EPL: Day 4, Part 1

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
August 30th, 2003 • 9:59 pm

Chelsea weren’t impressive, and it’s not looking good for Newcastle United…

Chelsea were really fortunate to be awarded a penalty kick for an alleged handball against Blackburn. There was little flow to their game, and almost every pass by Veron made me cringe. How on earth this player is valued so highly is beyond me. It’s his third year in England and, apart from a few goals at Manchester United, I don’t think he’s done anything to deserve the reputation of a word-class player.

Newcastle were rather awful in their first half against Birmingham, which made for a very boring game, and I didn’t watch the second half. It turns out that they lost 0-1, which is their third home defeat in a week. Many illusions have been shattered, I’m afraid. It’ll be an amazing feat if they recover from all these blows and actually get something from this season.

Interesting results elsewhere with another home defeat for Tottenham that does not bode well for Glen Hoddle. It sounds like the Middlesborough vs. Leeds game (2-3) was exciting. Will have to catch the highlights. And Liverpool finally got a win, at Everton no less. A temporary reprieve for Gérard Houillier or a real turnaround? We’ll see…

The really exciting stuff happens tomorrow, however, with Manchester United visiting Southampton, and Arsenal visiting Manchester City.

2 Responses to “EPL: Day 4, Part 1”

  1. jim says:

    yah saw the highlights regarding the penalty and thought it was rather harsh. considering that in either the newcastle/birmingham or wolve/portsmouth match there was almost an identical incident and nothing was given…what much can a player do when its almost natural-reflex to cover the face when you see the ball coming at you…just another referee decision…

    newcastle’s display tonight makes me wonder how they managed to do so well last season with the same bunch of players.

    henry vs anelka…who will come out tops? :)

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    How did Newcastle manage to do so well last year? Through their enthusiasm, I guess. But it’s something that’s hard to sustain if you don’t have a quality foundation.

    Henry vs. Anelka? Not much of a contest, on paper at least. We shall see :).

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