Friday, February 11, 2022

Match Week 24 Results: Manchester United Tumbles to Sixth With Burnley Draw; Hammers Crash Top Four; Wolves Fall To Sloppy Gunners; Saints Nick Spurs; Rude Return for Lampard as Magpies Fly to Safety; Wild Ride for Villa and Leeds; Zaha Plays Hero and Goat for Palace

Manchester United dropped points to cellar dwelling Burnley to crash out of the top four. Underperforming captain Harry Maguire was guilty of both a foul which disallowed a goal by teammate Raphael Varane and of being victimized in the buildup to the equalizing goal by Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez in a 1-1 draw. Rodriguez’s first goal in 50 matches was assisted by new Burnley striker Wout Weghorst who impressed in his second appearance for the Clarets.

Paul Pogba scored his first goal of the season at the 18-minute mark for Manchester United, but the Red Devils failed to add to their tally despite taking 22 shots for the match.

West Ham moved past Manchester United into the top four with a 1-0 victory over woeful Watford. Jarrod Bowen delivered the second half winner for the Hammers who held the Hornets to a single shot on target.

Wolverhampton’s six match unbeaten run ended in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Arsenal made a first half goal by defender Gabriel Magalhaes stand up despite being reduced to 10 men on an unusual feat by the Gunners’ Gabriel Martinelli who acquired two yellow cards on the same run of play. Martinelli first interfered with a throw in before racing down the pitch to mug a streaking Wolverhampton attacker. Wolves were unable to claw back despite the extra man for the final twenty minutes as the league’s third worst attack disappointed the home fans. Arsenal, meanwhile, has four red cards versus only two goals in six 2022 matches.

Southampton scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation in a 3-2 come from behind victory over Tottenham Hotspur. James Ward-Prowse crosses led to both late goals for the Saints as Southampton moved to tenth in the table after three victories and two draws in their last six matches. Tottenham Hotspur remains seventh in the table after a second consecutive loss.

Newcastle ruined Frank Lampard’s league debut as Everton manager when the Magpies dominated the Toffees in 3-1 home victory. The win moved the Magpies out of the relegation places for the first time since opening weekend.

Aston Villa and Leeds played to a 3-3 final in a shootout at Villa Park. Philippe Coutinho continued his successful return to the Premier league with a goal and two assists for Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey benefitted from both of Coutinho’s assists to score a first half brace. Leeds had opened scoring only to fall behind 3-1 before Daniel James’ second goal of the match closed the deficit to one in first half stoppage time. Leeds completed the comeback on Diego Llorente’s second half goal.

Crystal Palace Manager Patrick Vieira had prophetically commented on Wilfred Zaha’s need to be more consistent in the days leading up to the Eagles’ 1-1 draw with Norwich. Zaha’s inconsistency was on full display in that contest as the Ivory Coast international scored a wonder goal to tie the match only to flub a penalty kick which would have provided a winner just moments later. Norwich extended its unbeaten run across all competitions to four matches.

At the top of the table, Manchester City and Liverpool won by identical 2-0 margins over Brentford and Leicester, respectively. Kevin De Bruyne scored his seventh goal of the season, tying him with three others as his team’s top league scorer this season. Diego Jota scored a brace in Liverpool’s win. Jota now has 12 goals this season, second in the league to teammate Mohamed Salah’s 16 tallies.  

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