Sunday, 19 October 2008

Weekend round up

I've decided that from now on, I'm going to try and do a round up of Liverpool and Valencia games from the weekend. I don't know how successful this is going to be, because I start work in two weeks, and I'll most likely miss a lot of games, I'll be relying on many other websites to tell me what the games were like. No matter, while I'm here, you'll get reports.

The Liverpool game against Wigan followed an international break, from which the team had suffered several considerable blows. Nando out injured. Babel out injured. Keane not out injured. Mascher and Lucas coming back late and suffering from jetlag. Add to that the absence of Martin Skrtel, and it wasn't looking all that brilliant for Liverpool. They knew before Kick off that Chelsea had managed a 5-0 win against Middlesborough, meaning it was a game they HAD to win to stay joint top. I had faith that they could pull it out of the bag though, sure that after their performance against Man City, they'd be able to get themselves out of trouble should it be needed. And it was needed, as for the second weekend, Liverpool went behind to a team they were widely expected to beat comfortably. The similarities to the Man City game didn't end there though. Liverpool won the game 3-2, with Kuyt scoring the winner and the equalising goal coming after the opposition team had gone down to 10.

It was not the most convincing of Liverpool performances, Agger had a nightmare start, but gradually got into the game, not only providing the assist for Liverpool's first goal, but also making some very important challenges to keep Wigan at bay. It's not the first time this season Liverpool have been very lucky to win a game. In fact, other than the Merseyside derby, I don't remember Liverpool having a convincing win in the Premier League so far this season. As long as the three points keep coming though, it's not going to be much of a concern. Yes, winning ugly is a pet hate of mine, and the sooner Liverpool stop doing it, the better, but for now, I am more than happy to sit back and watch my boys get win after win.

Valencia started the weekend top of the La Liga table. They too have not always won in the most convincing manner, but 3 points are three points. Today was not one of these games though, they dominated from start to finish and although the game finished 4-0 , they could easily have scored more. Stupid stream issues prevented me from catching the first five minutes of the would be the time Dahveed scored a goal, wouldn't it?! He scored again on 18 minutes, but the idiot referee disallowed it. That'll come back to haunt him, the fucker. Valencia were the more attacking of the two teams, Renan barely had a save to make for the first 45 minutes.

The second half was pretty much more of the same. Mata scored Valencia's second after 71 mins following a defensive error from a Veeyah pass. The referee and his assistants seemed hell bent on preventing Dahveed from scoring any more, flagging him for offside on several occasions when he was clearly onside. Valencia weren't to be stopped though, Vicente scoring the third with 7 minutes left, and Dahveed scored his second with just a minute left. A clean sheet and 4 goals scored put them securely back at the top of the table.

Ok, and this has nothing to do with either team, but I have to mention it cos it was the comedy moment of the weekend. Stoke got a PK, which took forever to be taken because the wind kept blowing the ball off the spot. It was serious lolz.


Lucy said...

Yay Liverpool won! I'm like you, I don't really care how we win, so long as we win! I'm fed up with Manure getting all the lucky breaks, it's about time we got some :D

Stephanie said...

I'm all for wins if it means Chelsea isn't at the top.