Before I get to part two of the transfer overview, let’s take a look at what went on in the Premier League yesterday:
Bolton vs. Everton
Landon Donovan’s first match back with the other Toffees club did not go as planned, and Bolton managed to secure themselves three valuable points in their battle against relegation, but the highlight of the night has to belong to Tim Howard. Howard took advantage of a charitable wind gust that sent his booming clearance bouncing over Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan’s head and into the back of the net for the match’s opening goal. Howard seemed genuinely shocked by what had happened, but celebrated his goal in a style reminiscent of Dimitar Berbatov. After Howard’s 63rd minute opener, the Toffees let the game slip away from them, conceding two goals in the match’s final 25 minutes. The first goal went to David Ngog who received a pass in the penalty area, but dribbled between two Everton defenders and finished past an outstretched Tim Howard. The wind again played a factor in Bolton’s second goal after a Tim Howard punch was corralled by Chris Eagles and moved along to Tim Cahill who smashed it home for the games winning goal. After this match the question burning on everybody’s mind is who will finish with more Premier League goals, Tim Howard or Fernando Torres?
Bolton 2, Everton 1
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Manchester United vs. Newcastle United
The match started off a tenuous affair, with both sides earning chances in the match’s opening moments. Manchester United was denied a goal off of a Dimitar Berbatov header that deflected off Davide Santon struck the post before running out of play, but from there out the match belonged to Newcastle. After shouts for a penalty went unheard in the 25th minute, Demba Ba opened the scoring for Newcastle after latching onto a Shola Ameobi ball and volleyed it past Lindegaard. The first half ended with a couple more scoring opportunities for Newcastle, but they were unable to add to their tally before the halftime whistle. That changed just after the kickoff for the second half, when Yohan Cabaye unleashed a fantastic right footed free kick into the top left corner of the net. Man U’s best opportunity to score came when Wayne Rooney got his foot to a cross and set it past Tim Krul, but Danny Simpson was in the right position and cleared the ball off the line to keep the clean sheet for Newcastle. The woes continued for the Red Devils as Phil Jones headed a long ball past Lindegaard for the final goal. A rough day for Manchester United at St. James Park as they lose pace with Manchester City who remain in sole possession of first place.
Manchester United 0, Newcastle United 3
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