Its an international break so one of those infuriatingly boring weeks. At least Roy Hodgson's ineptitude has made it more interesting as he apparently revealed some of his team selection on a tube train. I wonder if it was one to one or whether he used the tannoy system. The press have proven once again that they believe they have the right to determine what makes a news story. John Terry announced his retirement from international football some time ago. So they asked Hodgson if he would have picked Terry if he had been available. Ridiculous. Hodgson quite rightly dismissed the question, I mean what next? Would you pick Ronaldo if he wasn't Portuguese? Would you pick Tiger Woods if he was a footballer instead of a golfer?
We got a much needed win at Newcastle, especially going into an international break, but I'm not sure I like the idea of playing without wingers. The ball went astray on more than one occasion when it was obvious the midfield were expecting a man out wide. Still, its a results business and you cant complain about 3-0 at St James Park (sorry Ashley, thats what it will always be called).
Chelsea 4 Norwich 1
Routine for Chelsea - problems mounting for Norwich.
Swansea 2 Reading 2
Swansea were struggling until they mounted a stirring comeback, and maybe thats just what they need to restart their season. Reading still stuck at the wrong end of the league.
West Brom 3 QPR 2
QPR played well in defeat but they will have to start winning soon. Dont think they will get detached as there are plenty of poor teams in the league. West Brom still performing well and should be safe earlier than most.
Wigan 2 Everton 2
The Wigan performance will have pleased Martinez despite being ahead for most of the game. Everton will be disappointed but remain close to the top.
Man City 3 Sunderland 0
A routine win for City after much recent criticism. Worrying defeat for Sunderland and Martin O'Neill could have expected a bit more fight.
West Ham 1 Arsenal 3
The Gunners moving into ominous form whilst West Ham look to be heading to lower mid table.
Newcastle 0 Man United 3
As soon as the first went in it looked to be all over, then Pardew made a tactical switch and we were under pressure. Cleverley's cross/shot/goal brought a great deal of relief, as if the Magpies had got one back we would have been twitching at the back. Another issue with playing without wingers is that if one fullback is up and the other stays back it is very difficult to switch the play quickly. Very much a work in progress.
Liverpool 0 Stoke 0
The Scousers continue to struggle and we continue to enjoy it.
Tottenham 2 Aston Villa 0
Spurs starting to hit top form, though I still think they will end up behind five or six teams at the end of the season. It will take a while for Villa to gain consistency but I am confident that they will.
Southampton 2 Fulham 2
Fulham will be happier with this point than Southampton after the Saints took the lead. Southampton will probably go down, Fulham will manage mid table.
Really enjoyed El Classico. Ronaldo 2 Messi 2, the rest nowhere!