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Phil Dowd did his best as Liverpool and Man United game got ugly

Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United blacked out the media after Sunday's loss to Liverpool. Sir Alex couldn't complain too much about the performance of referee Phil Dowd who kept the game in control despite some late first-half bust ups. (Courtesy AtilaTheHun Flickr)

By Jonathan Gold

If there had been a way, this weekend, for referee Phil Dowd to use big wooden paddles painted red and yellow to dish out whacks on the ass instead of simply brandishing red and yellow paper cards, I’d have been all for it. Some of the behavior from both sides during Manchester United’s visit to Anfield was reprehensible and detracted unfairly from a great game.

How completely have Liverpool been transformed after the departure of Roy Hodgson? This was a team so mired in misery that the fans wanted Rafa Benitez back, poor demented souls. Contrast any of the abject results from earlier this season – I’m sure Kevin remembers them all – with the bright, authoritative performance in front of a rapturous home crowd this weekend.

OK, none of Dirk Kuyt’s three goals was exactly spectacular where he was concerned – but there were moments of genius in the build-up play, mostly from Luis Suarez, noted World Cup villain. His weaving dribble up the byline was electrifying to set up the first, and he produced a nice free kick that van der Saar couldn’t hold onto for the third. That said, the term “poacher’s instinct” is overused, but that’s exactly what he displayed to grab an unlikely hat-trick.

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Manchester City has to wait for next season to challenge United for EPL

By Kevin Koczwara

Roberto Mancini had Manchester City in prime position to challenge for the English Premier League title, but he couldn’t find a way to shut down Manchester United and Wayne Rooney in one of the most anticipated derby’s of the season. The loss will ultimately be his team’s shortcoming in the race for the league. The league looks unrealistic now, even in the boldest of dreams for City fans.

Old Trafford was the place to make the mark. To settle the score. A chance to put league leaders United on the back foot. It was a chance to hand the Red Devils their second loss in a row after starting the year undefeated until a loss to Wolverhampton a week ago. City could have cut the lead to two measly points — Manchester United with a game still in hand — and delivered a devastating mental blow to United.

“I like to play this game. I like to play at Old Trafford because it is better to win there than at home,” Mancini told the press on Friday before the game. “Because when you win away in a derby it is more important for our head and our personality.”

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Premier League Puts Its Ribbons On Hold, Blue the Favorite

By Mark Duckworth of The National Game

After the drama of the Premier League that has taken place over the last few weekends, this one was a damp squib. We could have seen new Premier League Champions or United back on top. Instead we got two games that had teams going through the motions and two teams looking for victory.

Liverpool versus Chelsea, was meant to be the game that could hand the title to United, and with Chelsea’s indifferent league away form, the football world waited with anticipation. But when Steven Gerrard misplaced a back pass which led to Didier Drogba rounding the Liverpool keeper, all Liverpool’s fight seem to fade along with the bank holiday weather.

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EPL Weekend Round-Up

Photo Credit: Gordon FloodBy Kevin Koczwara

It was a busy weekend for the English Premier League. There were big-time match-ups, breaking news, milestones reached, entertaining games and Birmingham continues to use their magic talisman.

It was a predictable and wild weekend in the Premier League. Let’s look back at some of the action and future implications of the results.

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World Cup Preview Pt. 5: Group G

By Kevin Koczwara

I did not update yesterday because I went on an 8 hour journey to Maine and back for an interview. It was an amazing experience to drive that far, by myself, through what seemed like a never ending landscape. The drive also gave me plenty of time to think about a lot of things. And not surprisingly one of those things was Soccer. Continue reading

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