At last, fans of Premier League football had an extremely entertaining Saturday to watch on television. The majority of entertaining matches in the season thus far (the few that have been) have been on Sundays.
Today was a perfect example of the difference in quality and tactics between Liverpool and Spurs. Both teams played against sides with woeful defenses. Spurs against Fulham, and Liverpool against Derby. Both Fulham and Derby looked dismal in the first half with plenty of defensive mistakes. Going forward, though, Liverpool and Tottenham were both extremely entertaining.
The difference though was that Liverpool was able to capitalize on their chances and keep their defensive line in order. Spurs, meanwhile, looked exciting on the attack but missed so many simple chances to win the match but then allowed Fulham to get back into the match. So often is the complaint that Spurs only have one gameplan, which was evident today.
Aside from the differences in skill for all of the four teams involved, it made for extremely entertaining matches for TV viewers. Fulham’s continued push to come back from being down 2-0 and 3-1 paid off after Kamara scored a brilliant overhead kick to pull Fulham level near the dying moments of the game.
Lots of worries for Spurs. Liverpool look unstoppable. Derby and Fulham have a lot of work to do.
With Derby, their defensive lapses were comical. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Premier League side look as bad as that. Even Sunderland in previous seasons were more skilled. And with the transfer window closed for Derby manager Billy Davies, he has to make do with what he has. It’s mission impossible, but let’s see what Davies can do. If he can get Derby out of trouble and to stay up in the Premier League this season, he’ll deserve the manager of the season award. Honestly.