Saturday, April 19, 2014

EPL: Odemwingie sees red in England, By Tunde Eludini

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Odemwingie also has a transfer trouble on his hands

Nigerian international, Osaze Odemwingie, earned himself the ‘bad boy’ tag Saturday after he was red carded in West Brom’s 3-0 loss to Fulham at the Craven Cottage Saturday afternoon.

Osaze’s needless harsh tackle on Fulham’s Sascha Riether in the 37th minute got him a deserved marching order  and reduced his team’s strength to 10 men against Fulham’s 11.

Odemwingie act for many is despicable with some regarding to it as a moment of madness which invariably led to his team suffering their first defeat of the season; slumping to a 3-0 loss at Craven Cottage.

But while Odemwingie is condemned as a villain, the hero of the day was Bulgarian international, Dimitar Berbatov, who scored twice in a dream home debut as Fulham ended 10-man West Bromwich Albion’s unbeaten start to the new Premier League season.

The Bulgarian striker scored twice in the first half before the hosts wrapped up a comfortable win with Steve Sidwell’s late tap-in.

Berbatov was labelled the “biggest signing in Fulham’s history” by boss Martin Jol following his deadline day signing from Manchester United and the 31-year-old, who can often frustrate supporters with the languid manner in which he plays, went some way to justifying his manager’s bold declaration with an energetic performance.

Meanwhile in other EPL games, the Nigerian duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses were in action for Chelsea as they could only manage a goalless draw away to QPR.

Saturday’s draw at the Loftus roads ends the perfect start by the European Champions who had previously recorded three wins in as many games before now.

While Mikel played all 90 minutes, Moses, who was only making a debut appearance in the colours of Chelsea, was introduced into the game with 32minutes left to play as the former Wigan ace came in for Bertrand.

Moses’ inclusion by Coach Roberto DI Matteo was felt as the young Nigerian continued with his trade mark runs on the flanks and accurate delivery of crosses which nearly gifted Chelsea a goal and the coveted three points

Also on Saturday, Paul Scholes was the hero for Manchester United yet again as he celebrated another landmark in his glittering career by scoring the opening goal as Manchester United coasted to a resounding victory 4-0 over Wigan at Old Trafford.

It was  not the same  for the other Manchester based team as City were held 1-1 by Stoke City while Arsenal got the best result of the day; a 6-1 humiliation of EPL new boys Southhampton.

 EPL Results

Norwich City   0 – 0    West Ham

Arsenal            6 – 1   Southampton

Aston Villa      2 – 0    Swansea City

Fulham            3 – 0    West Bromwich

Man Utd          4 – 0    Wigan Athletic

QPR                0 – 0   Chelsea

Stoke City       1 – 1   Manchester City

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