I'm disappointed in the results this weekend. With Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa all dropping points this was the perfect opportunity for City to add a psychological hammer blow to the proceedings. You'll read a lot of twaddle elsewhere about how the Everton result doesn't matter because all of City's competitors stubbed their toe etc. and they are wrong. When your competitors are losing, or in this case drawing, winning is the most important thing.
Chelsea, United and Arsenal march relentlessly on and Arsenal's game in hand is against the same Bolton team that they convincingly defeated today. I don't see any way that these three are not the top three teams at the end of the year.
At the bottom another precious point for West Ham and given their goal difference I don't really see them as a realistic relegation candidate. Their continued presence at the wrong end of the table is obviously a concern for their fans but I'm pretty sure that Zola comes good.
Strange weekend as there wasn't one decent match up to get really interested in. Stoke draws with Liverpool. Yawn. Chelsea demolish an under manned Sunderland that would have been expected to lose at full strength. With no Catermole or Richardson the Black Cats were in trouble before they got off the team coach. United beat Burnley highlighted only by disgruntled United fans posting online about how bad they have been playing. I'm no fan of Old Purple Nose but given the injuries and yes poor play of the United side, second in the league so far is actually impressive. Tough crowd.
Spurs had another home hiccup, this time against Hull and if anything keeps Harry Redknapp's team behind City at the end of the year it will be this tendency to drop points that they should be taking. Wigan winning at Wolves was huge for Wigan. With Coyle leaving Burnley I'd vault the Clarets ahead of Wigan in the race for the "coveted" third relegation spot, but this still screams final weekend resolution.
Fulham lost more than three points at Blackburn with the injury to Clint Dempsey. With Bobby Zamora also out Fulham are going to be stretched beyond their current squad. Yet manager Roy Hodgson is quoted as not going into the market. This seems to be the story at the moment, the almost non existent transfer market during the transfer window.
Which is baffling with how much money is at stake if a club is relegated from the Premier League. Burnley typifies this approach. They have no expectations of staying in the Premier League and have made sure that their players are paid accordingly. In this light it eady to see why Owen Coyle left and went to Bolton. Portrayed in the press and by fans as a lateral move instead it was a step up as Bolton aspire to remain a Premier League club while Burnley are just happy to be here.