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Match Of The Day a few quick thoughts

  • The only place they were going to start was Carrow Road. A stupendous 9 goal thriller at Lunchtime. Alex Neil must be absolutely fuming. Being 3-1 up, throwing that away. Seemingly salvaging a point in injury time and then throwing that away also. Neil identified both Defence and Attack as his weak areas and has bought players in to try and rectify that. Steven Naimsith looks like a shrewd singing, although I think they may have to get another Defender in if they are to have any chance of staying up. Scoring 4 at home and still losing, something has gone wrong there.
  • Liverpool on the other hand. When it’;s your day, it really is your day. The common question at the moment is where are the goals going to come from but it was a real team effort especially from Midfield as Henderson, Milner and Lallana chipped with goals. Although the Defence may be given some extra homework from Herr Klopp.
  • Whisper it but Tim Sherwood was actually quite good on Match Of The Day, maybe a career as a Pundit would suit him better
  • Palace vs Spurs has already been covered in great detail – http://realfootballman.com/2016/01/24/crystal-palace-vs-tottenham-a-few-quick-thoughts/
  • Leicester just refuse to wilt, back to winning ways with a comfortable win over Stoke. Is this the point where we really say they are real title contenders. Maybe not quite yet, they have to face Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool in the next few weeks if they are still in the top two after these games then yes you would say they are true contenders. But that’s for next month, in the short term at least Jamie Vardy is back in goals.
  • Manchester United undo all their hard work after their smash and grab win over Liverpool last Weekend, by reverting to type against Southampton. No drive or creativity from Louis Van Gaal’s side, a chorus of boos rung around Old Trafford not even at full time but straight after Charlie Austin’s header crashed into the net. What a way to announce yourself as a Southampton player. On for 4 minutes and he gets the winner, welcome back to the Premier League Charlie
  • West Ham and Manchester City shared the points at Upton Park and it’s City’s 3rd draw in 6 matches, they just can’t seem to get a real winning run together and bridge the gap at the top. Not only that but they have to be careful of Tottenham breathing down their necks. If the two clubs keep up their current form, then the Valentines Day clash between the two sides could be very important. As for West Ham they will probably feel hard done by to not get all 3 points. City should have been down to 10 men and then they hit the woodwork with the last effort of the game, a draw that probably feels like a defeat for West Ham but a measure of how far they have come under Slaven Bilic.
  • Watford are back to winning ways and Odion Ighalo is back on the score sheet, that win saw Watford return to the top half of the table but for their opponents Newcastle they stay in the bottom 3. It seems to be one step forward and two steps back for Steve McClaren’s men. He’ll be hoping that Swansea don’t get anything from their trip to Everton this Afternoon.
  • Sunderland vs Bournemouth wasn’t anything great, I predicted a share of the points yesterday and that’s exactly what it was. Benik Afobe and Patrick Van Aanholt both scoring for the second consecutive game for their respective sides but for Sunderland draws like this aren’t going to be enough to get them out of the bottom 3
  • West Brom vs Aston Villa as predicted by yours truly it had the coveted last on Match Of The Day award, I didn’t bother to watch it but at least it continues the Villa unbeaten streak to 3 matches in the Premier League but like Sunderland draws aren’t going to be enough to get them off the bottom let alone out of the dropzone.

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