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EPL Week 14: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 14: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 14: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 14: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 14: The Good, Bad and Ugly

There was no Monday or Tuesday fixture in the Barclays Premier League this week. Instead, Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Norwich and Liverpool's 1-0 win over Swansea City were the two last matches of round 14.

Earlier in the round, Manchester City reclaimed top spot with a 3-1 victory at home over Southampton and Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone by beating Stoke City 2-0. However despite these key results the Good, Bad and Ugly for this week can be found elsewhere:

Good.

Jamie Vardy.

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It can't really be anyone else other than Jamie Vardy. Up against the best defence in the league in Manchester United, many thought that the Englishman's impressive streak of scoring in 10 consecutive matches would be ending this weekend.

However a scintillating Leicester counter attack midway through the first-half ended with Vardy pulling off the shoulder of Matteo Darmian and sliding his shot past the on-rushing David De Gea. The goal was his 11th in consecutive matches and ensured he surpassed the previous EPL record held by Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

In 2012 Vardy was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town and his incredible rise to Premier League record holder is an inspiration to all lower-league footballers out there. Vardy will fancy his chances of continuing his impressive form when the Foxes play Swansea next weekend. 

Check out the video of Vardy's 13 goals this season:

Bad.

Everton.

A 2-0 half-time lead for Everton should have been enough for them to see out the match against relegation contenders Bournemouth this weekend. However those at the Vitality Stadium were treated to an exhilarating second-half contest as Bournemouth came back not once, but twice, to claim a valuable point.

A disappointing 2014/15 season meant Everton was determined to climb back up the table in this campaign. While the Toffees have made an impressive start it is unlikely that they will achieve their goals - European football and a trophy - if they throw away a guaranteed three points in matches.

Credit must go to the Cherries for managing the remarkable comeback; however Everton should be embarrassed by their collapse. Junior Stanislas leveling the match at 2-2 was bad enough, but when Ross Barkley scored in stoppage time and Everton fans ran onto the pitch that should have been the game winner. 

A 3-2 lead with virtually no time left should be enough to win. Yet Everton showed more defensive fragility as Stanislas popped up to score his second and finish the match at 3-3. It was a bad game for Everton who got too complacent after being far superior in the first-half. 

Ugly.

Newcastle United.

A 5-1 hammering away to Crystal Palace is not the best way to prove to everyone that you are playing for your manager. With Steve McClaren under pressure to get results the humiliating loss against Alan Pardew, the Magpies' former manager, is an unmitigated disaster.

"You're not fit to wear the shirt." That is the chant that Newcastle fans sung out at their players at Selhurst Park as the Magpies' defence and midfield was carved up. The five goals conceded means Newcastle have the equal worst defensive record in the league, and are left languishing in 19th place.

Relegation looks a real possibility for a Newcastle team which simply cannot defend. It was an ugly performance in a very ugly season for the team from England's North-East. McClaren will have to turn things around quickly or the Magpies may find themselves out of England's top-flight. 


 


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