Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Weekend

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It was another dramatic weekend in the Premier League, as the title race took another swing towards the East Midlands.

Leicester City were the big winners as they beat Watford, while Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United succumbed to another loss.

West Ham United continued their fine form with one of the comebacks of the season and Manchester City pissed all over Aston Villa at home.

But what lessons did we learn from the weekend? Here’s five:

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The North Londoners Really Don’t Want Each Other To Win It

Some dubbed it ‘the most important North London derby in history’, and they were probably right.

The game lived up to the hype, too.

It was an enthralling contest, which both teams needed to win to close the gap on league leaders Leicester.

But, once Harry Kane’s stunner cracked in off the post, Arsenal hit back to ensure the Foxes were the big winners of the weekend and neither of the bitter rivals gained an advantage over the other.

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West Ham Don’t Give Up

For 80 minutes at Goodison Park, Everton were coasting against West Ham.

Roberto Martinez’s side were even good enough to go 2-0 up with ten men, after Kevin Mirallas was sent off early on.

But once Romelu Lukaku missed a penalty, the Hammers came roaring back.

Michail Antonio pulled one back but disappointingly didn’t pull out another dancing celebration, before Diafra Sakho levelled late on.

But Slaven Bilic’s side weren’t finished and Dimitri Payet struck in injury time to down the Toffees, and moved West Ham to one point off the Champions League places.

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Newcastle United Don’t Give A Fuck

After losing to Stoke on Wednesday night, the game at home to Bournemouth was an absolute must win for Newcastle.

Win it, they did not.

Steve McClaren’s position looks untenable as his side slipped to 19th in the league, with only whipping boys Aston Villa below them.

Newcastle’s players needed to show the kind of passion that 52,107 loyal fans had by coming to the game, despite their team being pure shite.

They didn’t, and they’re probably going down because of it.

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Lucky Liverpool

Liverpool have bad memories of Selhurst Park, having blown the league title there back in 2013/14.

Things weren’t going well this time either, as Joe Ledley lashed past Simon Mignolet to give the Eagles the lead, before James Milner was sent off.

But their latest trip to South London eventually brought happier memories, thanks to two huge slices of luck.

First, a slip (Liverpool fans know all about those) from Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy presented Roberto Firmino with a simple equaliser, before the linesman awarded the Reds a penalty for a debatable foul on Christian Benteke.

The Belgian stuck the spot kick away with the last kick of the game to give Jurgen Klopp a second win inside a week, and keep Liverpool’s top six chances alive.

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Marcus Rashford Can’t Do It Every Week

Rashford has been the name on everyone’s lips for the last three weeks.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene with four goals in his first three Manchester United games, but that run has dried up.

Louis van Gaal has kept faith with the teenager but against West Brom, the youngster looked incapable of breaching a well disciplined defence.

Perhaps the Dutchman would have been better off starting Anthony Martial in his preferred centre forward role, instead of out wide with Rashford coming up against the giant duo of Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley in the middle.

It didn’t help that Juan Mata received his first ever Premier League red card, but United never looked likely to continue their recent good run.