2 goals from 2 shots and left an open goal for the second. Such shambolic performance should end his time at the Emirates right now. Regardless of injuries, Almunia is not worth playing for a team challenging for the league title.

Continued in part 4



 

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