In the last couple of days we have seen some players/teams fall from the mantle of widely hailed heroes and come crashing back to earth. They are –
1) Carlton Cole – in the previous game against Tottenham Hotspur, he scored the opening goal, while surrounded by three opposing players. It was from about 25 yards, and was struck with such venom, that Carlo Cudicini had no time to react. It was a scorcher of a goal and the best in that game week.
Later in the game the joy of the centre forward soon turned to agony with an inexplicable mistake to gift Tottenham an equaliser. There was no pressure on Cole when he received the ball just inside his own half, but for some reason he decided to pass it back towards his own?? box. It couldn’t have been more perfectly put into the path of Jermaine Defoe if it had been from one of his own team-mates. He then duly lashed the ball past Robert Green into the back of the net. Cole was devastated, West Ham where shell-shocked and from that point on Tottenham took charge, and scored off another mistake to win the game.
2) Liverpool – after thrashing premiership powerhouse – Stoke 4-0 last week, everyone thought it would be business as usual at Anfield, when they took on Aston Villa on Monday night. It wasn’t to be and although Torres scored, they where quite clearly outplayed, by a fast attacking Villa, who eventually knocked three goals past Pepe Reina. Fantasy football managers who had Gerard as their captain where horrified when they learned his points total for the game was a total of 2. It seems the loss of Xabi Alonso has impacted Liverpool’s start to the season, whether Rafa admits it or not!
3) Everton – not a good game week for the teams on Merseyside. After being humbled at home to Arsenal in game week one, the Toffees looked to score their first points this year in the EPL playing Burnley away. Yet again it wasn’t to be, as they lost by a solitary goal. Only thing is this time David Moyes couldn’t blame their ‘want away’, defender – Joleon Lescott, as he wasn’t even playing!
4) Fantasy Premiership Managers who had Fabregas as their captain last week – being the most transferred player in game weeks one and two, having only played one stunning game, you would have thought he would be a safe bet as captain for your fantasy football team. But having picked up a hamstring injury midweek, against Celtic, Arsene Wenger decided to rest him at half time. This was to the horror of all managers with him on their team expecting a big point’s bonanza. It really is a cruel game sometimes!