Lots of shock results means there’s plenty for me to take the mick out of from this weekend’s footballing action. This week there’s a focus on some dodgy Premier League displays, as well as a look at an awful tweet and a forgetful weekend.
6. Potentially the worst football related tweet of all time
For context, I’ve put a link to the tweet below, just so you can see just how bad it was. Sunderland fan Mark Evans took to twitter to complain that his team had a god given right to win their game against Lincoln this weekend, and that it was shameful that they lost. You’d think that Sunderland fans would have got used to being in the third tier by now, and yet they continue to be surprised and shocked by results such as this.
I was struggling to think of a sixth thing to take the mick out of when it dawned upon me, myself. I travelled over 200 miles on Saturday to see my beloved Rochdale take on lowly Wimbledon, a side who hadn’t won a game all season. In classic Rochdale fashion, we were 3-0 down after 30 minutes. Sometimes I wonder why I bother, but then other times I remember that I wouldn’t substitute it for anything else in the world.
4. Norwich City
Surprisingly, beating Manchester City might have been the worst thing that could have happened to Norwich. Confidence was high, but they’re still in the midst of an injury crisis, and results since have been nothing short of awful. Saturday’s game against Aston Villa presented an excellent chance for Norwich to get back on track, but things couldn’t have gone much worse. Villa cruised into a 5-0 lead before Josip Drmic grabbed a late consolation, even having the nerve to grab the ball as if they were going to make an unbelievable comeback.
3. Manchester City
I don’t think anyone could have predicted that Liverpool would be so far clear of their only real rivals for the title this far in the season, yet here we are. City fell to a second defeat of the season at home to Wolves, who grabbed just their second win in the process. After struggling to create chances, Adama Traore’s late double secured the points for the away side, and saw City slip to 8 points behind leaders, Liverpool. Surely Liverpool couldn’t bottle it again?
2. Manchester United
Honestly, it’s not even slightly surprising anymore. However, it is still funny. United travelled to Newcastle on the back of an impressive goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar, and that result clearly took its toll on Ole’s squad. The young Longstaff brothers did the damage for Newcastle, with Matty scoring the only goal on his Premier League debut to secure all three points for Steve Bruce’s men. United now sit in 12th after 8 games, which must be their worst start to a season in some time.
1. Tottenham Hotspur
What a week Spurs have had. First they were thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern, and now this. Pocchetino’s men travelled to Brighton hoping to get back on track, but found themselves behind after just 3 minutes after Hugo Lloris dropped a cross for Neil Maupay to head in. I would’ve targeted the French goalkeeper directly, had he not seriously injured his arm in the process. Spurs went on to be outclassed by Brighton, losing 3-0 to Graham Potter’s side. That result leaves Spurs in 8th place, with Pocchetino perhaps fearing the sack.