Bad tackles, poor defending and a pretty poor miss. Here are five possible villains of the piece from this weekend’s Premier League action:
What did Sunderland need when they were 1-0 down away from home? Certainly not Lee Cattermole thinking it was time to put in another one of his reckless challenges to see him get yet another red card in his career. He knew he was being sent off before Andre Marriner even pulled the card out of his pocket.
This is something Sunderland certainly didn’t need after losing Cattermole was for their left-back to end up going way over the top on a challenge on David Meyler. You could even see Gus Poyet say to his opposite number Steve Bruce on the touchline that it was a bad challenge.
It’s very difficult to single out just the defence in Norwich’s performance, as the midfield didn’t really help out either, so the whole team is one big villain in this case. It wasn’t the wisest thing to invite a side full of very special players who had suffered defeat in a bad way in the previous defeat to attack at will. That’s what they did, they got punished and as good as Manchester City were, the Canaries’ defence at times was just cringe worthy.
Another bad challenge, but this time it went unpunished as Fulham’s Reither stamped on Adnan Januzaj towards the end of Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Craven Cottage. The ball was gone, and there was absolutely no need. It could only be described as cowardly and he’ll be very lucky to escape a charge from the FA.
He had a golden opportunity to get his side some much needed respite and to perhaps stop the rot for Crystal Palace. But instead of managing to get his header on target well into the second half – which could have led to them levelling the game up – his header somehow went wide. It may be harsh to call him a villain, but it could’ve started something which may have led to Palace turning their season around.
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