This weekend held some crucial football results which have changed the bottom and the top of the table causing some drama late on in the season which the Premier League is used to. The main game on Saturday was based at the bottom of the table as young Midlands side Aston Villa took on fellow Midlands strugglers Stoke City. This match was at the Britannia Stadium meaning Villa could have had a hard time however, Stoke did not play up to their usual standards at home and conceded the first goal within the opening 10 minutes.
The game was fairly even until the 80th minute where Stoke pulled themselves level due to some appalling defending, but then the fantastic happened. A 30 yard volley from Villa’s young Matthew Lowton flew into the back of the net to end Stoke’s hopes of a comeback 3 minutes from time. Benteke then sealed the deal 2 minutes later to end the game 3-1 and take Villa out of the relegation zone.
Following the Villains’ victory on the Saturday, Wigan were looking to defeat 19th place Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on Sunday and climb back out of the bottom three. QPR got off to a terrible start after Bobby Zamora was dismissed for a high tackle on Jordi Gomez in the 20th minute. Wigan then took the game a bit too easy which led to QPR scoring very late on following a counter-attack with only 5 minutes remaining. Redknapps men then gave away a sloppy free-kick in extra-time which Shaun Maloney skilfully scored to earn a point for Wigan who have a game in hand of the teams surrounding them.
The game of the weekend was held on Monday night between both sides of Manchester, United vs City. This match was crucial for the future of both teams with one trying to win the title as early as possible and the other trying to catch back up on points. If the Sky Blues lost this match, they would surely have kissed goodbye to their league title meaning this game was a must win for them.
After a fiery but goalless first half, Mancini sent his team back out after the break giving a half-time team talk that needed to boost their morale. It seemed to have worked as 5 minutes after the break, a nice passing move led to James Milner smashing the ball into the back of the net to give City the 1-0 lead. Only 7 minutes later the Red Devils pulled the match level thanks to a Vincent Kompany own goal which forced Mancini to bring on his deadly weapon, Sergio Aguero. The Argentine barely had any touches before he went on a one-man run and scored a sublime goal to reduce United’s lead at the top of the table to 12 points; still a lead which Sir Alex Ferguson surely can’t throw away now.
Premier League results for this weekend:
Norwich 2-2 Swansea
Reading 0-2 Southampton
Stoke 1-3 Aston Villa
West Brom 1-2 Arsenal
Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland
Liverpool 0-0 West Ham
Newcastle 1-0 Fulham
QPR 1-1 Wigan
Tottenham 2-2 Everton
Man Utd 1-2 Man City
Author Daniel Foster.
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