Ledley's Talking Points: The Late Show, a Rare Comeback and an Injection of Hope
Arsenal have beaten Burnley with an injury time winner for the third time in a row, after Alexis Sanchez converted his penalty in the 92nd minute. Burnley have been this season’s surprise package and Arsene Wenger will be a very happy man after taking all three points from a side that has taken points from Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs this season.
Man City won a club record 11th straight game at the John Smith’s stadium despite going 1-0 down just before half-time. Amazingly, it was the first time since April 1995 that City have won a Premier League away match when they have been trailing at half-time. Goals from Aguero and Sterling saw Pep’s side go eight points clear at the summit of the Premier League.
Crystal Palace won for just the second time this season after Mamadou Sakho scrambled in a last-minute winner at Selhurst Park. The Eagles are still rock bottom in the Premier League but the victory means they are now just three points adrift from safety. “If we do survive people might say this was a turning point,” said Roy Hodgson.
Watford handed Newcastle their fourth successive league defeat, burying three goals past Rob Elliot at St James’ Park. “We’re a team that has to work very, very hard to get good results. It’s tough,” said Rafa Benitez, who will be hoping to make some investments in the January transfer window, with Amanda Staveley’s £300m takeover bid still on-going.
Sunderland finally won a game of football! After 16 games without a victory the Black Cats returned from their visit to Burton with all three points after a 2-0 win against the Brewers. Goals from James Vaughan and George Honeyman injected some hope into the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland moving off the bottom of the table into 21st.
Wolves thumped Bolton 5-1 at the Molineux on Saturday to go seven points clear at the top of the Championship. The result sent Bolton to the bottom of the table, and made Wolves look like a team destined to earn promotion to the Premier League. Ivan Cavaleiro scored a brace while Léo Bonatini, Diogo Jota and Willy Boly were also in on the goal scoring action.
Hull City are now just four points clear of the drop zone after throwing away a 2-0 lead to Bristol City. Leonid Slutsky admitted it would “be normal” to lose his job in his current circumstances, with Hull now winless in six games. Goals from Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and Josh Thornhill in the final 25 minutes sealed a comeback for Bristol City.
You can now make your selections for matchweek 18. Good luck!