As is usually the case, if there is a hero there tends to be a villain. With every match taking on greater significance with each passing week, any slip-ups or mistakes are going to prove costly. It may be a case of misfortune, but certain players be kicking themselves come the end of the season.
It was cruel really for Steven Gerrard. With the game approaching half time at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea, it was 0-0 and Gerrard collected a pass from Mamadou Sakho, he slipped up and allowed Demba Ba to put Chelsea into the lead. If it remained 0-0 until the break, then who knows how the game will have ended up? The Reds’ skipper tried incredibly hard in the second half to make up for his error, but just couldn’t.
Antolin Alcaraz & Seamus Coleman
When you’re chasing Champions League football, it’s probably advisable that you steer clear of scoring own goals. Unfortunately, within a minute of the game, Alcaraz headed through his own net to give Southampton the lead against Everton, and Seamus Coleman tried to guide the ball back to Tim Howard but ended up putting through his own net. If they were at the right end, you would’ve said they were two very good headers.
When you are fighting it out at the bottom of the table, you need as many men available as possible – but Cala was sent off for a foul on Connor Wickham during Cardiff City’s 4-0 loss to Sunderland. One thing you don’t need when approaching the final games of the season is one of your players ending up with a suspension. It also allowed Sunderland to double their lead in a key game at the Stadium of Light.
Norwich City didn’t have much of the play in the first half at Old Trafford, but were holding their own up until half-time against Manchester United. This was until some poor, and possibly comical, defending allowed the ball to fall to Danny Welbeck, who was then brought down by Whittaker. It was a soft penalty, but a foul nonetheless, when Whittaker could have dealt with the threat in another way.
He may have scored a wonderful header to double Fulham’s lead at Craven Cottage against Hull City but it was his carelessness on the far post that may have cost the Cottagers dearly as he failed to track Shane Long who equalised for the visitors. Two points dropped when they could have made all the difference to their survival bid.