As always there are a couple of villains from the Premier League action at the weekend as some key players, and teams could have done so much more to get some valuable points. Here is a look at our villains from this weekend’s action:
People will rightly praise Liverpool’s performance against Spurs on Sunday but it was a poor performance from the visitors in their 4-0 defeat at Anfield. They seemed pretty happy to let Liverpool have the ball, play their own game, and provided very little threat of their own. Wrong tactics? Is it the fault of the players or of Head Coach Tim Sherwood? Either way, their record against the top sides is something that needs to be addressed urgently.
Some will point to John Terry for the own goal that ended up giving Crystal Palace all three points against Chelsea but the defeat had as much to do with Chelsea’s lack of cutting edge up front as any defensive mishap. Torres failed to hit the target at all during the game. His struggles at Chelsea are well documented but that is a poor statistic to have.
Some may call it unfortunate, but David Stockdale should have done better with Steven Naismith’s first effort which broke the deadlock at Craven Cottage for Everton against Fulham. The strike itself appeared to be going wide and only went in a result of the goalkeeper’s poor positioning. Not a good day for the Fulham stopper.
Approaching half-time at Old Trafford, Aston Villa were level at 1-1 with Manchester United. Though they had the lead earlier on in the half, they would have been content to be level at the interval, but Bacuna’s poor challenge on Juan Mata allowed Wayne Rooney to give United the lead, and give them a bit of momentum going into the second half. Game changer? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. But it certainly didn’t help.
You could put this error down to naivety as West Bromwich Albion led 3-2 in stoppage time in their crucial relegation clash against Cardiff City, the 20-year-old forward gave the ball away which allowed the Bluebirds to equalise, and it cost the Baggies two precious points in their battle to beat the drop. The striker later apologised on twitter for his error.