Here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week two of the Premier League.
- Ritchie De Laet: A wonderful glancing header gave Norwich City their first top-flight points since 2005.
- Wolverhampton Wanderers: Two weeks, two cheers. It’s an impressive start, which gives their supporters hopes that this type of play can continue.
- Darren Bent: He put in a solid work rate and ended his day with a goal that gave Villa a sounding victory over Blackburn.
- Phil Jones: Jones stepped in for an injured Rio Ferdinand and showed that he is ready for more first team football.
- Swansea City: The newly promoted side didn’t get the three points, but they showed an attractive style of football and ran Wigan ragged. If they continue with this style, Swansea may be able to avoid the relegation zone.
- Andre Villas-Boas: AVB scored his first Premier League win with Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. King Roman hopes this is just the first of many, many more.
- QPR: It was always pretty, but the win at Everton was their first top-flight away win since 1996.
- Danny Welbeck: A goal and assist in a win against Tottenham. He is making it difficult for Sir Alex to choose a striker to play along side Rooney.
- Ryan Taylor: A superb free kick provided all the scoring that Newcastle would need in the Northeast Derby.
- John Obi Mikel: Once again, events off the pitch loomed over the matches as news about the kidnapping of Mikel’s father became public. Thankfully, he was freed and found alive.
- Foxsoccer.tv: Where to start? The rise in price for the product only infuriated fans that much more as their inferior site repeatedly didn’t work. At this point, the creators of this site have lost all credibility with the soccer community.
- Luka Modric: Somewhere along the line Modric morphed into Cesc Fabregas, and not because of his play on the pitch. The drama surrounding the possible sale of the midfielder spilled over into Totten’s match as the Spurs lacked a creative presence to break down United’s defense.
- Arsenal: No wins out of two matches in league play with a trip to Italy for Champions League play. That is followed up with a fixture at Old Trafford. And now the loss of Nasri. Tough times lay ahead for the Gunners.
- Phil Bardsley: A rash tackle from the normally steady defender lead to a red card and diminished the Black Cats’ ability to pull even against Newcastle.
- Everton: Another frustrating start at Goodison Park. I wonder what the odds are on who gets let go first, David Moyes or Arsene Wenger?
- West Brom’s schedule: They start the season with Man United and at Chelsea. What football gods did they anger?
- Howard Webb: I am not sure how he and his assistants missed Sebastian Larsson’s obvious handball. Luckily for Newcastle fans, the Magpies still managed to come away with three points.
- Foxsoccer.tv customer service: A second jeer because that’s how bad they were this weekend. The site’s responses to e-mails is very generic and there is no phone number to be found. Good luck on getting a hold of a real person to talk too or some sort of refund.
Do you agree or disagree with any of the cheers or jeers listed above? Or are there ones you think we should have included that we missed? Share your feedback in the comments section below.