March 16, 2003

EPL REPORT WEEK 31: Rovers shock Arsenal, allowing Man Utd to close the gap to 2. (Much more inside!)

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 11:17 PM - 19 comments

The heat is on! Defending champs and current leaders Arsenal succumbed to a shock 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Man Utd benefited with a 1-0 win over Villa, and cut Arsenal's lead from five to two points. At the other end of the table, former Ireland coach Mick McCarthy began his managerial stint at bottom-placed Sunderland with a lovely 2-0 home loss to fellow relegation strugglers Bolton. Second-last West Brom had another nail hammered in their coffin by Chelsea, who triumphed 2-0 with goals from Stanic and Zola. Third-last West Ham managed a scoreless draw away to Everton, which at least gains them a point, but still leaves them two points from safety (which is where Bolton now sits.) Of course, my weekend was made complete with a Liverpool 3-2 away win over Spurs (their first win at White Hart Lane since 1996), overcoming a 1-0 deficit, thanks to goals from Owen, Heskey and Gerrard. Sixth-placed Liverpool are very much in the running for a Champions League place, being only two points below fourth-placed Chelsea (and a point below fifth-placed city rivals Everton). More links:

  • Table: Top 4: Arsenal, Man U, Newcastle, Chelsea; bottom 3: West Ham, West Brom, Sunderland.
  • Team of the week: Includes goalie who almost scored (and set up a goal anyway)!
  • Goal of the week: Goalie almost scores with a volley!
Your links?

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:41 PM on March 16, 2003

Arsenal loses!! YES! I dreamt they lost strange.

posted by StarFucker at 11:43 PM on March 16, 2003

Massive Man Citeh 1 - Birmingham City 0. A rubbish game, enlivened only by a quality goal by wee Robbie Fowler, and some amusing misses by Nicolas Anelka and Geoff Horsfield. To be fair, we were as rubbish as were they, but really should have earned ourselves a vital point in our struggle against relegation. Man of the Match was our goalie Ian Bennett, which really says all you need to know about the game. Bring on the Baggies on Saturday - a game we really must win. I've started biting my nails already.

posted by squealy at 04:40 AM on March 17, 2003

Boing boing! Shearer rules out a return to the England national team. We need him too.

posted by BigCalm at 05:29 AM on March 17, 2003

I am getting very pissed w/ and their popups on every page. Funny how one little change can make something go from being good to plain-old horse bollocks. I will boycott henceforth and switch to the good ol' Beeb.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:37 AM on March 17, 2003

Yeah, its really annoying me too...

posted by StarFucker at 09:47 AM on March 17, 2003

I am getting very pissed w/ and their popups on every page. ... I will boycott henceforth Wouldn't it be easier to switch to a web browser that allows one to disable popups without disabling javascript? Say, like Mozilla? :)

posted by scully at 10:42 AM on March 17, 2003

What the hell is Mozilla?

posted by StarFucker at 11:01 AM on March 17, 2003

aren't "Rovers" dogs?

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:01 AM on March 17, 2003

Follow the fucking link, StarFucker. I think this weekend was the wekend that the West Brom players finally accepted that relegation was inevitable. I'd given up a few weeks ago, but up until last Friday we were still only 5 points behind Bolton. The Trotters winning at Sunderland was the last straw. We played with no fight at all. Oh well. Nationwide, here we come.

posted by salmacis at 11:08 AM on March 17, 2003

What the hell is a javascript?

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:29 AM on March 17, 2003

btw, on a weekend when Heskey scored and someone called Horsfield goofed ...

Horsfield rounded City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel but with the goal at his mercy completely missed his kick and fell flat on his face.
... perhaps we should give the Horse nickname to someone else.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:44 AM on March 17, 2003

Magpies are solidly in third. Happy dance, happy dance. How many games are left?

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:53 AM on March 17, 2003

You just leave the Horse alone eh, you hubcap-nicking, shell-suit wearing scouse twat. ;-)

posted by squealy at 12:02 PM on March 17, 2003

Ohhh, you brummy bog bandit, kidney-pie-eating koont!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:18 PM on March 17, 2003

btw, I miss Fat Buddha. Get off your Sandy Balls, FB, and come back to us!

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:34 PM on March 17, 2003

I don't have time to learn how to use a new web browser you plonker!

posted by StarFucker at 02:12 PM on March 17, 2003

or you could install a pop up stopper

posted by sauril at 04:22 PM on March 17, 2003

I use that pop-up stopper meself. Top notch it is.

posted by squealy at 04:52 PM on March 17, 2003

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