Ledley's Talking Points: Ending Droughts, Tight Tables and One-Sided Finals
7 Talking Points
Arsenal were swatted aside by Man City as Pep Guardiola got his hands on his first piece of silverware at the club. City were good, but they certainly weren’t at their spectacular best. By the full-time whistle, Claudio Bravo had created as many chances as every single Arsenal player combined - one - which says more about Arsenal's performance than Claudio's. "Ramsey. Xhaka. Ozil. You're walking on a football pitch at Wembley. You're a disgrace. An absolute disgrace,” said Gary Neville in his post-match analysis.
Lukaku grabbed his first goal of the season against ‘the big six’ to help United to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Sunday. Lingard was the super sub that netted the winner for United, but Lukaku will be thrilled to have ended his drought. The Belgian has 22 goals this season, but this was just his second goal against any side in the top 10. “I don’t measure the players’ performances the same way you do,” said Mourinho when pressed about the stat.
Brighton eased their relegation worries with an emphatic 4-1 victory of Swansea on Saturday. Glenn Murray scored twice to help the Seagulls move up to 12th, but it couldn't be tighter at the 'bottom' of the Premier League. Just 10 points separate Burnley in 7th with the relegation places, and there’s still everything to play for with 10 games to go.
West Brom suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns, as Huddersfield picked up back-to-back victories on Saturday afternoon. After suffering four defeats on the bounce, West Brom’s season and Pardew's future look increasingly perilous. Baggies fans chanted 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' as they have witnessed just a single win since August.
Fulham delivered Wolves’ fifth defeat of the season with an impressive 2-0 victory over the Championship leaders. It was Wolves’ third consecutive game without a win and their runaway lead has now been reduced to six points with chasing Cardiff winning four on the bounce. Spurs target, 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon opened the scoring with his 13th goal of the season.
Aston Villa came from behind twice to beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Hillsborough with two late strikes from Conor Hourihane and Robert Snodgrass. It was a valuable three points for Steve Bruce’s side who stay in third place, just four points behind Cardiff in the automatic promotion spots.
Wigan followed their 1-0 win over Man City in the FA Cup with another 1-0 victory over fellow cup heroes Rochdale. Just three points separate the top three in League One now, with Wigan chasing Shrewsbury and table toppers Blackburn. The Latics do have three games in hand over both of their rivals, though, and remain favourites to win the league.
The Legends scored 70 points this week but finished outside of the top 30 in the weekly team competition. Ledley could only muster 10 points, while Shaun Wright-Phillips bagged 16 and both Robbie Keane and Titus Bramble managed 15.
Top 6 selected wins
Spurs (won 1-0)
Liverpool (won 4-1)
St Mirren (won 1-0)
Wigan (won 1-0)
Rangers (won 2-0)
Top 6 selected draws
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle Utd
Brighton 4-1 Swansea
Burnley 1-1 Southampton
Fulham 2-0 Wolves
Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea
Watford 1-0 Everton
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