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Hart-y laughter as Man City buckle

ESPN staff
February 9, 2013
Joe Hart was at fault for Southampton's second at St Mary's © PA Photos
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Hart-y laughter

Even before Saturday's shocking loss for Manchester City you kind of sensed the title had already slipped into the grasp of United, but at Southampton they provided the type of comedy display that was once the trademark of Ousmane Dabo, Bernardo Corradi and co.

First Joe Hart, having brilliantly denied Ronaldinho in the week, found it rather more difficult to gather Rickie Lambert's pass-back, allowing Steven Davis to score. Then, not to be upstaged, Gareth Barry opened his body and caressed a wonderful strike into the bottom corner - of his own net - to hand Saints their third.

English football is in safe hands.

The incredible Hulk

There was much derision on Saturday morning, after the famous wrestler Hulk Hogan was invited to predict the weekend's Premier League games for the BBC's Football Focus - and opined that Chelsea-Wigan would finish "40-1."

As it turns out, the American was just one digit out (it finished 4-1). And he may have actually been onto something - he got every one of the results of Saturday's early games right, with two perfect scores. Method in the madness?

Don't stop til you get enough

One thing that Frank Lampard has always been known for is his professionalism - since arriving at Chelsea (and even before that) he has been known to always be one of the first players onto the training ground and one of the last to leave. The England international does not stop until he is fully satisfied the job is done.

So it should come as no surprise that Lampard did not relent this weekend against Wigan, despite his recent form reportedly already leading the Chelsea hierarchy to do a U-turn on his future.

Perhaps sensing that Roman Abramovich et al needed one final nudge, the prolific midfielder lashed home the decisive goal in Chelsea's 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge - securing three points that could yet prove crucial in the race for Champions League football. A true professional.

Easy pickings

Hard to believe that Michu's opening goal against QPR was his first in seven games for Swansea. The Spaniard added another later in the game but, with QPR rooted to the bottom of the table, how hard was it really for the bargain signing?

A familiar feeling

Arsenal, down to 10 men after Carl Jenkinson's sending off, held on to claim a 1-0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

1-0 to the Arsenal. Down to 10 men. It's like the belated merging of the George Graham and (early-to-mid) Arsene Wenger eras has finally come.

When Twitter goes wrong

The current cycle of football commentary on Twitter:

1) Goalkeeper in televised game (in this case, Joe Hart) makes mistake

2) Said goalkeeper is criticised for said mistake

3) Despite said goalkeeper being criticised, some [Man Utd] fans feel inspired to pipe up "If that was David de Gea..."

4) Everyone else loses the will to live.

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