There may have been some heroes in the Premier League this weekend, but there were also some villains who made some decisive interventions which affected the outcome of some of this weekend’s Premier League games.
Here are five players who could be regarded as villains:
With his side 1-0 up in a pretty big game early on in the season, the last thing West Ham needed was their usually consistent goalkeeper dropping a clanger to allow Norwich City back into the game. It was the turning point as the Canaries went on to pick up three points with a 3-1 win, meaning West Ham are in a right scrap towards the bottom of the league this season.
For Chelsea fans he might be a hero for winning the penalty, but in the eyes of a lot of people the decision was incredibly soft. Steve Clarke said he was falling over before he made contact with an opposing player. West Brom felt robbed of a famous win at Stamford Bridge, whilst there was a bit of relief in the Chelsea camp after the penalty was converted by Eden Hazard.
A lot of people seem to be finding it difficult as to where Robert Madley saw the handball which led to him giving a penalty to Stoke against Swansea in the dying seconds of the game at the Liberty Stadium. Madley said that Wayne Routledge handled the ball in the area, there were very few appeals from Stoke City players, but Charlie Adam stepped up to have the final say in a 3-3 draw. Michael Laudrup has since called for the referee to apologise for his decision.
If you look at the two goals that West Brom managed to score at Stamford Bridge you could say they were easily preventable. The first one was perhaps a mix up that allowed Shane Long to head home but the second one will be laid firmly at the door of Czech keeper having failed to keep out Stephane Sessegnon’s tame shot.
Though he put in an impressive overall performance in against Manchester City for Sunderland, his first half challenge on Javi Garcia wasn’t the best one. Some say that Larsson should’ve been sent off, others say he had every right to go for the ball, the challenge he put in didn’t look particularly clever.
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