10 Conclusions from Saturday’s Premier League matches

Ollie Irish

24th, September 2006

Kidd1 BBC Grandstand’s Roger Johnson deserves a bravery medal for attempting the following sentence live on national television: "Danny Shittu shanked a shot wide."

2 New Sheffield United coach Brian Kidd seems to have a positive organisational effect despite their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.

3 New Manchester City coach Beanie the toy horse seems to have had a positive effect. Stuart Pearce’s seven-year-old daughter suggested Beanie sit with daddy in the dugout, and he seemed to bring good luck.

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4 Tottenham Hotspur are a strange club. Just when you think they’ve cracked it, they have a nightmare start to the season. Is it back to the days of mid-table misery for the White Hart Lane faithful?

5 It is difficult to see Reading getting relegated on current form. They remind of the way Wigan played last season.

6 Chelsea are back at the top of the table. Oh well, it couldn’t last! Or could it? Portsmouth can go top again by beating Bolton on Monday.

7 Iain Dowie’s Charlton Athletic are looking like relegation fodder. They should have enough quality to get out of trouble, but the Addicks are renowned for their impressive starts before tailing off at the end of the season.

8 I’m tempted to draft Dirk Kuyt into my fantasy football team. I think he could go on a bit of a run now.

9 Pace to burn down the flanks was the order of the day yesterday. Luke Moore and Gabriel Agbonlahor at Aston Villa and Ishmael Miller at Manchester City all made big impacts.

10 Micah Richards looks the real deal. He is definitely a better right-back than Phil Neville. I would like to see him in the next England squad.

[Rob Parker]

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