|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||F - A||GD||Pts|
|1||•||Queens Park Rangers (Rob)||3||3||0||0||17 - 2||15||9|
|2||•||Leeds United (Al)||2||2||0||0||7 - 2||5||6|
|3||•||Chelsea (Alan)||3||2||0||1||5 - 5||0||6|
|4||•||Brentford (Paul)||2||1||0||1||3 - 9||-6||3|
|5||•||West Ham United (John)||1||0||1||0||0 - 0||0||1|
|6||•||Wolverhampton Wanderers (Dave)||2||0||1||1||0 - 2||-2||1|
|7||•||Everton (Stuart)||2||0||0||2||2 - 4||-2||0|
|8||•||Arsenal (Darryl)||3||0||0||3||1 - 11||-10||0|
Tuesday 9th October
Wolves v Arsenal
Leeds v Brentford
West Ham v Chelsea
Monday 15th October
Everton v Wolves
Wolves v QPR
QPR v Everton
Chelsea v Leeds
Leeds v West Ham
Brentford v Chelsea
Wednesday 24th October
West Ham v Everton
Brentford v West Ham
Everton v Brentford
Tuesday 30th October
Wolves v Leeds
QPR v Arsenal
Chelsea v Wolves
Monday 1st October
|Leeds 2||Everton 1|
|QPR 4||Chelsea 1|
|Arsenal 1||Leeds 5|
Wednesday 26th September
|QPR 9||Brentford 1|
|Wolves 0||West Ham 0|
|Brentford 2||Wolves 0|
Match Reports – Rampant Rangers hit nine!
QPR (4) 9 (No.7: 1’/ No.3: 4’/ No.4(OG): 9’ / No.10: 11’ 25’ / No.9: 16’ / No.8: 21’ 26’ 29’ )
Brentford (1) 1 (No.9: 11’)
QPR smashed nine past Brentford with a resounding display, disturbing the score-sheet in the first minute as No.7 Dave Thomas stormed through to net from 25yards. QPR Captain and No.8 Gerry Francis hit a hat-trick late on, with strikes on 21, 26 and 29 minutes. By this time, the game had already been well and truly taken away from Brentford. Other goals came from the Rangers No.3 on 4 minutes and an own goal by the Brentford No.4, finding his own net from a QPR corner on 9 minutes. No.10 Stan Bowles scored on 11 and 25 minutes, while ‘Sir Les’ Ferdinand struck on 16 minutes. Brentford managed a consolation goal when their No.9 produced tidy finish on 11 minutes. A game to forget for Paul and his Brentford team as Rangers took an emphatic early lead at the top of the table.
Wolves (0) 0
West Ham (0) 0
Dave and his Wolves team made their Riff Raff Premier League debut against John’s West Ham. Hammers started the stronger side, creating a couple of early chances, including a shot just high and wide, following a corner. After the early scare, Wolves rallied, settling into the game. Both sides showed some nice touches in the middle of the park but cancelled each other out in their respective ‘final third’ of the pitch. With clear goal-scoring opportunities at a premium, the game finished goal-less. Both sides will probably be happy with a share of the spoils and a point a piece to get off the mark.
Brentford (1) 2 (No.5: 3’ 14’)
Wolves (0) 0
Two first half goals from the Brentford centre half gave Paul’s side all three points against newcomers Wolves. This was a creditable comeback after the mauling dished out by QPR in their previous game. Goals on 3 minutes and 14 minutes gave Brentford their 2-0 half time lead. Wolves again competed well but probably lacked bodies in their opponents’ half of the pitch to create the chances to get back into the game. It was an encouraging second half though, keeping the Brentford attack at arms length. Wolves will no doubt soon acclimatise to life in the Riff Raff Premier League, but for Brentford, it was three useful points.
Monday 24th Sept
|Arsenal 0||QPR 4|
|Everton 1||Chelsea 2|
|Chelsea 2||Arsenal 0|
Match Reports – “Sir Les” hits a hat-trick for QPR but Chelsea go top
Arsenal (0) 0
QPR (1) 4 (No.9: 4’/21’/26’ / No.11: 30’)
Rangers got off to a flying start to the new season, thanks to an emphatic hat- trick from “Sir Les”. Rangers looked a little shaky early on, but a move wide on the right set up the QPR No.9, latching onto a clever chip through the middle.
The QPR centre-forward hammered home from 20 yards with 4 minutes gone, to put his side a goal up. Rangers made sure of the points in the second half as “Sir Les” scored again on 21 and 26 minutes. The Arsenal attack rarely threatened, until a mistake on the edge of the area by the QPR left back, let in an Arsenal player, with the score still at 1-0. “Parksie” in the QPR goal saved the shot and soon afterwards Rangers secured the points. No.11 added Rangers’ fourth goal hit into the far corner, with the Arsenal defender unable to fully block the shot.
Everton (0) 1 (No.10: 21’)
Chelsea (1) 2 (No.10: 4’/24’)
Some pundits were predicting an early season goal-less stalemate from this one.
It was anything but! Chelsea started well, but then, so did Everton, in a first half that threw up plenty of early-season controversy. Never mind VAR, it was good old-fashioned goal-line technology we needed to sort out the two main incidents that dominated the half-time discussions. Chelsea thought they had scored with a powerful half-saved shot, which spun back towards the goal-line and was then clawed back out by the Everton goalkeeper.
But…was it over the line or not?
Then, minutes later at the other end of the pitch, Everton, on the attack, saw a rising thunderbolt of a shot cannon away off the post. But…did it hit the back of the net and come out? Discussions on both ‘goals’ produced divided opinion. Both attempts were ruled out and play went on. Chelsea were already leading with a goal on 4 minutes from No.10, so 1-0 was the ‘official’half-timescore. However, on 21 minutes, it was Everton’s No. 10 who found the net to level things up. Chelsea responded three minutes later, as No.10 scored again on 24 minutes, to take all three points.
Chelsea (1) 2 (Y=No.7: 2’) (No.8: 15’ / No.4: 21’)
Arsenal (0) 0
Arsenal proved to be tough opposition as Chelsea attempted to follow up their win against Everton with another positive result. Although on the attack early on, the Chelsea No.7 earned a yellow card with just two minutes gone, courtesy of a heavy challenge. With half-time looming, it looked like Arsenal would hold Chelsea until the interval. Then in the last minute of the half, No.8 broke through to put Chelsea 1-0 up. Arsenal continued to battle away in the second period, but Chelsea clinched the points as No.4 struck on 21 minutes. This 2-0 win sees Arsenal without a point from their two opening games while Chelsea, with maximum points so far, are the early pace-setters at the top of the table. Or, as some commentators might put it, “Ooh! Emery is awful but who’s Sarri now?!”