That Was The Weekend That Was

A mixed weekend, altogether, I guess. Manchester United have scored ten in four matches, but one would hope that they will have stiffer challenges to come than those that they’ve faced so far, whilst Chelsea were poor on Sunday, but were fortunate to be playing a Blackburn team on the crest of a slump. There are also bad signs ahead for Spurs, whose performance against Everton indicated trouble ahead at White Hart Lane. This, of course, is to take nothing away from Everton, who were surprisingly excellent again. Liverpool, meanwhile, continue to labour – this time to a 2-1 against an unfortunate West Ham side at Anfield. It seems more than a little odd to be typing this, but the form teams of the start of this season are… Aston Villa and Portsmouth. Villa were excellent in beating Newcastle on Sunday in front of Randy Lerner, though I suspect that their start to the season has had more to do with The Martin O’Neill Effect than anything else. Newcastle were poor again. It’s somewhat agonising to watch Glenn Roeder on the touchline. Given that he had a brain haemmorhage just a couple of years ago, is Newcastle really the best place for him to work right now? Meanwhile, Portsmouth pulled off the most surprising result of the season so far in winning 4-0 at Middlesbrough. Remember what I said...

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