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But as David Silva will testify, a good arse kicking is the least one can expect from the Premier League. Odemwingie might as well get used to it.
He’s got TWO! Neither of you have two, do you?! Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.
Mario Balotelli has gone now, and while Manchester City’s current strike force struggled to find a winner against Liverpool yesterday, it’s unlikely the errant Italian’s two goals on debut for Milan will have escaped Roberto Mancini’s attention. The ruffled City boss stated he was “disappointed” with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero after the game, despite the former scoring the opener, and the latter’s audacious equaliser in the 78th minute.
Given that his team are nine points behind leaders Manchester United, who squeaked a win over a vastly improved Fulham side, he might want to think about being nicer to them. At least until he’s prepared to concede defeat in the Premier League.
Is that smarting a bit? Or has Demba just caught a glimpse of the goings on in the Gallowgate End? Image: GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images.
Demba Ba’s pretty nose, Fernando Torres’ self-confidence and a realistic challenge for the title race took serious blows during Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United, but the big news in Toon is the failure of club shop managers to order enough berets.
So desperate were the Newcastle fans to offer a proper welcome to the five French players Alan Pardew signed during the transfer window, they relieved Tyneside of it’s entire supply of stripy t-shirts, strings of onions and the aforementioned berets. Fortunately for them, Moussa Sissoko was not remotely phased by a crowd that looked more like refugees from an ‘Allo ‘Allo fan convention and scored two, simultaneously bringing an end to Newcastle’s terrible run of form and encouraging their fans to continue dressing up.
Which, on reflection, is an improvement.
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In other news, a Michael Owen strike made the headlines after Stoke’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, although when he insisted he could still “do a job” in the Premier League, we had no idea he meant as a hitman. Aston Villa snatched a draw from the jaws of victory, this time shipping two goals in the last twenty-one minutes of their game vs. Everton, big Andy Carroll scored in his first game since November to give West Ham a 1-0 win over Swansea and QPR drew 0-0 vs. Norwich, their fourth draw in as a many games.
They are bottom, thanks in part to Adel Taarabt’s penalty miss. It was tempting to concur with the Norwich fans, who gleefully pointed out afterwards, “Odemwingie would have scored that“.