Michael Thot

Raised in Seattle WA. Sounders FC, United States, and Liverpool supporter.

Newcastle 1 Everton 2 | Match & Stats Report

Newcastle 1 Everton 2 | Match & Stats Report

Newcastle and Everton both fought hard to secure points at St. James' Park. A terrific free-kick from Leighton Baines and a another effort from Victor Anichebe sealed the win for Everton after Newcastle took an early lead through Papiss Cisse. Both sides had an equal share of the ball. Neither side strove to control the possession, and both seemed keen on quickly placing the ball in dangerous areas. The result was a possession split right down with middle, with half …
QPR 0 Liverpool 3 | Match & Stats Report

QPR 0 Liverpool 3 | Match & Stats Report

Brendan Rodgers was not present at Liverpool's 0-3 thrashing of QPR at Loftus Road due to illness, but his absence was hardly felt. Liverpool displayed a continuing comfort with their possession system, and that system's defensive potential was shown on Sunday. In the other dugout, Harry Redknapp will surely be feeling the weight of the Herculean task ahead of him. Salvaging QPR's campaign is surely starting to look a more difficult prospect as Rangers have now lost three matches in …
Norwich 0 Chelsea 1 | Match Stats Report

Norwich 0 Chelsea 1 | Match Stats Report

Chelsea best Norwich by a single goal in a match that felt contained and calm. Chris Hughton’s side never looked too close to scoring. In fact, at times neither did Chelsea. It was only a magnificent long shot from Mata that gave Chelsea their three points. Chelsea rotated some members of their squad following their 8-0 massacre of Aston Villa at Stamford bridge. Frank Lampard sat on the bench to start and was replaced by John Obi Mikel. Eden Hazard …
Chelsea 8 Aston Villa 0 | Match & Stats Report

Chelsea 8 Aston Villa 0 | Match & Stats Report

Seven different goal scorers contributed to Chelsea’s 8-0 win against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea finished practically every chance they were presented with, with the glaring exception of one missed penalty. It was a straight forward match. Torres scored within three minutes and Chelsea never looked like conceding. Chelsea dominated and Villa utterly folded. Chelsea lined up in a familiar formation. Lampard and Luiz anchored the midfield behind Hazard, Mata, and Moses. Luiz’s move from central defense to midfield …
Reading 2 Arsenal 5 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Reading 2 Arsenal 5 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

It wasn't 5-7, but it was still highly entertaining stuff on Monday at the Madejski Stadium. Arsenal may be in something of a crisis after losing to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, but a strong showing at the Madejski Stadium will have Arsene Wenger pleased. Arsenal put 4 unanswered goals past Reading before McDermott’s men managed to find 2 opportunistic goals within five minutes of each other. Readings orthodox 4-4-2 was stretched by Arsenal’s superior numbers in midfield. …
West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Liverpool and West Ham played out a hotly contested match at Upton Park. Liverpool just edged the encounter with two goals from former West Ham players (a Glen Johnson screamer & good finish from Joe Cole) and one own goal by James Collins. Despite the close margin, Liverpool created triple the scoring chances of West Ham with 12 to The Hammers’ 4. Their possession play resulted in a strong 61% share of the ball. West Ham ceded possession control and …
Reading 3 Manchester United 4 | Match & Stats Report

Reading 3 Manchester United 4 | Match & Stats Report

It was a very straightforward match at the Madejski Stadium. It was also one of the most exciting matches of the season thus far, if not the most. Both teams looked set to score at any point during the match. After the full 90 minutes there were 18 scoring chances created between the teams. Manchester United slumped at the back and conceded three goals after finally getting a clean-sheet against West Ham last weekend. Reading for their part looked deadly …
Swansea 0 Liverpool 0 | Match & Stats Report

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0 | Match & Stats Report

Brendan Rodgers return to his former club ended in a balanced 0-0 draw. Both teams played similarly controlled passing styles. Both also created a fair number of scoring chances, but neither displayed the ability to finish them. Liverpool will feel they were closest to three points at the end of the day. Raheem Sterling hit the woodwork and Jose Enrique had a goal narrowly called offside. Ultimately, a draw is hardly an unfair result. The match was shockingly balanced, even …
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