Premier League review – Moaning and Mane

The Premier League was back this weekend just gone and it seems that some things just never change. Mourinho was moaning about incorrect decisions and missed cards after his first Manchester derby ended in a 2-1 home defeat. A handball decision and a challenge by Bravo on Rooney. Whilst Bravo touched the ball, some will look at his initial feet being both off the ground when he went charging. On the other hand some could say if United had started better and not allowed City the space, the result again could have been different. It was probably not something United fans might have expected under Mourinho that being tactically out done by the opposition at Old Trafford, but there we were.

Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League with a 4-0 pasting against Stoke City. The North London club seem to enjoy their trips to Stoke and made easy work of Mark Hughes team. They have only conceded two goals which is one of the tightest defences in the Premier League.

Arsenal left it late to grab a win against Southampton. WInless Saints had gone ahead after an unfortunate own goal from Cech, but with Koscielny equalising the Saints looked to take a third point of the season. Southampton hearts were broken deep into injury time with a Santi Corzola penalty winner.

Watford came back from 2-0 to win 4-2 and open their win account. Having gone 2-0 down after 33 minutes, it seemed that Watford might be in for a beating but two goals in four minutes brought the visitors level. Second half seemed no better for the home side as a Watford side now with a buzz, grabbed two in ten to secure the three points and hand another defeat for the struggling Hammers.

Another team knocking four in the back of the net were Liverpool. The Reds were finally getting to play at Anfield for the first time since last season. With the main stand now expanded, Anfield was now at a capacity of 54,000. Anfield was a sellout as Liverpool hosted the defending Champions Leicester. It was a strong attacking performance from the home side although the defence still had a few iffy moments, such as Lucas giving the ball away for Leicester to pull on back. That as as good as it got for the visitors as Mane and Firmino did the damage.

Bournemouth and Palace secured wins in their matches to win their first league games of the season.

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League One Plus

With the World Cup European qualifiers taking place this weekend (separate post to come on that) it meant no Premier League and Championship games taking place. This means a look at League One and below.

LEAGUE ONE

Bolton Wanderers missed the chance to open a four point gap when they were held at home to early season strugglers Southend United. Despite the gulf between the two, it was coastal side Southend that took the early advantage with a third minute goal. Unfortunately for the visitors, that was as good as it got. They had just two further goal attempts in the rest of the game and had to withstand a barrage of Bolton possession and shots on goal. It did seem though that at half time the visitors might pull it off. Three minutes into the second half Wanderers were level and then pushed on for the second goal to in the game, it never came and they had to settle for a point.

Bradford City faced fellow promotion hopefuls Millwall. The Bantams could have gone top and Millwall could have risen to second depending on other scores. A goal either side of half time was all that came in the game.

Fleetwood continued to keep in touch with the top two by grabbing a 2-0 home win over struggling Coventry City. For the home side they have only lost one game which came against the league leaders Bolton. Fleetwood will no doubt be serious contenders for promotion come the end of the season.

 LEAGUE TWO

Luton Town, having  finished eleventh last season, stormed to the top of League Two with a 4-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers.  Having only dropped points in a draw against Yeovil and an injury time defeat against rivals Stevenage, the league leaders have amassed a goal difference of plus nine in their 6 league games with thirteen points. Compare this to their rivals Morecambe and Plymouth close behind on twelve, neither of theirs is more than plus two.

Portsmouth looking to return to League One are hot on the trail and two points behind Luton. They are the closest in goal difference threat to Luton. They have plus four having had a slow start to the season. With Wycombe coming up, they will no doubt be looking to add to the goal difference and increase their chance of a top two place.

At the other end of the table Cambridge United find themselves propping up the table. Three points coming from three draws doesnt bode well for the club and have managed just three goals. A trip to third place Plymouth Argyle this weekend doesnt exactly bode well for them especially when the hosts have kept three clean sheets in a row.

There seems no escape for Yeovil Town either. Having started with four points in the first two games, that’s as good as it got. They shipped seven goals in the last two games. Their only hope is that this weekend they face Hartlepool who have leakier defence. They have shipped fifteen in six games including a 6-1 pasting by Stevenage.

It may still be a long way to go, but looking at League One and Two it would seem they are the leagues to keep a look at.