Sunday, 4 April 2010

Football Update

Well it was a pretty interesting weekend of football in the Prem and the Championship.
The big one being that Chelsea have gone back top of the table after a win at Old Trafford, United really seem to have a problem with coming back after an away fixture in Europe. There was a fair bit of controversy, two good penalty shouts turned down, a clearly offside goal and a possibly hand-balled goal but all in all I think its fair to say the better side on the day won. They were excellent in the first half, controlling the game well, Malouda in particular was excellent. United had the better of the second half without ever looking like they were posing a serious threat to the Chelsea goal. Elsewhere in the fight for top-spot Arsenal were saved by a late Bentdner header (again) to give them the 3-points at Wolves to keep them in the race.
City were the weekends big winners in terms of the 4th spot contest, not only did they crush Burnley 6-1 but they also saw the nearest rivals for a Champions League spot lose in what was one of their easier games in the run in. Things don't bode well for Tottenham now that they're in 5th spot and yet to play Chelsea, United and Arsenal.

It was also a great result for Blackpool this weekend, a good 4-2 win away at Scunthorpe. Incidentally, Scunthorpe's ground was horrendous, it made Bloomfield Road look like the Nou Camp, 20 rows with breeze block and corrugated sheets. The signs were ominous for Scunthorpe when they took a look at our bench, Bannan, Vaughan, Bouazza, DJ Campbell, four very good strike options just sitting on the sidelines. The introduction of Vaughan gave us back control of a game that was starting to even out after the penalty, Bouazza gave some much needed width and DJ topped it off with two goals, not bad substitutions really.
The rest of the play-off hopefuls didn't fare as well which leaves Blackpool 1 point off the play-offs with a five-point gap to 8th place, things look pretty good. If we can get something out of the games at Newcastle and Forest then we can really start dreaming of another day out at Wembley.

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