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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premier League Season
for 2021-22 - Matchday 27

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Premier League Review – Matchday 27

Fixtures and results - 25.02-01.03.22

Friday 25th February, 2022

Southampton 2 Norwich City 0

"The Saints" are unbeaten now in 6 games in league and cup and are currently secure in the top half following another win. Norwich, however, are rooted to the bottom. Few people offer hope of their survival. James Ward-Prowse was making his 350th club appearance. Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn’s last league appearance at St. Mary’s was in goal for Southampton in October 2019 when they were beaten 9-0 by Leicester.

Gunn made a point blank save from Elyounoussi after a lofted cross from the right by Ward-Prowse. Adams headed wide from a corner, but he did score the first goal in the 36th minute. Gunn and Aarons had got touches to Livramento’s cross from close on the right, but at a second touch, Adams managed to hook the ball over the line. Elyounoussi put a shot wide in first half added time after Adams had controlled Forster’s long clearance and (Stuart) Armstrong sent the ball to Elyounoussi to his left.

Armstrong hit a powerful shot straight at the Norwich keeper after 69 minutes. Two minutes later, Gunn made a good reaction save from Kyle Walker-Peters, who was only 10 yards out. Gunn’s father Bryan was in the stadium to see his son’s performance. Bryan was a veteran of 477 appearances for Norwich in a career which ended early in 1998.

Hanley missed an opportunity to equalise with a header following a corner when Lees-Melou returned the ball to the centre of the area. Gunn saved again from Elyounoussi three minutes from time, and after the half-cleared corner, Romeu put the result beyond doubt with an unstoppable right footed shot.

Saturday 26th February, 2022

Leeds United 0 Spurs 4

Leeds v Spurs, 26.02.22

Harry Kane was the clear player of the match and very nearly had another 9 out of 10 performance. Here are a few of the comments received:-

"Harry Kane MOTM. Breath-taking performance HK! The uplifting play by Matt Docherty! Not easy to improve so much from poor game against Burnley! Antonio continues to build and really, we have lost 4 games but every time the squad played hard to finish."

"Great performance despite some wobbles at the back. This was the Doherty that excelled for Wolves. Has taken a long time for him to produce this form. Sessegnon also played well, and Kane was superb. Where would we be without him!"

"Better performance, much to work on but the opposition needs to be taken into account. Leeds were poor but still had opportunities. Conte quite rightly questions the players mental toughness. This is down to the fact they have won nothing"

"Great report. My first time to rate a 10 since Jimmy Greaves left, I reckon. I've never seen anything like it. And full marks to Doherty and Sessegnon - their best games. The lads are responding to Conte's emotions."

On Sunday, Leeds announced the departure of Marcelo Bielsa and subsequently confirmed the appointment of former Leipzig coach – American Jesse Marsch.

Brentford 0 Newcastle United 2

There were emotional scenes at Brentford when Christian Eriksen came off the bench in the 52nd minute, making his first competitive appearance since his collapse in the Denmark v Finland Euro 20 game last summer. The player he replaced was Mathias Jensen, who had taken Eriksen’s place when that International game re-started after Eriksen had gone to hospital. Unfortunately, Brentford were already two goals and a man down, and were unable to recover. Newcastle are unbeaten in seven league games, four of which they have won, climbing to 14th place, four points clear of the drop zone they had occupied for most of the season.

Brentford were a player short after only 11 minutes when Da Silva fouled Matt Targett with a high boot as Brentford tried to clear a Fraser cross. Referee Mike Dean awarded the foul but was called to the monitor and showed the red card. Wood had a header saved by Raya after 25 minutes, following another Ryan Fraser cross. Raya saved from Targett’s shot from a sharp angle ln the left after approach play by Fraser and Willock. Fraser’s corner was below par, but he soon got another chance to cross and Joelinton powered home a header in the 33rd minute.

Raya had more work to do, saving a Fraser shot. Brentford had a corner, but Newcastle broke forward with Fraser releasing Schar, who passed to Willock in space to his left. Willock beat Raya with a right-footed shot just before the interval.

Eriksen’s entrance was given a rousing and emotional reception from all those in the stadium. Norgaard went close with a shot just over the Newcastle goal, and Raya made a good one-handed save from Targett at the other end. An Eriksen pass did lead to a Brentford chance in added time after substitute Toney teed up Janelt for a shot which Dubravka pushed over his bar.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Aston Villa 2

This game was delayed as the Villa team coach was delayed in traffic. Brighton fell to a third consecutive defeat and seem to have lost their way of late. It was Villa’s first win in four games. Brighton did have captain Lewis Dunk back after suspension. March and Trossard also returned to the team. Konsa was back after suspension for Villa and Ollie Watkins was restored to the starting line-up.

Matty Cash was born in Slough but has Polish nationality for football purposes and was booked for displaying an under-shirt which offered support to a fellow Polish International friend after he opened the scoring with a low driven right foot shot inside Sanchez’s right post. Tomasz Kedziora has remained in Ukraine and plays for Dynamo Kyiv.

Brighton had good attacks before and after the first goal, but the closest they went to scoring was a Mac Allister shot which shaved the top of the bar.

Sanchez made a great diving right-handed save from a Coutinho free kick in the second half. Watkins made it 2-0 in the 68th minute, taking on a long ball down the left channel from Tyrone Mings before finishing with a low left foot shot. Villa goalkeeper Martinez was rarely tested.

Crystal Palace 1 Burnley 1

After beating Spurs on Wednesday, Burnley had to settle for a point, but with games in hand over Leeds and Brentford, Sean Dyche’s men are ever-closer to safety. Butland was still in the Palace goal, but Vieira’s three changes were in midfield with McArthur, Milivojevic and Schlupp all starting. Burnley were unchanged from Wednesday’s win.

Aaron Lennon had a pop at goal following an early corner, but the ball passed just outside the keeper’s left post. Palace took the lead in the 9th minute following a cross by Olise from the right, which was converted by Schlupp’s left foot. The impressive Olise went close himself with a right foot shot after 20 minutes.

Burnley’s equaliser came in the first minute of the second half when Lennon crossed low and hard from near the bye-line on the right and the ball was diverted into his own net by Milivojevic. Butland made a fingertip save from a powerful Weghorst header following Brownhill’s corner from the left. Weghorst subsequently had the ball in the net at the end of a move where Rodriguez had a shot saved, but there had been an offside offence.

Pope made a two-handed save from a powerful Zaha shot, before Zaha had another chance, beating Pope this time from the left, but seeing the ball rebound off the post.

Manchester United 0 Watford 0

United disappointed again, and Watford had another hard-earned point, but Roy Hodgson’s men are still in 19th place and United still hold fourth position. Bruno Fernandes led out the United team, who had Maguire, Shaw, Sancho and Rashford on the bench.

Ronaldo hit the foot of Foster’s right post after only four minutes, receiving the ball from Wan-Bissaka to his right. Foster saved from the feet of Fernandes after 12 minutes at the end of a move which began with Matic and proceeded via Elanga. Ronaldo converted a Fernandes cross but was offside. Fernandes missed the target from close range after a ball from his left. Ronaldo stayed on his feet to carry the ball past Foster inside the box, but his cross was headed over by Fernandes. Elanga was denied a penalty by referee and VAR after a Cathcart challenge.

Dennis had Watford’s first shot on target after 52 minutes, but that was deflected safely into the hands of De Gea. It was one-way traffic, but United could not score. Elanga was close after a good move and a final pass from Pogba, and a Ronaldo shot was blocked. Sancho came off the bench and curled a shot just off target as full time loomed, but Sarr went closer from 25 yards in added time in front of the away fans.

Everton 0 Manchester City 1

Ukrainian nationals Vitalii Mykolenko and Oleksandr Zinchenko were on opposing benches for this game, but they embraced before the game, and both shed tears as all those in the stadium showed their respect and unity for Ukraine who this week have been the victims of a Russian invasion.

Doucoure was back in the Everton team after a groin problem, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin was missing again with a similar issue. John Stones replaced Kyle Walker in the City team. Everton defended stoutly and had chances of their own, but ultimately fell victim to a late goal by Foden which gave City clearance at the top of the table, whilst increasing the threat of relegation to the home side.

Pickford’s first save of note came after 29 minutes from a 20-yard De Bruyne shot. Kenny had a shot go just wide at the other end after a short run and pass by Allan. Richarlison shot straight at Ederson from close range five minutes later. As half-time loomed and after more good work by Allan in midfield, Richarlison was fouled and Gordon’s free kick landed on top of the net.

Pickford saved from Foden and Cancelo in quick succession ten minutes into the second half. The Everton keeper made a double handed save from a shot by Stones shortly after. He made an excellent double save after 68 minutes, firstly from De Bruyne, then from Bernardo Silva.

Just as Everton had the sniff of at least a precious point, they conceded a goal in somewhat bizarre circumstances in the 82nd minute. Bernardo Silva’s cross from the left took two defensive deflections. Th first was by Holgate which pushed the ball in the direction of Everton’s goal. Then Michael Keane missed a chance to clear and Foden had the last say scoring from very close range. Everton were then sorely aggrieved over VAR’s decision not to award a penalty for what the felt was a Rodri handball. Paul Tierney saw no offence and VAR Chris Kavanagh took a long look before ratifying the referee’s decision, deeming the contact to have been upper arm, above the level to complete the offence.

Sunday 27th February, 2022

West Ham United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

Support for Ukraine has been shown by football this weekend and West Ham have granted Andriy Yarmolenko compassionate leave. "The Hammers" made two changes to their side, bringing in Johnson and Lanzini for Fredericks and Benrahma. Bruno Lage said he wanted to bring energy to his team, making five changes. Semedo was absent due to a hamstring injury, but Ait-Nouri, Moutinho, Podence and even Jimenez dropped to the bench. Wolves had played at The Emirates only two and a half days ago. Ki-Jana Hoever, Marcal, Francisco Trincao, Fabio Silva and Leander Dendoncker all started for Wolves.

West Ham skipper Declan Rice held Yarmolenko's number 7 shirt as a message of support for him and his country was displayed in the stadium.

Wolves did start with energy, but West Ham soon took a foothold in the game, getting forward more than their guests. Cresswell hit a free kick just wide midway through the first half. Antonio took a pass from Soucek after 28 minutes and hit a sharp shot which was well saved by Sa. Fornals put a ball out to Johnson whose shot was patted away by Sa. Wolves countered with Sa's quick clearance and Zouma brought an end to Fabio Silva's run into the West Ham area with a well-timed tackle.

Lanzini hit a shot on target after 35 minutes, but Sa held this comfortably. Rice hit the post with a right-foot shot from 25 yards three minutes later. The impetus was definitely with West Ham, but they could not quite break through the Wolves defence in the first half. Wolves had their best chance in first half added time when they got men in the box and after a Trincao pull-back from the left, Hwang pushed a shot wide.

Three minutes into the second half Hwang returned Trincao’s compliment with a pass, but Trincao just missed the target too. Wolves had been dominating the early second half possession, but West Ham took a 59th minute lead after a throw-in from the left and despite Wolves defending in numbers "The Hammers" managed to get the ball into the middle via Cresswell and Antonio before Soucek poked the ball in from close range.

Trincao was replaced by Podence before the game re-started. Fabio Silva had three chances inside five minutes, none of which hit the target, with Zouma blocking the best. Fornals put Bowen in with a good pass, but Sa saved.

Antonio made a powerful run from the left flank, but when he cut the ball back, Wolves cleared. Both Antonio and David Moyes put their hands to their heads when West Ham failed to convert a Cresswell cut-back.

Jimenez came on for Hwang with ten minutes remaining. Wolves pushed for an equaliser but failed to truly test Fabianski.

Tuesday 1st March, 2022

Burnley 0 Leicester City 2

Leicester have only played 6 league games so far this year, and this was their first win in such a game. The goal-scorers were familiar names, Maddison and Vardy. The Leicester striker came off the bench for his first appearance of the calendar year, and his first Premier League goal since November. Maddison also came off the bench. Burnley would have hoped for more but remain in the bottom three.

Leicester dominated the early possession and Tielemans hit a right foot shot over the target after 6 minutes. Ndidi soon had a low shot pass wide, before Nick Pope made an excellent low save to his left from Ricardo Pereira. After a 20th minute corner and a mistake by Tarkowski, Daka hit a low shot which was saved by Pope with an outstretched foot on his line. Cornet had the ball in the net after excellent play by Lennon, but he was offside.

Ben Mee had to go off through injury and was replaced by Collins after 40 minutes. Pope made a good reactive save from Barnes after a good run into the box and a powerful close-range shot.

Pereira was replaced by Lookman at the start of the second half. Brownhill hit a long pass across to Roberts who came in from the right and forced a low right-handed save from Schmeichel with his shot. Cornet went close with a shot outside Schmeichel’s right post after McNeil’s pass, but soon made way for Rodriguez.

Maddison and Vardy were double subs for Daka and Tielemans after 72 minutes. Pope made a great diving save to his left from a Barnes curler, conceding a corner. After the corner was cleared long to Rodriguez, Schmeichel came out of his goal and booted the ball upfield. Vardy passed to Maddison who scored with a brilliant left foot shot inside the keeper’ right post. (82 mins)

Burnley had a corner which was flicked to the back post where, somehow Weghorst missed the target. Vardy had his goal in the last minute with a powerful header as he met Barnes’ cross from the left. The points were in the bag.

Fixtures and results - 25.02-01.03.22

Friday 25th February, 2022

S'hampton  2-0  Norwich

Saturday 26th February, 2022

Leeds      0-4  Spurs
Brentford  0-2  Newcastle
Brighton   0-2  A. Villa
C. Palace  1-1  Burnley
Man Utd    0-0  Watford
Everton    0-1  Man City

Sunday 27th February, 2022

West Ham   1-0  Wolves

Tuesday 1st March, 2022

Burnley    0-2  Leicester

            Premier League Table

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Man City  27 21  3  3  64-17  47   66 
 2. Liverpool 26 18  6  2  70-20  50   60 
 3. Chelsea   25 14  8  3  49-18  31   50
 4. Man Utd   27 13  8  6  44-34  10   47
 5. West Ham  27 13  6  8  46-34  12   45
 6. Arsenal   24 14  3  7  38-27  11   45
 7. Spurs     25 13  3  9  35-32   3   42 
 8. Wolves    26 12  4 10  24-21   3   40
 9. S'hampton 26  8 11  7  34-37  -3   35
10. Brighton  26  7 12  7  25-30  -5   33
11. C. Palace 27  6 12  9  37-38  -1   30
12. Leicester 24  8  6 10  39-43  -4   30
13. A. Villa  25  9  3 13  33-37  -4   30
14. Newcastle 25  5 10 10  28-45 -17   25
15. Brentford 27  6  6 15  27-44 -17   24
16. Leeds     26  5  8 13  29-60 -31   23
17. Everton   24  6  4 14  28-41 -13   22
18. Burnley   25  3 12 10  22-32 -10   21
19. Watford   26  5  4 17  25-47 -22   19
20. Norwich   26  4  5 17  15-55 -40   17

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