Ledley's Talking Points: Derby Days, Adversaries and Morale-Boosters
7 Talking Points
Spurs were the winners in this weekend’s North London derby thanks to Harry Kane’s header four minutes after the break. It should have been a more resounding scoreline though, with Petr Cech keeping the Gunners in it with a defiant performance. Spurs will need to be a lot more clinical in-front of goal in their upcoming Champions League tie against Juventus, who have not yet conceded a goal in 2018.
Rafa Benitez has now beaten Mourinho six times, more than any other manager except Pep Guardiola (9) after Newcastle’s shock 1-0 win over the Red Devils. The gap between United and City is now 16 points, and City could have the chance to secure the title at Old Trafford when they face in April.
Swansea moved further away from the relegation zone after a late strike from Ki Sung-Yueng gave them the edge over Burnley on Saturday. The Clarets are now 10 games without a win in the league, while the Swans are enjoying a nine-game unbeaten streak in all comps.
Huddersfield earned a much-needed morale-booster with a 4-1 win over Bournemouth in Sunday’s early kick-off. The Terriers started the game in the relegation zone for the first time this season after five straight defeats in the Premier League. “We said before the game that this is massive for us and that after losing at Old Trafford we had the difficult fixtures behind us,” said David Wagner.
Sheffield United defeated Leeds in the Yorkshire derby, with Billy Sharp netting his 200th career goal with a brace. Sharp opened the scoring after just two minutes with a superb volley, and slotted home a penalty in the second half to regain the lead after Lasogga’s equaliser. It was a losing start for United’s new manager Paul Heckingbottom, with Leeds now eight games without a win.
Chris Powell won his third successive game since taking over as manager of Southend, this time brushing aside League One leaders Wigan with a 3-1 victory at Roots Hall. Powell is the first Shrimpers manager to win his first three games in charge of the club.
Notts County dropped out of the automatic promotion places after a 1-0 defeat to bottom of table Barnet. The result came just 4 days after their confidence shattering 8-1 defeat to Swansea in the FA Cup. It took a 93rd minute winner from Alex Nicholls to secure Barnet’s first win of 2018.
The Legends scored a solid 78 points this weekend, finishing in 28th place in the weekly team competition. Shaun Wright-Phillips netted 19 points while Ledley, Robbie Keane and Paul Robinson all got 15. The Legends are now 19th overall for the season in the team table.
Top 6 Picked Wins
Man City (won 5-1)
Wolves (won 2-1)
Man Utd (lost 0-1)
Liverpool (won 2-0)
Bristol C (3-3)
Top 6 Picked Draws
Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1-0 Burnley
Huddersfield 4-1 Bournemouth
Stoke 1-1 Brighton
Scunthorpe 1-2 Rotherham
Swindon 1-0 Mansfield
Man City (5-1)
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