There were just the 42 goals in the Premier League this weekend – meaning that strikers were filling their boots whilst there was some questionable defending. Along with that there were several heroes as the title race took another twist whilst the picture towards the bottom of the table became a little clearer.
Everyone is talking about Rooney’s terrific first strike against West Ham United as he spotted Hammers goalkeeper Adrian off his line just short of the halfway line, the striker decided to try and his luck and it paid off. His second goal was possibly the easiest goal he will ever score after West Ham’s Mark Noble knocked the ball into his path for a simple tap-in at close range. Rooney was the difference as United go into their derby game with Manchester City with some momentum behind them.
People will say how bad Arsenal were but credit must go to Chelsea who took the Gunners apart at Stamford Bridge. They were just the better side from the first minute until the last in a 6-0 win over one of their title rivals. Was there a bad performance from anyone? It’s hard to say there was one as the Blues remain top of the Premier League table.
If anything were to rival Rooney’s goal this weekend it was Tettey’s, whose terrific 30-yard volley gave Norwich City a two goal cushion in their crucial relegation six pointer against Sunderland after Robert Snodgrass had given the Canaries the lead. A big goal, and a big win for Norwich.
Suarez just keeps on scoring, it seems, as he matched Robbie Fowler’s Premier League goal scoring record for Liverpool in the side’s 6-3 win at Cardiff City. Though it may have looked uncomfortable for the Reds at times, they could rely on their Uruguayan striker to come up with a hat-trick and an assist to keep the side firmly in the title hunt.
Cisse hasn’t had the best of seasons for Newcastle United, and it looked as if it was going to be another retched afternoon in front of goal for the Senegalese international against Crystal Palace. But shortly after missing a golden opportunity for his side, he bounced back by heading in Hatem Ben Arfa’s cross right at the death to give Newcastle all three points.
Honourable mentions should go to Yaya Toure for his hat-trick in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Fulham. Shane Long was key as Hull City beat his old club West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at the KC Stadium with the striker involved in both girls. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Christian Eriksen also played crucial roles in Tottenham’s dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton at White Hart Lane.