Saturday, December 12, 2015

It Happened in England: City spoil Madley debut, Bournemouth down Manchester United

Norwich 1-1 Everton
Romelu Lukaku continued his hot streak for Everton when he scored in the 15th minute on a pretty far post header. Lukaku had missedfca great chance by sending a low roller wide of the goal and there were several other chances that the visiting club failed to convert. They really should have blown Norwich out by halftime, but their lazy finishing didn't allow them. Insead they only held onto that lead until a couple minutes after halftime. It was Wes Hoolahan finsihing off a corner that had already been cleared off the line once. That got Norwich level and it remained that way through a great deal of Everton pressing. It was Norwich with the best chance to find a winner. Jerome saw a pass come to him at the penalty spot but sent his effort sailing over the gaping net. The points would have to be shared, a result that would please Norwich must more than the wasteful Everton.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
A big match between midtable dwellers came down to Yohan Cabaye. He tapped home from the outside of the six yard box in the 38th minute to put Palace up 1-0. Palace was able to ride that goal to the end against a sort of strong Southampton attack. Palace jumps into sixth place over Everton with the victory.

West Ham 0-0 Stoke City
There may not have been any goals, but it sure wasn't for West Ham's lack of trying. The peppered Jack Butland with ten shots on target our of 24 overall. This despite Stoke's 52% advantage in possession. This result does nothing to clear the log jam in the middle of the table. These two are separated by four spots and only a single point.

Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City
One figured that this would be Manchester City's match from beginning to end, but Swansea was proving themselves capable of hanging with the championship contenders in their first Premier League match without Gary Monk in charge. Regardless of a couple of half Swansea chances, City was still the first to take the lead. Wilfried Bony was left unmarked on a Jesus Navas corner for an easy header in the  26th minute. As the second half wore on, Swansea became more and more potent. The came a foul away from leveling the score with five minutes to play. Bafetimbi Gomis did find the Swans an equalizer. In the 90th minute, he roofed a shot past a helpless Joe Hart. He thought he gave the visitors a share of the points, but Yaya Toure had other plans. His stoppage time shot from the corner of the area took a deflection and flopped right over a diving Lukasz Fabianski to spoil Robert Madley's debut as Swansea boss.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford
Odion Ighalo connected on a Allan Nyom cross in the fifth minute to give Watford an early lead against struggling Sunderland. That would be all it would take for the Hornets to get three away points against the relegation candidates. Sunderland did try to score, they took 16 shots and had a couple of golden chances late in the match on their way to this defeat. Their inability to finish means the Black Cats fall again, Watford, meanwhile, is slowly creeping into midtable respectability.

AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United
Don't tell Bournemouth they are the underdogs in this one. A second minute olimpico from Junior Stanislas gave them a spectacular early lead and they continued to get chances on the counter. United were forced to throw plenty of numbers forward in order to get back on level pegging. Marouane Fellaini, after getting denied by some spectacular goalkeeping earlier, did just that in the 24th minute.

The Cherries kept pressing in the rare instances they got the chance to. After a brilliant run from midfield into the penalty area by Simon Francis to set up a corner in the 54th minute, Joshua King gave Bournemouth the lead again by connecting on a low corner. In all reality, they could have had several more goals on the counter attack. Glen Murray, in particular, was all alone om David De Gea in the 71st minute, and sent his effort barely over the bar. United tried to press their attack, but the Cherries held firm and scored the upset at home.

Bournemouth jumps four spots into 14th place with the victory. United is stuck in fourth.

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