17 Sep 2011

Premier League Results Saturday 17/09/11

Blackburn Rovers    4 – 3    Arsenal

Match Facts
Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado (Petrovic,18), Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Rochina (Olsson,56), Formica (Vukcevic,65), Yakubu.
Subs: Bunn, Grella, Roberts, Hanley.
Booked: Dann, Olsson
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, (Djourou 53), Mertesacker, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Song (Chamakh 76), Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, van Persie, Arshavin (Walcott 64).
Subs: Fabianski, Gibbs, Benayoun, Coquelin.
Booked: Djourou
Referee: Andre Marriner  England
Attendance: 22,637

Aston Vila        1 - 1       Newcastle United   

Match Facts
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Bannan (Albrighton 67), Petrov (Ireland 68), Delph, N'Zogbia, Bent (Delfouneso 85), Agbonlahor.
Subs not used: Guzan, Herd, Lowry, Gardner.
Scorer: Agbonlahor (13).
Booked: Collins.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez (Sa Ameobi 85), Best (Sh Ameobi 69), Ba (Marveaux 80).
Subs not used: Elliot, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Perch, Sammy Ameobi.
Scorer: Best (57).
Booked: Best.
Attendance: 34,248
Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Bolton Wanderers    1 – 2    Norwich City   

Match Facts
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Tuncay (Eagles 46), Pratley (Mark Davies 74), Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies (Ngog 46), Klasnic.
Subs not used: Bogdan, Muamba, Kakuta, Wheater.
Yellow card: Jaaskelainen, Reo-Coker
Red card: Klasnic.
Scorer: Petrov pen 64
Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Fox, Bradley Johnson, Pilkington (Vaughan 77), Hoolahan (Crofts 87), Morison (Holt 76).
Subs not used: Rudd, Surman, Chris Martin, De Laet.
Scorers: Pilkington 37, Johnson 42.
Referee: Howard Webb.
Attendance: 21, 223

Everton            3 – 1    Wigan Athletic   

Match Facts
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman (Vellios 66), Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov (Drenthe 58), Osman, Cahill (Stracqualursi 83).
Subs not used:
Mucha, Heitinga, Neville, Barkley.
Yellow cards: Fellaini, Vellios.
Scorers: Jagielka 33, Vellios 84, Drenthe 90+8.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Van Aanholt, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, Gomez (Jones 71), Watson, McCarthy, Moses, Di Santo, Rodallega (Maloney 90+2).
Subs not used: Pollitt, Thomas, Crusat, McArthur, Sammon.
Yellow card: Caldwell.
Scorer: Di Santo 31.
Attendance: 31,576.
Referee: Peter Walton.

Swansea City        3 – 0    West Bromwich

Match Facts
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor (Bessone 85), Dyer (Routledge 71), Britton, Allen, Gower, Sinclair, Lita (Moore 71). Subs not used: Tremmel, Dobbie, Richards, Lucas.
Yellow card: Lita.
Scorers: Sinclair (pen) 14, Lita 24, Dyer 49.
West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Mulumbu (Dorrans 46), Shorey, Morrison, Dawson, Scharner (Dorrans 67), Thomas (Brunt 46), Long, Odemwingie. Subs not used: Fulop, McAuley, Jones, Fortune.
Yellow card: Brunt, Odemwingie
Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Wolverhampton    0 – 3    Queens Park Rangers

Match Facts
Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Elokobi (Vokes, 46), Kightly (Guedioura, 46), Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis (Hunt, 73), Ward, Doyle.
Subs not used: De Vries, Hammill, Milijas, Foley.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Gabbidon (Hall, 83), Ferdinand, Traore, Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Bothroyd (Campbell, 73), Taarabt.
Subs not used: Murphy, Buzsaky, Connolly, Smith, Puncheon.
Scorers: Barton 8, Faurlin 10, Campbell 87.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Attendance: 24,189

Yakubu celebrates with Steve Kean

Saturday matches had a lot of surprising results. Blackburn bounced back from all the critic and beat a poor Arsenal 4-3 at home. Arsenal controlled the game but gave it all away with two own goals and poor defending. Everton showed character and got 3 important points. Norwich and Swansea got their first win of the season and climbed the table. While Bolton and West Brom where big disappointments.

QPR trashed Wolves and many of the new signings show that they have come to make an impact straight away. Everton got a solid win in the end but struggled for a long period against Wigan, but in the end they got the 3 points and have started the season stronger then in many years. Aston Villa and Newcastle drew at Villa Park and both teams are still unbeaten for the season.

Preview of the English premiership matches on Saturday 17.september

Blackburn – Arsenal        Away (1-2)

Blackburn is a major disappointment so far this season, and even though they have played better in the last matches, they still only have 1 point in 4 matches. The fans have had enough of Steven Kean and the owners. They have decided to make a protest before and during the game today. I can’t see this not affecting both the players and manager. This will give Arsenal an edge for this game I feel. That being said, Arsenal have not impressed so far this season. Won the last game against at home with only 1-0, after a huge mistake from Swanseas goalkeeper. Both Song and Gervinho are back for this match and should give the team a boost.

Aston Villa – Newcastle    Home (3-1)

Aston Villa has impressed me so far this season and stands unbeaten after 4 matches. Picking up a point away to both Fulham and Everton are strong results. Bent and Agbonlahor are looking strong in front and should produce enough in this game to give the home side new 3 points. Newcastle is standing unbeaten as well so far this season. But they haven’t looked that strong to me, and they were lucky to get a point in last game against QPR. Newcastle is strong enough to take all points from Villa on a good day, but to me they don’t look sharp enough now.

Bolton – Norwich    Home (3-0)

Bolton has had a tough start to the season. After trashing newcomers QPR in the first game they have been up against Liverpool and both Manchester teams, and gotten nothing out of the games. Looked strong against Manchester City, but were nowhere near points against Manchester United and Liverpool. Now it’s time for a match they need to win if they are to stay clear of the relegation battle. Home game to Norwich should be 3 points for Owen Coyles men. Norwich have played a lot of good matches, but been unlucky or should one say lacking quality in both ends of the pitch. They should have gotten more points out of the first 4 matches, but all one can say is welcome to the hard reality called Premier League. In my opinion de Laet should not be included in the squad for some matches after costing the club a lot of points on easy mistakes.  Norwich could of course get something out of this game if their luck changes some, but for me this looks like a home win.

Everton – Wigan    Home (2-1)

Everton is still looking strong even after selling their playmaker Arteta to Arsenal. The only problem for the club is that they are slow starters and have usually given away easy matches at home. They threw away both home matches against QPR and Aston Villa. And now it’s yet again time for a game which they should easily win at home. Wigan has had an easy start to the season so one should not let the impressive 5 points in 4 matches fool you. Playing against all 3 newcomers should have given more than 5 points and the club is for sure going to fight yet again to stay up in the premiership. For me this is an open game because Everton is still Everton and give away way to many easy games. That being said I can’t call for a Wigan win.

Swansea – West Brom        Home (2-0)

Swansea has been unlucky and still has yet to score a goal in the premiership. That being said they have played good football and I think it’s time for their first goal and first win in this match against a poor travelling West Brom side. West Brom has had a tough start to the season meeting both Manchester United and Chelsea in the first 4 matches. They have 3 points so far which came in a lucky win away to Norwich. I can’t see them being lucky in two away matches in a row.

Wolverhampton – Queens Park Rangers                Home (2-0)

Wolves have impressed so far this season even though they lost last game at home to Tottenham. They have 7 points in 4 matches which is brilliant for a team which almost got relegated last season. Mick McCarthys men are playing attacking and good football nowdays and I think they will collect another 3 points to newcomers QPR in this game. QPR have were unlucky in the last game against Newcastle. The game ended in a draw but they should have gotten more out of the game. They played a good away game to Everton some weeks ago and could of course get something out of this game. But I have a feeling that Wolves will nick this one.

16 Sep 2011

So long Steve Kean

Steve Kean
One of my predictions this season was Steve Kean to be the first manager to get axed. That prediction is looking to cash in very soon. Blackburn fans didn’t understand much of the sacking of manager Sam Allardyce last season. And the poor results under the unknown Steve Kean were nothing less than disappointing last season.

Fans were hoping that the new owners would throw some money to Kean which would give them some hope of results at the start of the new season. So I bet the frustration for the Blackburn fans was complete when the club failed to sign any player who looked to strengthen the squad during the transfer window. And when the team is have collected one point out of 4 games so far, the situation goes from being frustration to complete lack of faith in the manager and owners capability to take the team in the right direction.

Blackburn Rovers
This have now resulted in the supporters planning a 1,000-strong march on Saturday to ask for the removal of Steve Kean as manager. The stats says it all, with only 23 points out of 33 games since Kean came into the manager position. I really respect the Blackburn fans for taking responsibility for their clubs situation. Like I said in my predictions for the season, Steve Kean is not good enough for a club like Blackburn. And I hope the club can get new owners in the future that actually give a damn about the club.

I hope for the sake of the club that more Blackburn fans show up and make the statement clear how they feel about the situation in the club. Blackburn deserves a lot more then what they are getting in Steve Kean and their owners. My deepest respect and support goes out to the Blackburn supporters.