02 April 2005

Premiership Day in Review

Cisko did a good job in his last post of highlighting the matches to keep an eye on this weekend. I've spent the day putting together a bunch of IKEA furniture for my son's new "big boy" room. He's very excited about his new bed, as would I be if I were him.

I did manage to watch Southampton v. Chelsea during E's naptime, and I have to say, there appears to be no stopping the big blue machine in their inexorable march to the Premiership title. On a day when Chelsea's thoughts were obviously on the their mid-week meeting with Bayern Munich in the Champions' League and Southampton are struggling for their very survival in the Premiership, Chelsea nevertheless swept aside the Saints in St. Mary's without hardly batting an eye. Chelsea's third goal was a thing of beauty as seven players touched the ball, none more than twice, in the build-up for Gudjohnsen to slot home his second of the match. The only question left in Chelsea's historic season is to see just how far they'll go in the Champions' League.

The other results that jump out at me from today's matches are these:

Manchester United 0 - 0 Blackburn
Blackburn continue to scratch and claw their way to another season in the Prem. They're not safe yet, but they're very close.

Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Middlesbrough
Palace drop crucial points at home against an inconsistent Middlesbrough. The scrappy London side still have a lot of work to do to avoid the drop. And with the difficult run-in that faces them, they need every single point possible.

Newcastle 0 - 3 Aston Villa
I'm not sure what to say about the implosion that occurred at St. James' Park today. For two teammates to come to blows in a game is sure sign of dressing room tension. For all the disappointment of Newcastle's season, they're still alive in the FA Cup, though the certain bans for Bowyer and Dyer will only hinder their cause. I can't see Dyer at Newcastle next season. He's been a source of friction for some time now and his actions today will surely see him cast out just as was Craig Bellamy.

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