Sheffield United star finally has a place to call home, Premier League debutant's dream afternoon, Krul’s VAR penalty nightmare: Premier League winners and losers
A Sheffield United star features in today’s round-up of Premier League winners and losers.
Sheffield United gained a creditable point against Wolves to retain their unbeaten record away from a home, on what was another good weekend for the Blades. Check out the winners and losers from an exciting weekend of Premier League action:
W - David Martin
33-year-old David Martin had a Premier League debut to remember as West Ham United toppled Chelsea. The keeper is the son of former West Ham star Alvin Martin who made over 450 appearances for the first team, and the stand-in stopper did his old man proud in keeping a clean sheet against a normally free-scoring side. Martin’s performance confirmed an unhappy afternoon for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard against his former club.
L - Tim Krul
Norwich City keeper Tim Krul felt the wrath of VAR, as after he saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot kick, the system ordered a re-take due to encroachment in the area. Aubameyang scored the second penalty and celebrated by shushing Krul, much to the dismay of the Dutchman.
W - Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman is a huge part of everything that Liverpool do, and he was the star of the show on Saturday as he scored both goals in Liverpool’s victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. On Monday evening he’ll find out if it is he or Lionel Messi who has been named as the best player on the planet as the winner of the Ballon D’or.
L - Marco Silva
For a long time on Sunday it looked as though the maligned Everton boss would take a baby step towards steadying the ship at Goodison Park by avoiding defeat at high-flying Leicester City. Unfortunately, Kelechi Iheanacho popped up with a last minute winner to break Everton’s resolve, and there are now rumours that Silva could be dismissed before the Merseyside derby on Wednesday evening.
W - Lys Mousset
Mousset struggled on his first foray into English football with Bournemouth, but appears to have found a place he can call home with Sheffield United. The Frenchman bagged his fifth Premier League goal of the season just two minutes into the game against Wolves, taking the ball down with a delicious turn and wrong-footing keeper Rui Patricio with the expertly taken finish.
L - Unai Emery
The Spaniard paid the price for poor recent results at Arsenal, and the Gunners now start their search for another new permanent boss.
W - Southampton
When Watford took the lead at St Mary’s, Saints fans must have feared the worst. Saturday’s game was a must-not-lose encounter between two struggling teams, and defeat could have been hugely damaging for the home side. In the end Southampton completed a turnaround to record their first win at home since April, giving them hope of escaping the relegation dogfight.
L - Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t afford to lose more ground on Liverpool, yet they surrendered their lead late on at St James’ Park. Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range rocket ensured that City end the weekend nine points behind Liverpool.