24th March 2014
Game of the Weekend
With such highscoring games over the weekend, we were spoilt for choice on this one. Chelsea gave Arsenal another early-game hammering by hitting them for 6 in Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge, and Manchester City made light work of struggling Fulham beating them convincingly 5-0. But, in the end, we went for the topsy-turvy game in South Wales between Cardiff City and Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers’ side’s philosophy of “we’ll score more than you” once again paid dividends, and after twice coming from behind, Liverpool eventually came through winning 6-3.
Player of the Weekend
Leading on from game of the weekend, we come to this weekend’s star player – Luis Suarez. The superb Uruguayan netted his third hat-trick of his record-breaking campaign, and further staked his claim as one of the best players on the planet. Suarez, along with partner Daniel Sturridge, caused the Cardiff defence a whole host of problems and claimed his 26th, 27th and 28th league goal of the season on Saturday, and needs just 3 more to equal the Premier League’s record goal tally in a 38 game season.
Goal of the Weekend
This will come as a shock to some people, but we’re not going to go for Wayne Rooney’s outrageous 60-yard effort as our best goal of the weekend! Understandably, Rooney’s strike drew comparisons with David Beckham’s wondergoal from 1996, as he lobbed goalkeeper Adrian from just inside West Ham’s half. Instead, we’ve gone for the absolute screamer that was Alexander Tettey’s volley at home to Sunderland. Although Tettey himself says Rooney’s goal was better, we feel the technique required to take John O’Shea’s headed clearance, and clean volley the ball into the far corner was nothing short of breathtaking – and some way to score your first goal for the club!
Talking Point of the Weekend
This one won’t be a shock to any of you! Our talking point of the weekend, as I’m sure everyone’s is, was the incredible error from referee Andre Marriner to send off Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs. With the Gunners already 2-0 down, Eden Hazard let fly a side-footed effort, which was tipped round the post by the arm of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Marriner had no option but to point to the spot, but then to the shock of the players, gave Kieran Gibbs his marching orders in an unbelievable case of mistaken identity. The Ox even admitted to the referee that it was he who should be sent off, but Marriner wouldn’t change his mind!