Upton Park drama overshadows derby day

By Ryan Moran

  • Chelsea beaten as Jose Mourinho and assistant coach Silvino Louro sent to the stands.
  • Jamie Vardy joins elite club to score seven goals in seven consecutive matches.
  • Sunderland record 3-0 win over Newcastle while the Manchester derby ends goalless.

If events at Chelsea Football Club couldn’t get any worse, three sending offs and a 2-1 defeat piled on the misery. Tim Sherwood was also sacked as a result of Aston Villa’s loss to Swansea.

West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea

In a season so contrasting to the last for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea as a whole, the drama at Upton Park only confirmed the doom and gloom around both parties of the Blues. In midweek, Mourinho said in his pre-match interview that he would no longer give the media good and funny headlines due to an incident involving the Chelsea manager being filmed by a young boy before shoving the boy when walking past. If headlines wasn’t what he wanted, being sent to the stands along with one of his coaching staff was not the way forward.

The frustration showed on the pitch with Nemanja Matic being shown two yellow cards in the first half and being sent off for pulling Diafra Sakho down on the left touchline. This incident sent Mourinho’s assistant Silvino Louro for consistent complaining after the decision had been given. Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were booked for offering their opinion on the situation also.

Mauro Zarate had put West Ham 1-0 ahead when the Blues failed to clear a corner which fell to Zarate who hit first time at the near post beating Asmir Begovic. Kurt Zouma came close to pulling the away side level when the Frenchman headed toward goal from a corner only for Manuel Lanzini to clear off the line with the ball a matter of millimetres from crossing the line. Fabregas had pulled Chelsea level when the midfielder was judged marginally offside to disallow the effort into the far corner.

At half time, Mourinho was called into referee Jon Moss’ room, reappearing in the stands and not on the touchline. The conclusion also carries on as to whether it is harder to play against ten men as the ten men of Chelsea drew level through Gary Cahill when the Hammers failed to clear a corner, dropping to Cahill on the half volley, smashing home to give his side a lifeline.

Andy Carroll came on as a second half substitute to put pressure on Cahill and John Terry and was rewarded with a goal. A Dimitri Payet cross was met by the striker, marked by Cesar Azpilicueta, who rose above his marker to gift the home side three points and sink Chelsea further down the table.

To add to the drama, Mourinho did not show up for his media duties after the game, Cahill the only Chelsea representative to speak to reporters saying:

“We’ve not had the rub of the green, but we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to work hard to turn this round.” Speaking to the BBC after the game.

Last season’s champions sit five points above the relegation zone and nine points away from the Champions League places. West Ham currently sit third, two points off of first place Manchester City.

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United

Another Wear-Tyne derby complete, another Sunderland win and another red card to add to another hotly contested derby at the Stadium of Light. In a first half dominated by Newcastle, a penalty for Sunderland and a red card for Fabricio Coloccini was the turning point for the Black Cats to claim three points. Goals for Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher completed the downward spiral from the penalty call.

The Magpies put the Black Cats under pressure and did everything but put the ball past Costel Pantilimon with 12 shots at the opposing goal, Aleksandar Mitrovic having the best chance only to be denied by the goalkeeper. One minute into first half stoppage time provided he turning point for the home side when Coloccini appeared to push Fletcher in the box, denying the striker a goal scoring opportunity. Fletcher was denied the ability to control the through ball by Coloccini and as a result, the Argentine saw red. The resulting penalty was taken by Johnson, taking Sam Allardyce’s side into the lead just before half time.

This was the turning point in the game for the home side as they doubled their lead through Jones’ effort from close range past Rob Elliot 20 minutes into the second half. Four minutes from time, Fletcher only added to the Tynesider’s misery with a volley to put the game out of sight and taking the bragging rights yet again.

The win moves Sunderland up to third from bottom, from bottom ahead of both Newcastle and Aston Villa. Both clubs remain two points from safety and two points ahead of manager less Villa.

Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

Two points still separated the two sides as one derby couldn’t live up to the drama the other derby provided. In a game where few chances were created, not many hit the target. The last 10 minutes providing the action worth watching as Jesus Navas was the first player to find the target, the Spaniard’s tame effort caught by David De Gea.

Jesse Lingard troubled Joe Hart moments later, striking the cross bar before Hart was called into action as Chris Smalling’s shot at the near post required a save.

The point moved Manchester City back above Arsenal on goal difference while Manchester United moved down to fourth, with West Ham United moving up to third, both sides two points off of Arsenal and City.

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

After turning their fortunes around in Europe, Arsenal returned to league action to carry on the form that has kept the Gunners two points off of top spot. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny beat an Everton side whose consolation goal was a deflected Ross Barkley strike.

The home side’s aerial threat achieved both goals with Tim Howard at fault being caught in no man’s land for Giroud’s goal. Mesut Ozil’s cross saw the American goalkeeper try to attack the threat before stopping leaving the French striker the pick of the goal, straight over Howard for 1-0. The Gunners doubled their lead two minutes later when the Toffees kick off was played back to the defence who failed to pass the ball out of danger as Alexis Sanchez was brought down by Seamus Coleman on the right side of the box. Santi Cazorla’s cross was met was Koscielny jumping the highest and the defender’s head beating the goalkeeper’s fist to the ball.

One minute before half time Barkley pulled one back for the away side as the midfielder tried his luck from the edge of the box, only for his effort to be deflected in towards the front post by Gabriel Paulista. In the second half it seemed the away side were likely to take at least a point from the game, Gerard Deulofeu was denied by Petr Cech and Romelu Lukaku by the bar from a header.

To add to Roberto Martinez’s frustration, Gareth Barry will miss Everton’s next game through suspension as two yellow cards ended his afternoon in second half stoppage time. The second yellow card was for a foul on Kieran Gibbs with the midfielder already walking before being given his marching orders. The result moved Arsene Wenger’s side top if only for a day as a point for Manchester City kept them top on goal difference. Everton dropped to 11th as a result of losing at the Emirates.

Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace

Ian Wright, Ruud Van Nistelrooy , Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Jamie Vardy. The Leicester striker joins an elite group to have scored in seven consecutive Premier League games having scored the only goal in the Foxes 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The striker’s rise to glory is something of a fairy tale story having played non-league football as recently as 2012 to Premier League football in 2014 starting off a Stocksbridge Park Steel, moving to Halifax Town, Fleetwood Town and then Leicester City and making his international debut in June of this year against the Republic of Ireland.

A clean sheet was targeted for this game by Claudio Ranieri stating the Italian would buy pizza and hot dogs for the squad if they achieved this. Brede Hangeland gifted Riyad Mahrez the ball making an error with a pass, the Algerian played a through ball to Vardy who made no mistake, chipping the ball over Wayne Hennessey before firing high into the open net.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Crystal Palace who were limited to few chance, Scott Dann’s header coming the closest. Wilfried Zaha was booked for diving under the challenge of Christian Fuchs, who was later involved in a suspected handball that was turned away by the referee. The Foxes opened up a four point gap over Palace and West Brom with the win, retaining fifth place with Spurs two points behind on 17 points.

Southampton 1-1 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s second Premier League game ended as a stalemate with the game sparking into life thanks to a 77th minute opener from Christian Benteke with a header. James Milner’s cross was met by the Belgian whose header found the top corner, met with celebration by his manager.

Liverpool’s lead lasted all of nine minutes as Sadio Mane pulled the Saints level with a header at the far post from a Gaston Ramirez assist. Mane’s good work was undone moments later, receiving a second bookable offence, tripping Alberto Moreno.

Klopp has taken two points from his first two games, Benteke came back into the side having missed the Tottenham game through injury. Both sides move up the table, Southampton at eighth and Liverpool one place behind on goal difference.

 

AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur

A perfect start for AFC Bournemouth was quickly undone by a Tottenham onslaught including a Harry Kane hat-trick and goals for Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela. Matt Ritchie had opened the scoring a minute into the game. Spurs were given a lifeline when Kane was brought down nine minutes into the game by Artur Boruc, the striker converting the penalty himself.

With under a minute on the clock, left back Charlie Daniels crossed towards the front post area where the defender found Ritchie to fire home past Hugo Lloris. Eight minutes later, the Cherries’ goalkeeper gave the away side a way back in, bringing down Kane who made no mistake from the penalty spot, sending Boruc one way and the ball the other.

The away side made up from a poor start to gain control in the game when the home side didn’t clear a free kick, allowing Dembele time to pick his spot and convert to give his side the lead. 12 minutes later, 2-1 became 3-1 when Kane’s cross was put on a plate for Lamela by Boruc, palming the ball out to the midfielder as another keeping error gifts Tottenham a goal from close range.

With a two goal deficit to make up in the second half, it was Bournemouth who needed a goal and use the striking partnership of Joshua King and Glenn Murray who were isolated in the first half. However it was Mauricio Pochettino’s side who extended their lead when Christian Eriksen crossed for Kane, who made no mistake from inside the box to extend the deficit to three goals and a second for striker Kane. The next goal for Tottenham confirmed Kane’s hat trick with another keeping mistake by Boruc to gift Kane his third goal of the game. A Toby Aldeweireld header was too powerful to hold for the Polish international and the England international was there to stab home the rebound.

Eriksen nearly made it six but could only find the post, curling a shot from 30 yards to trouble the Bournemouth keeper, far from his best. 5-1 was how the game finished and for the second game in a row, the Cherries conceded five goals with only one scored.

The result leaves the home side two points from safety with Newcastle and Sunderland one win away from moving above Eddie Howe’s side. Pochettino’s side moved up from seventh to sixth taking over Crystal Palace as a result of their loss to Leicester City.

 

In the weekend’s other fixtures:

Sherwood became the second manager to depart the Premier League after succumbing to a 2-1 loss to Swansea City. Both Ayew brothers featured on the scoresheet, Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa opening the scoring with a header before his goal was cancelled out by a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick. Andre Ayew secured the victory with a close range finish. Salomon Rondon’s header was enough to see West Bromwich Albion past Norwich City. Troy Deeney got his first goal in the Premier League from the edge of the box, curling into the far corner. Almen Abdi’s goal gave the away side a two goal cushion to finish the game with three points.

Aston Villa 1-2 Swansea City

Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Stoke City 0-2 Watford

 

Chelsea host Liverpool in the lunchtime kick off at Stamford Bridge on 31st October.

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