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EPL Week 12 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 12 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 12 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 12 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 12 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Barclays Premier League pauses for another international break after the conclusion of week 12. Crystal Palace's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield and Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Emirates were the last fixtures of the round.

Manchester United was the big winner of the round as their 2-0 victory over West Brom moves them closer to Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the table. Meanwhile the struggles continued for Chelsea who lost 1-0 at Stoke City.

Here is the Good, Bad and Ugly from week 12:

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Good.

Jesse Lingard.

In a game that is filled with money and foreign talent it is good to see a young academy product performing well for the senior team. At the beginning of the season most Manchester United fans would have assumed Jesse Lingard would be sold or loaned out. However the struggles of Memphis Depay have opened up an opportunity that Lingard has taken with open arms.

His quality goal against West Brom capped off an impressive display. Lingard's ability to find space and his desire to run at the opposition defence has been a big positive for United over recent weeks. 

All United fans were pleased for Lingard as he fulfilled a boyhood dream of scoring at Old Trafford.

Young Jesse:

Bad.

Bournemouth's finishing.

Sixty-eight percent possession compared to 32%. Twenty shots on goal compared to just two. To say that Bournemouth dominated their match against Newcastle would be stating the obvious. However for those who just saw those stats and not the score, they would be shocked to realise that Newcastle won the match 1-0.

Despite the Cherries relentlessly attacking the Newcastle goal they could not find the breakthrough. This was partly due to the impressive form of goalkeeper, Rob Elliot. However of the 20 shots Bournemouth had only five managed to be on target. This poor finishing is what ultimately cost the Cherries and saw them slide into the bottom three.

Eddie Howe needs to turn things around quickly with his injury depleted team or they may be heading straight back down to the Championship.

Ugly.

Heurelho Gomes.

A few weeks ago it was Brad Guzan who cost his team with a bad error, this time it was Watford's Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian shot-stopper let a very weak shot from Leicester's N'Golo Kante go through his hands to give the Foxes the lead. However one mistake was not where the nightmare ended for Gomes. The 'keeper then went straight through Jamie Vardy in the penalty box to give the Foxes a penalty. 

Gomes acknowledged his mistakes and tweeted his apology later that day: "Just want to apologise to the fans, the boys and the manager. I did let you down today and I'm feeling really sad about that. Thanks for all your support, means a lot to me."

It was a rare ugly moment for Watford who has been very impressive this season. They currently sit in 11th place and have performed the best out of the newly promoted teams.




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