Notes from the weekend in the Premier League:
It was a performance to encourage copycat attempts from future opposition, and offered Manchester United an opening in the early race for first place going into Sunday's match with Bolton. But how's this for sentences you never thought you'd hear:
In a 2-2 draw that kept United three points off the pace, the Swede put on a display of vim and vigor that shouldn't be too badly tarnished by a wild miss after he'd wriggled past
United might have failed to capitalize, but it did leapfrog Arsenal, which lost an error-strewn match 3-2 to West Bromwich Albion.
This summer, when Fulham goalkeeper
Arsenal has broader problems, but how many lives does this cat have? The ever-protective Wenger says Almunia is injured for the trip to Partisan Belgrade --
The talk in the West Brom dressing room is now of Europe, rather than relegation. Pie-in-the-sky, perhaps, but it tells you just how transformative Odemwingie's arrival has been. The Baggies hadn't won at Arsenal in 27 years, and hadn't won an away fixture in the top flight in their last 16 attempts.
When their fellow Midlanders at Birmingham were promoted in 2009, most people fancied them to be relegated at the first opportunity, and manager
This time around, there have been more ties than victories, and Saturday's draw with Wigan wasn't especially entertaining. But still, there are probably places Everton manager
There's hope, too, for West Ham, which grabbed its first win of the season, against Spurs. West Ham was up against Tottenham's last-choice central defensive partnership of
Both scored against Sunderland in the League Cup last week, and their movement, drive and understanding troubled Spurs. And
Moyes played Yakubu alone up front against Fulham and didn't really get much more bang for his buck than his counterpart,
Perhaps Moyes is hoping for something akin to the improbable return to form of Aston Villa's
No doubt it's still too soon to start scripting the touching made-for-TV biopic, but there is arguably something potent about his combination with new (old) manager
Painfully shy, Heskey is a confidence player and Houllier is well positioned to manage that. "I told Emile, 'Well done, son,' after the League Cup game," Houllier said. "I don't know whether he believes in me, but I believe in him."
For the first time in the league this season, the right back avoided a booking for haplessly upending an opponent, instead going beyond that with an own goal that proved to be the winner for Stoke, which had managed only one shot on target itself.
He wasn't single-handedly responsible for Newcastle's undoing (the removal of
It's not the first time Gerrard has escaped censure for
At least we can rely on decent sorts like Birmingham's