A humdinger in Manchester, Arsene under pressure & much more...
Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Missed Opportunities
The thrilling clash between Man City and Liverpool at the Etihad on Sunday didn’t fail to deliver on entertainment, but there were plenty of missed opportunities. In a game with 26 shots, 13 apiece, just 7 were on target and only 2 goals were produced, one of them through a penalty. Liverpool went ahead after Gael Clichy’s high foot on Roberto Firmino awarded the Reds a penalty which James Milner took. Sergio Aguero equalised for City from Kevin de Bruyne’s cross, but both sides missed chance after chance to take full points in the match. After Aguero botched an opportunity just outside of the six-yard box, De Bruyne hit the stray ball against the post. Raheem Sterling beat keeper Simon Mignolet’s clearance attempt with a lob but sent it wide of the goal. But worst of all was a missed sitter from Adam Lallana, who failed to tap Firmino’s pass into a practically open goal.
2 – The Baggies beat the Gunners
A brace from Craig Dawson helped West Brom inflict a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Arsene Wenger admitted after the match that perhaps Arsenal were naïve in their defence of corners. Dawson headed both his goals from corners and the Baggies have now scored 14 goals from corners this season. He got his first 12 minutes into the match but the visitors equalised through Alexis Sanchez 3 minutes later, the Chilean was later substituted off in the second half with an ankle injury. Hal Robson-Kanu put the Baggies ahead again with just his second touch of the game and Dawson completed his brace and sealed the win 15 minutes from time. This was the fourth defeat in five league matches for Arsenal, while West Brom are currently in 8th and on course for their highest top-flight finish.
3 – Second-half comeback for Brentford
Burton’s six game unbeaten run came to end when visiting Brentford staged a dramatic comeback from 3-1 down to win the match 5-3. Brentford nudged ahead after 10 minutes with a goal from Sergi Canos, but their hosts fired back with a brace from Marvin Sordell and a free-kick from Cauley Woodrow to make it 3-1 to Burton at half-time. After the break Lasse Vibe and Canos scored to level the game and Brentford continued their turnaround when Vibe and Jota netted within a minute of each other to make it 5-3. The defeat for Burton leaves them 21st in the table just one point above the drop zone.
4 – Second-half comeback for Southend
League One’s Southend pulled off an equally impressive comeback after going 2-0 down to visiting Walsall in the first-half of their league clash on Saturday. Substitute and former Southend midfielder Franck Moussa came on for Walsall after 15 minutes and scored his first goal 3 minutes later. At 25 minutes he completed a brace which saw the visitors end the first-half 2-0 up. Southend left it to just after the hour mark for Nile Ranger, Anton Ferdinand and Simon Cox to bag three goals, Cox’s was a superb free-kick from the edge of the box into the top corner 7 minutes from time. The win moves Southend to 6th place and into the play-off positions.
5 – Unstoppable Stevenage
Stevenage have lost just one of their last eleven league matches, winning an impressive nine and drawing one. They made it seven successive league wins at home with a 3-0 victory over promotion hopefuls Portsmouth at the weekend. Luke Wilkinson was unlucky to have his long-range effort hit the crossbar but Jack King headed in the rebound to give the home side their first. Matthew Godden struck the second from a lobbed pass from Joel McAnuff, who scored a minute into the second-half to give Stevenage the 3-0 win. Stevenage are in 4th place and narrowed the gap to 4 points behind Portsmouth in the automatic promotion spots.