Snowmen, chips, wigs & volleys

Just two fixtures survived the “big freeze” this weekend.

And although neither game saw a winner, both games had their fair share of entertainment.

As the snow started settling on the Emirates (how strange does that sound?), Everton’s Steven Pienaar broke loose from the half-way line and put the Toffees 2-1 up with a sublimely executed, supremely confident chip over Arsenal’s comedy keeper Manuel Almunia.

The Gunners applied non-stop pressure in the final 15 minutes and it eventually paid off, Tomas Rosicky scoring with a deflection that Frank Lampard can only dream about.

It’s a shame that half the Arsenal fans missed the goal, but after paying around 40 pounds for a ticket, it’s probably not worth sticking around for the final whistle. Do fans ever learn?

Meanwhile, at St Andrews, Birmingham City extended their unbeaten Premier League record to 12 games and retain their top spot in the blog’s alternative championship.

Ten-man Manchester United were facing their fourth loss in seven matches.

The past master of deflecting blame from his team, Sir Alex Ferguson, pointed the finger at the referee for his side’s poor performance.

Knight or not, Ferguson needs to be extremely careful with his after-match comments: there's a good chance that the FA could fine him at least £50, maybe £100 as he’s a repeat offender.

The referee in the spotlight this week was Mark Clattenburg.

Ferguson called his decision to send off Darren Fletcher ridiculous, and it did look a little soft.

But then it’s not the first strange decision from Clattenburg this season and he’s not fooling anyone - it has to be a wig, hasn’t it?

But I do find it hard to believe that Ferguson has the nerve to complain about a ref who failed give a goal at Old Trafford a few seasons ago after the ball landed at least a yard over the line.

Pedro Mendes, anyone?



This week’s re-enactment is of Tony Yeboah’s wonder volley against Liverpool for Leeds, back when they were in the Premier League (Video here).

That wasn't all - he scored a near-identical goal at Wimbledon... More to read...

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