Another weekend of football has been and gone and, of course, some teams have had great weeks, others not so much. From the exploits of Chelsea and others at the top of the Premier League, to the bottom of the Football League, this article has you covered on this week’s football winners and losers.
Chelsea, not only beat Hull City at the weekend, but they also watched on as their all their main title rivals, except Arsenal, disappointingly dropped points. A solid 2-0 victory against a Hull City side who matched Chelsea for large portions of the game showed the title credentials of The Blues this season as their gap at the top of the table stretches to eight points before their huge upcoming match against Liverpool.
2) BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION
Brighton had two games within four days this week with clashes against Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City to negotiate. These games delivered Brighton six crucial points which put them two points clear of Newcastle at the top of the Championship. The Sheffield Wednesday game was a highlight of the week as, despite going down to 10 men and conceding a penalty with the score at 1-1, Brighton turned the game on its head through a great Anthony Knockaert goal and took all three points from their play-off rivals. The Cardiff game topped off a great week for Brighton who look good bets to be playing Premier League football next season.
3) MK DONS vs NORTHAMPTON
An eight-goal thriller is always something that turns heads and this clash in League One was a great spectacle and advert for the Football League. Despite MK Dons never appearing to feel the pressure and relinquish their lead against Northampton, who had Justin Edinburgh in charge for the first time, they didn’t make it easy for themselves. The game was an end to end clash with most stats at the end very equal, suggesting MK Dons made the most of the chances that came their way. Either way, this game was easily game of the weekend.
1) KEN HARE
Who is Ken Hare I hear you ask? Ken Hare is the former groundsman at Southend who was sacked after the Southend vs Bolton match on Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch at Roots Hall. This was the first match postponed at Roots Hall in four years. Whatever the circumstances surrounding the postponement and subsequent sacking of Ken Hare, it is clear that he has not had a good weekend.
It was a hard decision to whether Swansea could be branded as “winners” or Liverpool as “losers”. However, when you take into account the fact that Chelsea and Arsenal won, whilst fellow rivals Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United all dropped points, this was a huge missed opportunity for Liverpool to advance their title credentials. Swansea, a team with a new manager and sitting bottom of the table, looked there for the taking for Liverpool. However, poor defending and a lack of spark up front meant Klopp’s men suffered a 2-3 defeat and became a major loser this weekend.
3) JOHN SHERIDAN
John Sheridan, despite being sacked by Notts County just days into the New Year, has had yet more sour news from his old club as they released a statement showing that they sacked Sheridan because of verbal abuse he had directed at officials after a 4-0 loss to Cambridge. These comments, according to the official club statement, “were utterly appalling and wholly unacceptable”. Sheridan, now manager of Oldham, also saw his team lose to Shrewsbury 1-0 on Saturday, leaving them currently second bottom and three points adrift of Shrewsbury who themselves occupy 20th position. It definitely has been a week to forget for John Sheridan.