What the fans say...

December 16, 2008
By Soccernet Correspondents
(Archive)

Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 0 Manchester United

Colin McCullough: An entertaining scoreless draw and a thoroughly deserved point against the champions. Spurs dominated the first half, United the second and there were plenty of chances for both sides to nick the game. The fact that Spurs held on was thanks in large part to a superb save by Gomes from a Giggs free kick towards the end. The goalkeeper was probably man of the match, but overall this was a committed and professional team performance.

Mark Payne: Perhaps our most noteworthy performer was O'Shea, perhaps it was Park, it certainly wasn't the team at large. Rooney's bite was sorely missed and the remaining front players were solid rather than spectacular. Spurs were unambitious and just wanted to counter attack, despite being at home, but their plan nearly worked. Lennon can definitely run and Bentley's long-range shooting was a menace but it was thankfully a good day at the office for Van Der Sar. We should have hurt Spurs more after they lost Woodgate but if you have 60% possession, 14 corners and 3246 shots and still don't score then you can't really complain. Credit to Gomes for his goalkeeping but it should be noted that we also fielded a ramshackle defence that played well. United looked a lot better after Giggs came on but I think we would have won if Tevez had played the full ninety.

Liverpool 2 - 2 Hull City

Kevin Brodie: Liverpool's third successive home draw was the most exciting game of the three. Hull came at Liverpool after soaking up about ten minutes of Liverpool pressure and then took the lead after some sloppy defending from Dossena. Liverpool then fell further behind when Dossena was skinned again and Carragher put it into his own net. The jury is no longer out on Dossena, he is the fifth best left back at the club. Our captain dragged us back in to the match as he was the only player capable of lifting us. With Torres in the stands and Keane on the bench we had no other match winners in the side. Once half-time came I thought the match would end 2-2 unless a chance fell to Gerrard. It never did..Kuyt, Rierra and El Zhar all had chances but never looked like scoring. Two more points dropped.

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Aston Villa 4 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

Jerrad Peters: Aston Villa finally won at home, and beat an impressive, energetic Bolton side in the process. Gabriel Agbonlahor once again excelled as the lone striker and was supported brilliantly by Ashley Young and James Milner. All three should be England call-ups in the near future. A top-four finish is suddenly becoming a very real possibility. And how about this: In 2006, Villa narrowly escaped the drop with 42 points. Two years on, they have 31 points from 17 matches and Martin O'Neill, despite being only partially serious, is talking about winning the league. Not a bad bit of perspective.

Matthew Kilsby: Oh dear: two defeats on the bounce and I'm beginning to worry again. It's not the fact that we have lost to Chelsea and Villa that is concerning (the majority of teams around us will lose to those two this season), it is that we defended so poorly in both games and had plenty of chances to get at least two points. The media might like it, but I hate the way that in this season's Premiership, two defeats means you're right back in the relegation dogfight. Is it cowardly to yearn for the safety of mid-table mediocrity?

Stoke City 0 - 0 Fulham

Sean Kesluk It is lovely to see Stoke City a few places clear of the relegation zone, but the failure to take all three points at home to a Fulham side that is arguably the worst away team in the league this season is not particuarly comforting. Neither was Stoke's inability to find the back of the net in the absence of Rory Delap's long throws; Ibrahima Sonko deputized fairly capably on the sideline after Delap realised his nagging arm injury wouldn't allow his usual abilities. We'll need to find a new attacking dimension fairly soon, either from within or the January transfer market, or the Potters might find themselves stuck in the relegation mire for the final stretch of the campaign.

Tom Wille: There is probably a saying somewhere in the football world that one point is better than no points. For Fulham that seems to be the case of late as the Cottagers drew their fourth consecutive league match. While I could give you the details of Saturday's draw, I will not as the match had little to offer from either team's perspective. While the Fulham defence has been rock solid over the last month, the lack of goals from Fulham is a cause for concern. The Cottagers must find a way to score some goals in the very near future if they want to win some of these matches that are turning into draws. The likes of Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora, Clint Dempsey and Jimmy Bullard need to find a way to get the ball into the back of the net. You cannot win if you do not score and Fulham right now are not scoring. If the attack can pick it up and match what the defence has been doing Fulham could be a very dangerous team to face in the second half of the season.

Middlesbrough 1 - 1 Arsenal

Daniel Gray: Another week and another disappointing Arsenal performance. Having survived an early onslaught from Boro, the Gunners snatched the lead courtesy of Emmanuel Adebayor but could not then kick on to seal the game. Boro equalised through Jeremie Aliadiere before the break and, in an anaemic second half, neither team appeared to have the guile or the courage to take all three points. Arsenal looked particularly weak in midfield and keeping clean sheets away from home is not something they have done often enough this term. The outcome was made all the more frustrating by the other results at the top of the table. Instead of gaining valuable ground on Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool, who all slipped up, the Gunners were leap-frogged by Aston Villa who are now pushing hard for a top four place. Arsenal's next two fixtures are Liverpool at home and Villa away and it would seem that their Premier League campaign could live or die on the results of those matches.

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Manchester City 0 - 1 Everton

Wallace Poulter: You have to laugh really because it probably isn't good for your health to react in any other way. Poor old Darius Vassell must wonder how much worse it can get for him. The symbol, through no fault of his own, of Mark Hughes' bizarre team selection and even stranger tactical decision making, the former England international comes on for an unfit Robinho and City promptly lose all three points to Tim Cahill and Everton. Sixteen days to January, repeat after me, sixteen days to January...

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Wigan Athletic 3 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

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Alan Griffiths: Oh dear, what can I say? Saturday's display at the JJB must have been one of the worst by a Rovers team in my lifetime. Yes, I've seen worse displays but not when there was so much riding on the result. Two nil down within the first 15 minutes there was no return. But worst of all so many players were off form, there was no passion and schoolboy errors were the order of the day. Whether the players have given up or whether they are confused by the tactics I don't know, however I just can't put it down to just a bad day at the office, as it is now becoming the norm. How or why a team that finished seventh last season can perform like this is beyond me. Memories of the days of Jim Iley and Brian Kidd keep flashing before my eyes. I could go on and on but I don't want to depress you any more. If there is a positive, then it must be the return of David Dunn, who showed that at least he has the passion for the battle ahead.

Chelsea 1 - 1 West Ham United

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Billy Blagg: The Hammers needed to produce something special to make up for last Monday's disasterous showing against Spurs and they delivered, almost in full, against Chelsea. Make no mistake this was no back to the walls, clear your lines and snatch a point display, the Hammers fully deserved a draw at least and could have even won had Carlton Cole held his nerve in injury time with only Cech to beat.

Sunderland 4 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

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Portsmouth 0 - 3 Newcastle United

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