Steve Sidelnyk's Ghoulish Goal Fest Blog 31st October 2013
" No mere mortal can resist the evil of the Thriller! " as our man in horror-land Vincent Price said and we nearly had a couple of ghastly horror stories!
Mark "Sparky" Hughes came back to almost complete a wonderful execution of Manchester United, his old club, after a spirited Stoke City side twice were on top only to be exhumed by Wayne" Shrek" Rooney, another product of Belgium in eighteen year old : Adnan Januzaj and the little pea : Chicarito all scoring in a fantastic 3-2 thriller that at the end of the match looked like Man Utd were celebrating winning the league....and David Moyes, the gaffer, his job!
Another nail in the coffin for Newcastle United with Sunderland winning the Tyneside Clasico!
Wins for Arsenal over Palace at Selhurst Park, Liverpool hammering West Bromwich Albion 4-1, Southampton continuing their meteoric rise in the BPL with an impressive 2-0 win over Fulham, Everton playing very steadily and another strike from Lokaku and one from Osman sealing victory over Aston Villa.
Tottenham drawing with Hull City, Norwich and Cardiff sharing the points and Swansea doing the same with West Ham!
Which brings us to our champagne tie : "The Clash of the Cash" Chelsea v Manchester City, with a combined worth of $ 1.3 Billion dollars for both squads really turned out to be a wonderful match with not the most consistent player in Fernando Torres missing a goal, making one, and then finally scoring the winner after an Aguero wonder-strike, then a Juan Mata scorcher, to give Chelski and much deserved win and another managerial celebration worthy of a BAFTA in Jose Mourihno's epic run into the stands embracing the fans!
A wonderful Clasico ensued in Barcelona and two amazing goals for the Catalans, Real Madrid had their own scoring practice with a massive 7-3 win over Sevilla with our man Gareth Bale scoring 2 goals in his first full debut a couple of days after.
In-keeping with our Halloween theme here are a few goal-keeping blunders that will curl your blood!!!!! :
Shay Given (Newcastle v Coventry)
After this blooper by Given their was a joke made of it, that he was the only Irishman not to know where Dublin was. After he failed to notice Coventry striker Dion Dublin behind him he subsequently threw the ball in front of him to kick the ball down field only for Dublin to nick in behind him a score leaving Given red faced.
Paul Robinson (England v Croatia)
Robinson probably missed out on the World Cup squad after he let a Gary Neville back-pass go in, he missed the the ball, kicking fresh air instead, allowing the ball to roll into the net, against Croatia in 2006.
David (Calamity) James (Chelsea v Portsmouth)
James has been prone to many gaffe and here’s only his recent one, early in the season he swung at a simple clearance only to miss the ball allowing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in for a simple tap-in.
David Seaman (England v Brazil)
David Seaman made his most embarrassing mistake in a Cup Winners Cup Final tie, when Nayim lobbed him from the half way line. He was also at fault for letting a Ronaldinho free-kick loop over his head and into the net in 2002
So please spare a thought for the at the moment criticized Joe Hart, by far the greatest English goalie for ages, and lets remember the greatest goalkeeping gaff by Rob Green against the USA and know "Things Can Only Get Better"!
Steve "Nightmare On Elm Street" Sidelnyk