A happy(ish) Anfield return for Rafa Benitez, a rogue whistle and all other important Premier League stuff


There were an impressive 19 goals in just four Premier League games as a reduced fixture list threw up plenty to chat about.

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's games...


Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton
Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea
Liverpool 1-4 Newcastle
Manchester City 4-0 Stoke

Comeback of the day

Jack Colback celebrates scoring for Newcastle
(Nigel French/PA)

Newcastle looked dead and buried at half-time as they trailed 2-0 to Liverpool. But Rafa Benitez knows more than most about getting results at Anfield, and his side stormed back to take a point after half-time with goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback.

Coincidentally, they also looked dead and buried in the league before Benitez started to work his magic. Maybe there's hope yet...

Troll of the day

Look, nobody wants to encourage fans to disrupt matches, but this was pretty funny. A prankster at Anfield chose the perfect moment in first-half stoppage time and blew on a whistle - getting those three bursts exactly right - so everyone stopped and headed to the tunnel, while the home fans applauded their side's 2-0 advantage.

Then everyone had to head back to their positions and carry on for a few seconds because the ref hadn't actually blown for half-time. Looking back, Liverpool fans probably hope that had been the full-time whistle, never mind half-time, given what happened in the second period.

Chant of the day

It's a moment that will haunt Joleon Lescott for the rest of his career - although at 33, he might not have much of it left. The defender said last week that their confirmed relegation might be a "weight off the shoulders" for Aston Villa, but it didn't look like that as his slack marking allowed Shane Long to put Southampton 1-0 up at Villa Park.

The home fans showed no mercy - and Saints went on to win 4-2. That weight, it seems, is still very much in place.

Broken duck of the day

You wait a year for a goal, then two come along at once... Yes, Eden Hazard scored a goal - an actual Premier League goal, as Chelsea beat Bournemouth. And then he scored another one.

When the 'flops of the season' lists are published (we're compiling ours at the moment), Hazard will surely feature. The Belgium international scored 14 goals on his way to winning the PFA Player of the Year award last term, so failing to get on the scoresheet until the end of April shows why he's among the biggest disappointments in a season not short on disappointments for Chelsea.

Mesut Ozil impression of the day

Cesc Fabregas well and truly got his assist on in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Bournemouth. He'd only managed four for the whole of the rest of the season. It's like the Chelsea players were taunting their fans with what could have been.

Exciting future of the day

Manchester City's Premier League campaign hasn't been a disaster of Chelsea proportions, but it hasn't been very impressive either.

City already had plenty of hope for the future with Pep Guardiola taking over at the helm next season, but the performances of 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho have given them even more. He scored twice in City's 4-0 win over Stoke, who - it's fair to say - have already got their flip flops and sun cream on.