With heroes there always seems to villains of the piece. This weekend was no exception with one of the big games in the Premier League fixture list taking place as crucial points were won and lost and things started to look very tight in the relegation fight – whilst the race for the top four seemingly tightened up.
Here are our villains of the Premier League weekend.
Rafael Da Silva
You could have a few villains from Manchester United. You could have their defensive unit for the second and third goals during their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and Nemanja Vidic for his challenge on Eden Hazard which led to his sending off – even if some thought it to be harsh. But the real villain was Rafael for his awful challenge on Gary Cahill, straight after Vidic’s red card. Words don’t do it justice as to just how poor it was.
Guzan may have felt hard done by after giving away a penalty by bringing down Luis Suarez, he’s made a lot of noises about it in the media since. But he needs to take responsibility for needlessly rushing out of his goal and making the Uruguayan’s decision for him. If there was contact going away from goal and the keeper doesn’t get the ball, the chances are the striker is going to go down.
Assaidi has popped up with some goals against difficult opposition so far this season but it was his carelessness inside his own area that led to Crystal Palace grabbing all three points against Stoke City, with such a weak ball towards his own centre back. It allowed Jason Puncheon to intercept and score the winner for Palace.
McGregor has been pretty reliable for Hull City this season, but one can’t help feeling he could have done better for Norwich City winner against the Tigers. He seemed indecisive about whether to come or stay for the cross when the corner came in, and Ryan Bennett was allowed to head home.
Distin was making his return from injury for Everton at West Bromwich Albion and looked a bit rusty throughout the game. It was probably that which led to the Baggies equaliser courtesy of Diego Lugano, as Distin looked a little slack and allowed his opponent to get ahead of him to head home, and prevent Everton from jumping up above Liverpool into 4th.
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