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West ham crushed Fulham 3-0,Swansea/Tottenham /Wigan managed a lazy draw against the visitors Sunderland/Norwich/Stoke City.Manchester City managed three easy points against Queens Park Rangers at Etihad.

West ham 3-0 Fulham

Andy Carroll making debut for West ham against Fulham on Saturday.

Liverpool striker on loan Andy Carroll made an impressive debut for West ham as he set up two goals in a cruising victory against woeful Fulham.Carroll started with a header which let Ricardo to  tee up Kevin Nolan to score the first in 53 seconds,the fastest of the season.Later Winston Reid powered in a free header from a corner to make it 2-0. Matthew Taylor put hammers 3-0 up in 41st minute .The Cottagers made attempts to break the deadlock as Jaaskelainen made eight saves in the match.

 

Swansea 2-2 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher scored a brace on debut for Sunderland against Swansea.

Swansea’s 100 % start to the season came to a halt as Steven Fletcher’s first goals for Sunderland managed a 2-2 draw at Liberty Stadium.The visitors were denied victory just because of the midfielder Michu who scored his fourth goal in just three matches.Before this hosts got one back with a superfine finish by Routledge in 45th minute.This dramatic draw was marred by a serious ankle injury to Neil Taylor.

Tottenham 1-1 Norwich

Moussa Dembele on debut scoring for Spurs against Norwich .

With just two points from three matches ,this is not the start Spurs supporters were hoping for.Spurs started the scoring with the man on debut Moussa Dembele scored a pretty goal in 68th minute . But the Lilywhites and their manager Andre Villas-Boas will have to wait for their first win this season after Robert Snodgrass equalised late in the 85th minute for Norwich.

West Brom 2-0 Everton

Gareth McAuley celebrating after scoring second goal against Everton at Hawthorns.

West Brom continued their good run in the league with an impressive 2-0 win over Everton at The Hawthorns.This was their third result after a home win over Liverpool on opening day and then drawing with Tottenham on the road. Shane Long scored the first goal of the match in 63rd minute.Second goal came from Brunt’s corner in the 82nd minute who found the head of defender Gareth McAuley who sent the ball into the back of the net.The Baggies are still undefeated in EPL play with two wins whereas  Everton dropped  to fourth place with six points.

Manchester City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers

Carlos Tevez demolished QPR on saturday at Etihad.

Unlike their first two matches Manchester City took lead for the first time this season with City dominating the proceedings early on and with QPR having no response for the English Champions.City took lead in 16th minute when Toure smashed the ball into the back of the net.In the 59th  minute, QPR managed to level things up in the game with an easy header into the goal from Zamora.After that City got back on the offensive and scored a goal in the 61st  minute of the game when a ball crossed by Tevez was brilliantly headed into the goal by Dzeko to get back the lead.Last goal of the match came from none other than Tevez who managed to deflect Dzeko’s effort into the back of the net and past the keeper.

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Aliens Double Strike

Michu and Nathan Dyer strike doubles to give Swansea dream start to season.

 

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The 2011/2012 witnessed a breathtaking season in the top 5 leagues in Europe. Leading the race among all for its excitement,drama and suspense was English Premier League with Manchester City staving off competition from their red neighbours Manchester United to claim the English title for the first time after 44 years defining the season as (arguably) the best in the England’s top flight 20-year history. The 2011-12 English Premier League season was the greatest ever in terms of statistics and incidents on-off the field from calls for goal line technology, inter-squad brawls, racial abuse cases, and the most contested race for Champions League spots ever. And never has the title race gone down to the dying moments of the league.

Manchester United clearly had deficiencies at the back and in midfield and a champion team which they are need to get this cleaned off before the new season starts. Losing the league title on goal difference would make it more difficult to match Man City whose financial strength is now backed by a new wave of confidence. It will come down to Fergie’s genius, team grit and expected summer buy/transfers.

As far as the noisy neighbours are concerned it was the dream outcome at the Etihad, City winning the game and title. QPR lost but still made it to next season courtesy of Bolton’s failure to win at Stoke. Man City were deserved champions and QPR deserved staying up simply because of their excellent form at home and the fact that they remained resilient and in quest even after their mid-season manager sacking, takeovers etc. Coach Manchini deserves pat on the back for holding it all together when the title was all but lost, keeping rebels like Balotelli and Tevez from tearing apart his squad, and coming on top of Sir Alex in terms of mind games. Things are only going to get better for the champions assisting them in their next step conquering European championship.

For the other London clubs competing for the champion’s league spot Arsenal’s win over West Brom guaranteed their place in the top league whereas Tottenham despite winning against Fulham and finishing fourth were denied a champions league spot courtesy Chelsea becoming the European champion .Arsenal had a remarkable comeback after a disappointing start to season with a 8-2 thrashing in the hands of Manchester united. To lead the comeback was none other than ‘The Flying Dutchman’ Robin Van Persie and tactics of Arsene Wenger. Still Gunners need to sort out on front of new players and transfers to make in next season in quest to remain in top four and flourish in Europe.

Chelsea, The Blues are very much among the top disappointing teams of the season given the amount of money spent and form they were in at the end of the last season. Zooming off to great start scoring mammoth number of goals initially ,they lost the plot mid-season caught in various controversies on-off the pitch; Leading to sacking of Andre Vilas Boas once predicted to be one capable of continuing the legacy of Jose Mourinho. It was only after appointment of interim coach Di Matteo which lead to The Blues winning the FA cup and Champions League erasing some bad memories of premier league.Toping this section has to be Merseyside Liverpool who despite with some quality wins, a Carling Cup silverware, and finishing 8th in the table, the Reds never lived up to the preseason hype and the promise they showed at the end of last season.

Talking about the most surprising team of the season without a doubt was Newcastle who showed that Alan Pardew‘s controversial appointment was worth it. His dealings in the transfer market and man management skills helped boost the club. They were very close from playing in the Champions League next season but only a hard run at the death matches stopped them – they do have Europa League football though which is not a bad consolation prize for a club like Newcastle. Norwich and Swansea also came as a surprise package despite being newbie in the league.

For the best match of the season we had some close contenders from Manchester United vs. Blackburn, Manchester Derby to Chelsea vs. Arsenal. But it has to be the last game of the season between Manchester City vs.QPR which ultimately sent the title to the blue side of Manchester. A player that had the most impact it’s got to be Papiss Cisse. No January signing has ever had such a huge impact in the transfer window era as him, and his goals nearly took Newcastle into a shock Champions League spot. Not to forget his improbable goal against Chelsea undoubtedly the best of the season,a real thing of beauty.

Check out the EPL season 2012 in numbers:

Results

Goals

Games Home wins Away Wins Draws Home Away Difference Total
380 171 116 93 604 462 +142 1066
45% 31% 24% 1.59 1.22 +0.37 2.81

2011-12 Premier League Season: Greatest epic season ever.

 

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World witnessed mother of all EPL final day. A lot was on stake ranging from Premier league title to champions league qualification and relegation group. EPL known for its uncertainty, surprises and drama lived up to it even on the final day of the EPL 2011 season.

“You want drama…we give you drama”, said ESPN commentator Ian Darke!

Exactly that is what we got, a title going to be retained in Manchester, only needed to choose its color to embrace: Red or Blue. It came down to the last-minute of play as Manchester City came out on top on the most dramatic final day in Premier League history, scoring twice in injury time to win its first English league title in 44 years.

City needed a victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday to clinch the title but was  on the verge of handing the trophy to Manchester United when it trailed 2-1 with 90 minutes played. Arch rival Manchester united thought they have retained the title after their 1-0 win over Sunderland and game at Etihad heading for a draw after Dzecko’s injury time goal. Only to be denied in the last-minute with Sergio Aguero keeping his cool and finding the net to clinch the title of the ‘Noisy neighbors ‘.Blue part of Manchester going to get louder and more noisy.

Manchester city struggled to break the visitors down for much in the first half, only to score a soft one through Zabaleta. They were stunned in second half which saw QPR scoring twice, one helped by Lescott`s awful error and other one on a counter attack after QPR were down to 10 men (Barton lost his cool and was ejected in shocking circumstances).With more than 84% ball possession City, throwing caution aside, hammered on the QPR goal only to find disappointment. They pressed and pressed but QPR were inspired in defense and even Mancini had surrendered all self-control, raging at every over-hit cross and lousy shot as the title lurched back in United’s direction. It was only in the injury time city managed to zip across QPR’s stubborn defense and register a dramatic 3-2 win.

“To win it like this is incredible,” City Manager Roberto Mancini said. “I have never seen a final (day) like this.”

Arsenal managed to finish19 points back in third place clinching Champions League qualification for a 15th straight season with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham came in fourth place after Adebayor and Defoe scored a 2-0 win over Fulham. But they have to wait for the verdict on their Champions league qualification till the result of may 19 Champions league final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Newcastle finished in fifth place after losing 3-1 at Everton and Chelsea was sixth — its lowest position since 2002 — despite a 2-1 win over Blackburn. Bolton filled the final relegation spot after a 2-2 draw at Stoke with Blackburn and Wolverhampton Wanderers already relegated.

        Well Done Manager, Roberto Mancini….Manchester City Captain, Vincent Kompany .  A title well   deserved.