Goal of the Week : Cameron Stuart vs Leeds
This game looked good from the start with both teams performing fairly well in recent weeks and scoring plenty of goals between them. I would have gone for a draw at the beginning with Leeds only picking up 3 more points in the last 6 games. Also Charlton were the home team so you would have thought the home fans would inspire the players. However, Leeds won 4-2 in the end after a great performance from Ross McCormack who scored all 4 for the Lilly whites.
However, Charlton had their moments such as Stuart’s goal and, despite losing 4-2 in the end, Stuart’s goal was quality. After the ball was cleared by the Leeds defence, Cameron was able to volley it superbly towards goal and the Leeds defence was helpless to see the ball drop below Paddy Kenny in the Leeds goal and hit the back of the net. An excellent way to score your first goal at home for Charlton. Looking back on the goal itself, the way Stuart hit the ball and the way in dipped mid-flight resembles Robin van Persie’s premier league winning goal for Manchester United last season and the quality of the whole thing is nothing short of Premier League quality. Perhaps this goal will grab the attention of the manager of his parent club, Hull city?
Also worth a shout : Gareth Mcleary vs QPR
At the start of the season, both teams would have looked forward to this one with great anticipation. To teams looking to regain promotion to the premier league coming head to head for the first time since relegation to the championship. However, this fixture didn’t quite live up to the pre-season hype as both teams found themselves some distance from leaders Burnley and even a win wouldn’t be enough to have either climb to the top of the league. At the start of the game, I expected a win for visitors QPR.
However, a super effort from Gareth Mcleary from about 30 yards curled away from Rob Green and went into the QPR goal, taking a deflection off the left post as it did. The accuracy of the shot was reason enough for this goal getting picked over Joey Barton’s late equaliser for QPR which, despite being a good free kick, was fairly straight forward for a player with his ability.
Performance of the week : Jamie Paterson vs Leicester City
Derby games always prove to be feisty and eventful and this one looked to deliver. Going into this game, Leicester were clear favourites having been undefeated at home thus far this season and Forest being very out of form as of late picking up 1 point from the last three games. I expected the foxes to win.
However, Forest triumphed against their East Midlands rivals at the King Power Stadium partly down to the 21-year old’s impressive display. After having few starts this season for the reds, Paterson got his chance and delivered, playing a huge part in Forest’s opener. Paterson set-up Lansbury, who very nearly got a second but instead won a corner (which Mackie scored from to put the reds 2 nil up). Paterson also added a 3rd right at the start of the second half when he forced the best out of Kasper Schmeical in the Leicester goal. After that, he continued to put in a good shift, contributing to forests defensive efforts through the remainder of the second half and helped them to a clean sheet. The final score was 2-0 to forest and an all-round excellent performance for both Forest and Paterson.
Also worth a shout : Bournemouth vs Burnley
The entire Bournemouth team deserved a shoutout as they held on against an in form Burnley who sit at the top of the league to earn a 1-1 draw at . Bournemouth’s opening goal was excellent and that was despite being pinned back to 1-1 by ex-Bournemouth player Danny Ings. They defended well and got a great point away from home in Lancashire. Individually, Bournemouth’s loanee keeper from west Brom Lee camp made an excellent save to deny a great free kick in the dying moments of the game which would have won Burnley the game and sent Bournemouth home with nothing despite their efforts.
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