Pepe, Maradona and Karma?

Posted on August 16, 2010 by

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The first weekends action of the Premier League is almost over, just the matter of Man Utd hosting newly promoted Newcastle on Monday evening. I have mixed feelings about yesterdays game at Anfield, the late tackle from Joe Cole warranted nothing more than a yellow card, and the ref was desperate to even things up when Koscielny got sent off for two yellows. Arsenals goalkeeper Almunia must have wondered have Ngogs shot beat him, surely the keeper should have done better there but take nothing away from Ngog, hell of a strike! 

 Liverpool seemed to improve after the break and looked comfortable for long spells in the second half, a world-class save by Reina from Rosicky was soon overshadowed as Pepe was to fumble the ball into the back of his own net with minutes remaining. It would have been a great start for Roy and Liverpool and now the dust has settled I think both teams will be relatively happy with the point. Before the game I would have taken a 1-1 draw, it was important not to lose the first game of the season. Although the manner of the draw felt like coming runner-up to Wayne Rooney in a beauty contest, a horrible feeling. 

No one blames Pepe, it was just a mistake – it goes with the territory of being a goalkeeper just ask Robert Green. Although im sure there is some karma involved here, rewind 6 weeks and Riena was at the heart of the Barca shirt and Fabregas incident, im sure Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are smiling now though. Elsewhere there are rumours that Diego Maradona is being lined up as the new Aston Villa boss! Please Diego, please come to the Premier League!! Im sure these reports are wide of the mark, would the astute Randy Lerner appoint the mad Argentine? Surely not?

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