January 2nd, 2012

Weekend Results: All Present & Correct


Like all responsible pet owners, we left our snark in the office over New Year. We ensured it had adequate food, water and celebrity list programmes to see it through the night, with the TV turned up loud to avoid firework-related outbursts.

We were concerned that it might be sulking today and therefore refuse to contribute to the first results post of 2012, but you’ll be relieved to see it’s in fine form and frolicking around our captions like nothing had even happened.

If only the rest of us felt so energised. Happy New Year, Kickettes!

EPL

Arsenal 1-0 QPR


If the rumours are to be believed, we should shortly be in a position to post pictures of other Arsenal players in the process of scoring goals. What do you think of Titi’s possible loan deal, Gunner girls and boys? Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

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Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

Ooh, here’s a photo of Nicklas Bendtner not getting into trouble. We haven’t seen one of those for a while. Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

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Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa

Well, the Chelsea team’s style of play is unrecognisable of late, but this is taking it a bit far, Paulo Ferreira. Image: Ian Walton/Getty Images.

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Man Utd 2-3 Blackburn

In possibly our only successful attempt at keeping our New Year’s resolutions, we’re going to appreciate Nani’s thighs and not mention his missed chances in this particular game. Image: Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

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Stoke 2-2 Wigan

When you consider how suited Peter Crouch is to be playing at a high altitude, it’s a surprise he didn’t feature more frequently in Fabio Capello’s teams at the 2012 World Cup. Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

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INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

Tunisia 0-0 Catalonia

Good of the kit Catalonia kit designers to take into account our clawing fantasies. Andreu Fontas, fancy re-enacting this in a more private environment? Image: David Ramos/Getty Images.

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If you’re wondering why it’s only EPL results and a random international friendly, it’s because the EPL is the only league not currently on a winter break. Normal service will be resumed just as soon as those pretty Spanish, Italian, German and French boys get kitted up. And we’ll be back to our usual ramblings regarding league position, too. In case you can’t wait for that, here’s an EPL table to keep you going.

With that, please share your thoughts Kickettes. Go on, we managed it and you wouldn’t believe how hungover we are.

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21 Responses to “Weekend Results: All Present & Correct”

  1. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I also think AVB should start experiencing with for example David Luiz, I think Luiz could play perfectly in the midfield as DMF who can control the play with his passes, he is good passer to the front, also an example of how AVB is stubborn fact that he is insisting on playing Mata on the right, although Mata should be playing behind striker as 10, or even he can used Torres as 10, I thought again his off ball movement and passes is perfect for the position for second striker last game. So far, at least for me AVB doesn't understand the fully potential of his squad, needs time too, BUT is abra willing to give him that? because so far the only good thing seems going for him the fact he is in UCL.

  2. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I agree with what you said. I think Chelesa has the Mata type of players and Ramriez type of players, Ramriez might be one hard worker, but he is no skillful as Mata.
    As I meant in my first post, these two can't mix together play defensively like Chelesa used too, Mata feel out of place, play high pressure up the pitch players like Terry, Luiz, Cole..etc feel out of place unless for example AVB try the direct football style, not defensive but something similiar to what SAF is doing with United or what is RM playing with mixing of all styles ability to convert from counter attacking to posession..etc. but again I think pace required in this kind of style, with his main players getting old I don't see it happening.

  3. Agnes Wonka says:

    It was so good to see Nicky Bendtner back!

  4. mimi says:

    Please Marry me Nani <3 <3 <3 !!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Isn't this EPL schedule a bit hectic, I watched couple of games of Chelesa, United, City and Arsenal from what I saw players looked like their mind is everywhere but the games they are playing, I fully understand that, everyone is in festive mood celebrating, with family and friends, on new year eve,, attending xmas parties, you have to be in a camp to get ready for a game next day, only you in England while other professional players everywhere is having days off.
    I understand professionalism of the job, BUT all of us have work too, usually productivity goes down near holiday season or near holidays, it is something in human nature, I think FA should consider giving them days off like in other leagues, it is not like fans are not themself busy with their holiday to care much about games *I think*.

    • April says:

      For some teams especially. I was not really in favor of the 1 day off in between some of the games. Even 2 days can be rough, but 1 day in between is really dangerous in terms of injury potential, especially in cold weather. Some teams get all the luck though, and weren't subjected to such a short time between games.

  6. DebS says:

    Well done to Sunderland. They really played a good game and their defensive efforts were outstanding. Sessegnon had a really good game too.

    I understand why Mancini wanted to rest David Silva and El Kun. However, Dzeko did not have a good game at all and Adam just does not have the creativity that David Silva does. He lost the ball too many times trying to do too much himself instead of using his teammates.

    The goal was a heartbreaker. Although Ji was offside, the defending should have been a lot better so it didn't even come down to getting the offside call or not.

    Gutted. :(

  7. bri_saldana says:

    I'm in STEVIE G bliss…..MY GOD this man is class! He noticeably elevated EVERYONE'S game and his passes to Carroll were ridiculously phenomenal. Too bad that Carroll's short comings are EXTREMELY noticeable when Stevie LITERALLY PASSES THE BALL….AWAY FROM THE KEEPER….BETWEEN TWO DEFENDERS IN THE BOX….AND RIGHT AT CARROLL'S FEET….FROM 40 YARDS AWAY! ;) I'm SOOO glad he's back!

  8. Therese says:

    I watched the Arsenal game and my golly gosh, they had 129384743727 chances to score ! :( At least though, I am happy that we won the game ! :) And RVP was one goal less to beat the record! :(

    • DebS says:

      I was getting mad at his teammates for not looking to get him the ball more. Instead they took crappy shots (and missed) when RVP was in a better position AND of course the record was at stake. smh

  9. Jen says:

    Oomph it was nice to see Stevie back and in such great goal scoring form!!!!!!!

  10. Rachael says:

    Ooh nice pic of Stevie’s tender embrace soo cute. Glad to see him back and the goal was the icing on the cake hope 2012 sees himstay fit and well.

  11. FootyGirl says:

    Having Stevie G back is the best New Year gift ever!

  12. MeredithG says:

    In my post New Years daze (and the fact that I find reading absolute when there are hot footballers to stare at), I thought that was Xabi with Stevie!!! But alas, it is not. Although, since my new years resolution is to increase my sexual objectification of footballers…*cough* I mean to uncover their individual personalities and not just view them as pieces of meat *cough*… I will just go ahead and continue lying to myself.
    Is there any better way to begin a new year?? No. Didn't thing so. :)

  13. IrishBlue says:

    Yay Stevie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Choosing to focus on things other than Chelsea's depressing form is keeping me sane.

    • Miss Lampard says:

      It's a consolation saying that Fernando played a good match (oh but he entered at the end, as we have seen in the recent months)..i don't know why but I'm a bit angry with AVB and whit Roman Abramovich, he shouldn't have sacked Carlo Ancelotti because last year he accomplished the second place in Premiership, 'cause now we are out from the top four. I don't want to say it but Chelsea will not improve in the next matches, because every time that I watch them the play worse than the time before. Last match was really awful, there was actually no defence, David Luiz in the second goal for Villa for example lost his man and run to the wrong part of the pitch, only JT did something positive. There aren't ideas nor play, they move the ball to slowly and there are a lot of wrong passages..

      • IrishBlue says:

        I remember ranting on here when Ancelotti got sacked, it seemed like a bad idea that was just too harsh. At the moment I'm really missing Carlo :(

        • April says:

          Believe, girls, believe! Today's results just go to show you never know what will come out of this. And ours was with a squad suffering injuries and such. And the transfer window is open. Let's see what we do with it (beyond Cahill…)

      • DebS says:

        One thing that would help immensely is to get Mata the ball more. Instead it looks like people pass to him only as a last resort. There doesn't seem to be the synergy or trust amongst the players that is a must for a team to do well. It was frustrating to watch. It'd be easy to blame AVB but this isn't the first year that several of these guys have played together and yet they play like they have no idea what the other players are capable of or what runs to expect from them, etc.

        JT was fortunate not to get a red card for his handball on the goal line. And WHAT was Frank doing with that pass?! First it was Malouda earlier in the season and now Frank. This should NOT happen with players of their quality. I think David Luis is a good player but I don't think as central defender. He seems to lose focus during the game and his mistakes end up costing the team. Earlier in the game I was thinking how well he was playing and then it all went to hell in a handbasket. Gutted over this game. :(

        • April says:

          Agreed on the synergy between players. It is so weird to me. AVB can't really fix or change that… sometimes it can be related to formation, but when it comes down to it, those are just figures and ideas… the guys are the ones out there on the field and if they see a good position to get into, damnit, get into it! We move off the ball terribly right now, in comparison with earlier in the season. Actually, AVB had been making good strides with them early in the season on that, and it seemed that after a few bad results, the guys just let it sit in their heads and all of a sudden they forgot how to pass. It is so strange to watch. And frustrating. Even in the win yesterday, so much of the passing was poor (bar Torres… funny that). My hope is that it is just the colder weather or something and maybe they are just poor in it. Chelsea do have a disdain for the yellow ball ;)

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        AVB is very stubborn coach, he has an idea that he wants to force on players that actually can't do what he wants, they are not built for his version of "beautiful" football or Abra's, Mourinho, Carlos knew that, used players to their potential, look they won titles, it is not very entertaining as some like to say, very boring style.
        However I have been following Chelesa for while now, I yawned quite alot watching them, they won yesterday, but as a neutral they didn't entertain me, in matter of fact my fav game for Chelesa this season was against Valencia in UCL because players were playing as they are used too, to their potential.
        Instead AVB is planning to start a new team, toss everyone! Chelesa for now don't have quality of creative players to play like "barcelona" as Abra want them to do, I hope AVB has a reality check!