Cheers for the boos…
The boos rang out at Molineux after a first half in which, to a degree, Wolves dominated yet found themselves 2-0 down – and heading towards their six successive defeat – to a clinical Swansea side who looked to be on their way to their first away win of the season. This even continued into the second-half when on the 68th minute Mick McCarthy decided to shuffle the pack and bring on Adlène Guedioura and Stephen Hunt in place of Adam Hammill and Matt Jarvis which was also roundly booed by the home crowd. If that wasn’t enough, come the 80th minute Wolves fans had seen enough and were shown by TV camera leaving that ground. 10 minutes and two goals later – courteously of Kevin Doyle and Jamie O’Hara – and the Molineux crowd were rocking and, gone where the chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning”. Fickle football fans. At least Wolves have stopped the rot.
Wigan and Bolton’s rot continues
When Wigan and Bolton met last weekend at the DW Stadium it was the latter that took all three points but both went back to their losing ways to today against Newcastle and Sunderland, respectively. Bolton’s defeat to Sunderland was their 12th in their last 14 Premier League games – or to put it in print: LLLLLWLLLLLLWL. By the same token, Wigan’s loss was their sixth consecutive defeat. It’s not surprising to see both of these sides making up two of the bottom three – the relegation trapdoor has already begun to creak…
Newcastle’s unbeaten run continues
Another three points sees Newcastle keep up their unbeaten start to the season and also puts them level on points (19) with third placed Chelsea, whom have played a game less. Stoke and Everton are to come in the next two weeks for the Magpie’s before the challenge of Manchester City and Chelsea – how long more will Alan Pardew’s side keep up their unbeaten run?
Twelve goals in five games this afternoon and with last season’s top five teams: Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all in action tomorrow afternoon it was far from an exciting, enthralling, action packed Saturday. Mind you, Wolves vs. Swansea was the stand out game of the day.
Norwich have a certain air of resilience about them
When lost back to back games against Chelsea and West Brom – it was the very first time they had done so under Paul Lambert’s reign, impressive stuff, indeed. And, after nine games they find themselves in 7th place – the highest placed promoted side – after a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Last season many where impressed with the way Blackpool played – their openness and gung-ho approach to every game. The big difference between the Tangerines and the Canaries is that they play some impressive stuff – but they seem to have found that balance between defence and attack. They’re not afraid to give the big teams a run for their money – games against Chelsea and Manchester United are testament to that, and today’s point against Liverpool, also.