By Daniel Rubens
Pardew and Puncheon lead Palace to the points at West Ham
Facing one of the clubs he used to manage, Alan Pardew made a winning return to Upton Park on Saturday, leading his Crystal Palace side to a 3-1 victory over the Hammers. Pardew deserves quite a bit of credit for the win, with his team selection playing a large role in the victory. Pardew picked 31-year-old Glenn Murray to start up top after he scored as a substitute against Arsenal a week ago,
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Three points for West Brom, two (good?) refs, and one big stinker for Southampton
A curious change happened at halftime of West Brom’s 1-0 win over Southampton: It wasn’t made by either team. Referee Phil Dowd aggravated a knee injury during the first half and was forced to switch places with fourth official Graham Scott at the break. It might expected that a substitute referee could be off his game after coming in cold 45 minutes in. However, in a nice change of pace, neither side could complain about either ref. In his half, Scott was
Chelsea lift the trophy (Er, not that one. Or that one.)
Part one of Chelsea’s trophy collection from this season is complete. The Blues went to Wembley and took down Tottenham 2-0 to win the first important silverware of the year in England, but the side that knocked off Spurs didn’t inspire immense amounts of confidence moving forward. They outplayed Tottenham, but lacked inventiveness at times in the final third. Both of their goals came off fortunate deflections that left Hugo Lloris wrong-footed in net.