Premier League weekend, 6-7 October: XI conclusions

Ollie Irish

8th, October 2007

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1 With Paul Robinson fumbling a shot to leave Andriy Voronin with an easy tap-in – and nearly giving another goal away later on – the Spurs keeper’s England place must be in doubt. He is clearly not the in-form English goalkeeper, so he should not be England number 1.
2 Maybe Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez can play together when Manchester United are at their attacking best.
3 What a free-kick from Robin Van Persie! Absolutely unstoppable. He has always impressed me with his flashes of brilliance but this season he has found some consistency and looks the real deal.

4 Michael Owen action toys are now available from the Newcastle United club shop. Abdoulaye Faye picked up his yesterday. This product is breakable and may be returned if faulty up to 34 hours after an England match.
5 Elano is outstanding for Manchester City at the moment. For the sake of the Premier League, I hope he is actually this good and not just in a purple patch.
6 Sunderland defender Paul McShane must be gutted. Apparently making a lunging tackle at someone’s goolies while they lie on the floor is now a sending off offence. What is the world coming to? Commiserations, Mrs Hleb.
7 Reading’s Kingsley the Lion is definitely the most A-list mascot in the Premier League. He is always getting involved in the action (especially last season when he was rugby tackled by Shane Long as part of a goal celebration), including patting Kevin Doyle’s stomach as he celebrated the winning goal against Derby yesterday.
8 After an on-pitch test it has been conclusively proven that, as suspected, Alan Smith doesn’t have a brain.
9 It turns out Andriy Voronin ate all the pies. He seems to be piling on the pounds.
10 Avram Grant is a lucky man. Chelsea didn’t really deserve their win against Bolton, but they got it. Another draw would have increased the pressure on the Israeli.
11 Portsmouth defender Hermann Hreidarsson is a goal machine! Two goals in two matches for the Iceland international. A short stint in my fantasy football team ought to put an end to that.

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  1. Peter Bench says:

    About Grant: I think it was Napoleon who said that he didn’t want good generals, only lucky ones. So far, we’ve had the luck at Anfield, had a game stolen from us against Blackburn and sneaked it at Bolton. Pretty even, then.