A full book of fixtures took place up and down England & Wales as match week 10 of Barclays Premier League 2014/15 completed over the weekend of Saturday 1, Sunday 2 and Monday 3 November 2014.
The match most fans were looking forward to was the big Manchester Derby clash between Man City and Man Utd, which took place at Sunday lunchtime. The sky blues came into the match in a form dip in all competitions, while the Red Devils had still yet to get really firing under new manager Louis van Gaal. It was to be City who would collect the three points from this home fixture at the Etihad, after prolific striker, Sergio Aguero, broke the deadlock with a well taken strike just after the hour mark.
Despite Smalling being dismissed in the first half for United, following two bookable fouls, the match was closer than the one man advantage and last season’s league position might indicate. But it was only after falling a goal behind in the second half that United really looked like a threat going forwards, with Joe Hart in the City goal having to be sharp to save from van Persie and Di Maria late in the match, to confirm all three points for the hosts.
City needed all three points to maintain their title challenge as a workmanlike Chelsea had seen off Harry Redknapp’s QPR on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 home victory. It took a late Edin Hazard penalty – which the same player won through cute play drawing a foul on the edge of the box from QPR’s Eduardo Vargas. Hazard’s spot kick was cool and calm, and taken as the player looked the other way, waiting for Rob Green – who had been magnificent in the QPR goal – to make his move before coolly slotting the ball into the opposite bottom right corner of the net. Hazard has yet to miss a penalty from 8 attempts in the Premier League.
Hazard’s goal was needed after Chelsea’s opener, a terrific outside of the left boot hit from Oscar, which cam from a sublime through-ball from Cesc Fabregas on 32 minutes, was equalised by an almost as impressive flick from QPR’s in-form Charlie Austin (62′). Austin had chested a long ball to a team-mate before heading into the area for the resulting cross, before the ball was punched clear by Courtois. Leroy Fer volleyed back goalwards, and Austin was Jonny-on-the-spot to flick the ball into the opposite corner and fool everyone to make it 1-1.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho said the performance was a little disappointing and also had some criticism for a quiet home support.
Earlier on Saturday, Newcastle moved up into 11th spot in the table after a well won 1-0 home victory over out of sorts Liverpool. Ayoze Perez (73) scored for the second week running for the Magpies as the pressure on Alan Pardew was all but forgotten at St James’ Park.
High flying West Ham had to come from two goals behind to salvage a point away at Stoke City after Moses (33′) and Diouff (56′) put the hosts on track to what looked sure to be a much needed victory. A wonderful cross from Stewart Downing led to an almost immediate reply from the visitors on the hour mark, as Valencia (60′) headed home his right footed cross. The same player, Downing (73′) smashed home – again with his weaker right foot – to take a point back from their visit north, in what was a relatively even and entertaining match.
West Ham’s slip was to Arsenal’s benefit, after the Gunners produced three late goals at home to Burnley. Goals from Sanchez (70′, 90′) and Chambers (72′) were enough to give Arsenal three points which push them into the Champions League places. Arsenal end the weekend in fourth in the table.
Southampton continued their excellent run of results to end the weekend in second place, after a good 1-0 win away at Hull City. Victor Wanyama (3′) caught the home team napping with a sublime chip from 40 yards to score the game’s only goal and collect all three points. The Saints, with a well organised defence, and more than one key to unlocking goals of their own, are looking increasingly likely to finish high in the table this term.
Everton are ninth in the table after the weekend, following a point from a 0-0 bore draw at home to Swansea City, one place ahead of West Brom who collected all three points away at Leicester from a 1-0 win. The Baggies got their victory courtesy of a Cambiasso (og 47′) own goal.
In Sunday’s late fixture, Tottenham showed no little resolve to overcome a one goal deficit and win 2-1 away at Aston Villa in a final few minutes visiting fans will remember for some time. After Weimann (16′) got the hosts off to a fine start with Villa’s first goal for many minutes, Spurs left it late to reply twice and collect the three points with goals from Chadli (84′) and an injury time winner from in-form Harry Kane (90′), who struck with a deflected free-kick.
In the final match of the weekend, struggling Sunderland picked up a result away at fellow relegation contenders, Crystal Palace, thanks to a 3-1 win. The match looked to be heading for a score draw after a Steven Fletcher (30′) strike was cancelled out by yet another Sunderland own goal, from Wes Brown (og 55′), only for two well taken late goals to provide some reprieve for Gus Poyet’s Black Cats. Jordi Gomez (79′) and a second for Steven Fletcher (90′) in the dying moments as Palace chased a point were enough to win this match. If Poyet’s men can stop hitting self destruct, they look good enough for mid table this term.
Barclays Premier League 2014/15 Results, Monday 3 November 2014
- Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland
Barclays Premier League 2014/15 Results, Sunday 2 November 2014
- Man City 1-0 Man Utd
- Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham
Barclays Premier League 2014/15 Results, Saturday 1 November 2014
- Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool
- Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
- Chelsea 2-1 QPR
- Everton 0-0 Swansea
- Hull 0-1 Southampton
- Leicester 0-1 West Brom
- Stoke 2-2 West Ham
Barclays Premier League 2014/15 – Table After Match Week 10