Ledley's Talking Points: Underdogs, Underachievers and Eight Goal Thrillers
7 Talking Points
Huddersfield provided the surprise of the weekend with their 2-1 win over Man United at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Terriers became the first team to score two goals against United in the first half of a Premier League game in over a year, and hung on despite a tense finish after Rashford’s 78th minute goal. ‘The team that deserved to win won – simple,’ admitted Mourinho.
Spurs took all three points at Wembley in-front of a PL record crowd to go level on points with Man United. The emphatic 4-1 victory over Liverpool topped off a great week for the Lilywhites, which also saw Harry Kane grab his third goal of the week after the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli also got in on the goalscoring action .
Ronald Koeman has been sacked after Everton’s home defeat to Arsenal. Boos rang around Goodison Park as the scoreboard read 2-5, with Toffees sitting in the relegation zone with 8 points from their opening 9 games. It’s a huge underachievement for a squad of such quality, and patience had clearly run out.
Norwich City were the victors in the East Anglian derby on Sunday. It was the ninth game without defeat against Ipswich for the Canaries, which had the added bonus of levelling the all-time win tally in the fixture to 40 each. Ipswich have scored fewer goals against their local rivals in the last 10 years than Luis Suarez managed in three and a half seasons.
Sheffield United continued their fine form with a win over Reading – their 12th at Bramall Lane in 13 games. The Blades are now 3rd in the Championship, behind Cardiff only on goal difference. Next up is a real test as they travel across Yorkshire to face Leeds on Friday night. A win would see them go top, temporarily at least.
Wolves ended Preston’s 9 game unbeaten run to stay top of the Championship pile with a 3-2 win at Molineux. "I know it sounds like sour grapes, but I am fed up getting bad decisions against us at times," said Preston boss Alex Neil. His side had conceded a penalty and in Neil’s eyes, the keeper was impeded during Wolves’ third goal.
MK Dons salvaged a draw against Oldham in an eight-goal thriller at Stadium MK after Ed Upson's last-minute leveler. Oldham were 4-2 up after 63 minutes but Nesbitt slotted home for MK 10 minutes from time before a mix-up in the Latics' defence allowed Upson the space to snatch an unlikely point in the final minutes.
The Legends scored 71 points this week placing them in 20th spot in the weekly table. They are 5th overall for the season!
Top 6 selected wins
Man Utd (lost 1-2)
Man City (won 3-0)
Derby (won 2-0)
Newcastle (won 1-0)
Notts Forest (won 2-0)
Sheff Utd (won 2-1)
Top 6 Selected Draws
Everton 2-5 Arsenal
Ipswich 0-1 Norwich
Southampton 1-0 West Brom
Spurs 4-1 Liverpool
Bolton 1-1 QPR
Millwall 2-0 Birmingham
Arbroath 7-1 (2 points)
Ayr 5-0 (1 point)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 13. Good luck!