So the dust has finally settled on another huge weekend of stud clashing, shirt pulling and roaring tempers. Scores have been settled, new rivalries formed and finger nails throughout the UK and beyond are well and truly chewed.
So where to start on rounding up a weekend that saw so many bitter rivalries go head to head.
Saturday’s North London Derby saw Tottenham come from behind to see off Arsenal 2-1 with Harry Kane bagging his 21st and 22nd goals of the season in a fiery contest at White Hart Lane. Plenty of hand bag flailing and dummy spitting in this game, with a very heated contest between two of English football’s brightest prospects, Danny Welbeck and Danny Rose. Their name was about all the two could agree on this weekend as they clashed several times during the game. The stand out player, though, was Harry Kane, who has been making up for his lack of whit with some superb form recently. With the game played in front of our favourite owl look-a-like Roy Hodgson, the youngster has made a solid case for an England call up.
Saturday night saw another of the UK’s closest rivals attempting to beat the living day lights out of each other within the rules of football. This was of course the 224th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, which, last year brought us an epic 3-3 draw. This year’s encounter was, however, a little short of the mark to say the least, there was the usual fiery tackles, shouting and spitting we have come to expect from these events but little else made the game worth watching.
At the end of the season the Premier League will say good bye to a national hero in Steven Gerrard but even he couldn’t pull this 0-0 draw out of mediocrity. The one ray of light was Jordan Ibe’s performance, the youngster, who has been on loan at Derby County, made only his second league start for Liverpool and a thundering effort from him in the first half which struck the post marked him as one to watch in the close of this season.
As for the rest of the premier league action this weekend, Chelsea extended their lead (yawn) at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Manchester City stumbled at Hull coming from behind to get a late equaliser through James Milner and extending their run to four games without a win. Their local rivals United were very nearly undone by in-form West Ham after a one in a million volley from Cheikhou Kouyate put West Ham in front. The red devils nicked an equaliser in the 93rd minute to salvage some pride and hold on to their fourth place spot in the table.
A fairly uneventful Newcastle Vs Stoke game came to slightly more exciting finish when Newcastle went ahead in the final quarter, only for old long legged Crouchy to robot his way off the bench and grab an equaliser in the 90th minute to level the scores at one a piece.
Southampton continued their dream season with another 3 points, beating QPR 1-0 after a 93rd minute strike from Sadio Mane. Managerless QPR continue their miserable run of five straight defeats while Southampton jump up to third in the table.
Crystal Palace won away from home again this weekend, overcoming Leicester 1-0 after a second half goal from Joe Ledley. It seems that Alan Pardew has been a breath of fresh air for the Crystal Palace side who are now unbeaten away from home under the new Manager, one in the eye for those fickle Newcastle fans.
Sunderland managed a 1-1 draw at Swansea this weekend despite the Swans remaining on top for most of the game and being unlucky not to grab a late winner. The point for Sunderland will be of real value as they bid to steer clear of that pesky relegation zone but will frustrate the Swans who will feel they should have bagged 3 easy points.
So there you have it a weekend of late finishes in the Premier League, another weekend of goals, glory, blood sweat and tears, whether you loved it or hated it, one things for certain, it all starts again next weekend!