Premier League Round Up – Saturday 9th November 2013

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

A dominant Liverpool demolished a sorry looking Fulham side to put Martin Jol’s job under immense scrutiny if it wasn’t already before. Liverpool completely outclassed Fulham with fancy skills, silky passing and at times were showboating with Fulham’s players lacking any signs of resilience or effort. 2 goals were from set pieces, one a OG from Amorebieta and one a powerful Skrtel headed goal. 2 goals from the in-form Suarez, his first and Liverpool’s third before HT was a beautifully worked team goal whilst his second was a clinical strike assisted by Gerrard.

Southampton 4-1 Hull

Southampton continued on their astonishing PL run to move to 3rd in the table after a convincing win over Hull. The Saints started brilliantly and were in an unassailable position before half time with a 3 goal lead. Started by a neat headed goal by Schneiderlin and followed by a thumping penalty from the ever reliable Ricky Lambert. However the highlight of the game was the 3rd goal which was a sensational individual goal from the player recently called up to the England squad, Adam Lallana, who looked Cruyff-esque with the run and clinical finish. Sagbo scored a consolation goal for Hull in the 2nd Half but Davis sealed an impressive win with a 4th just before the 90th minute.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

It wasn’t the stereotypical goal-less game, it had plenty of goalmouth action but it marked Palace’s first point in 8 Premier League games. Both teams probably would be frustrated with just a point. Palace because had some clear goal-scoring chances and were badly squandered by Dikagcoi and Chamakh and perhaps should have taken all 3 points. Whilst Everton would be frustrated by a point as they hit the crossbar and were odds on favourites to continue their good run of PL form by beating a managerless Palace side which have proven to be vulnerable in the last 7 games.

Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff

After a frustrating 76 minutes, Villa ended their goal drought in the league, through a brilliant free-kick courtesy of no. 7 Leando Bacuna, a goal any number 7 in world football would be proud of. I bet all Villa fans were relieved when they saw a goal as Villa had gone an excruciating 7-and-a-half hours without scoring a single goal before the stunning free-kick. They secured the three points with a late second goal headed in by new signing Kozak.

Chelsea 2-2 West Brom

The most controversial game of the day was at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea salvaged a point with a very contentious 96th minute penalty. The first goal of the day came just before half time when a rebounded shot from Eden Hazard was put in by Samuel Eto’o. The second half was all West Brom when they put up an impressive showing, firstly with a opportunistic goal from Shane Long. Then Sessegnon’s speculative effort squirmed under Cech gave the Baggies a 2-1 lead. However the penalty which was given was very controversial as there was very little contact on Ramires and can be argued as a dive. The subsequent penalty was finished by Eden Hazard and prevented Chelsea from losing their first game in 65 games at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.

Norwich 3-1 West Ham

Norwich eased the pressure on their manager Chris Hughton with a thrilling second half comeback. West Ham dominated the early proceedings with a quick goal from West Ham’s man of the moment, Ravel Morrison with captain Kevin Nolan with the assist. If things didn’t change the fans would’ve been on the back of Hughton, but fortunately for the Canaries’ manager they did. Second half they scored 3 goals, one a penalty from Hooper, then a goal from Norwich’s player of last season Snodgrass and capped off by a last minute goal from Leroy Fer to seal the 3 points.

By Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786)

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