Some beginning weekend bullets:
• Charlie Davies’ update: Sochaux coach Francis Gillot came out Saturday and said that Charlie Davies isn’t Ligue 1 ready yet, despite having played with the reserves for some time.
The coach also said that he is making slow progress, and that there is a possibility that he might go out on loan in January so he can get playing time.
[Matthew,] If he gets loaned to a French club, I’ll give you more information about the club when it happens. Anything below second division would be very bad. Ligue 2 is still better than the Swedish Allsvenskan though.
This report from our good friend Martin Michelot who writes Ligue1Talk.com — if you’re looking for Ligue 1 info, that’s the place to go.
• Everton knot Chelsea on the road.
First off, this is Chelsea’s modus operandi every year. Start out searing, face adversity and injury and swoon, battle back for a top three finish. (And note, this is Manchester United’s “mo” as well, start out extremely slow and then start revving up around December-January).
Anywho, Everton eek out a gritty win on the road with a moment of individual brilliance Saturday as Leighton Baines skips past three Blues’ defenders, skyballs a cross to who-else-but-Tim Cahill, who heads back beautifully for Jermaine Beckford to nod home.
What I was amazed at in this one as how one-dimensional Everton were for most of the game. Sure, Fellainiand Jack Rodwell played complementary and well in the middle of the field, but for nearly 65 minutes Everton kept trying to stuff the ball up Seamus Coleman’s right wing without employing the switch field often enough. Coleman did the best he could against Ashley Cole and some poor reffing decisions, but on the other side of the field Everton had space–of course they don’t have the opposing wide player in the front six to do anything with that space.
It wasn’t until David Moyes–finally–flipped Coleman for Everton to the left side that the offense opened up for the Toffees. Yet, they took advantage and earned the draw.
On the Chelsea side of the ball, you’ve got Frank Lampard coming back–and that’s it. Time for someone else to step up at the ‘Bridge.
Wait? Did we just mention Fellaini–Miss TSG’s favorite player–here?! Well then….
• Fulham may have lost to Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, but if you had a chance to watch the small London club you can see that Clint is starting more and more to be the conduit for the offense. As we mentioned on Twitter, we once labeled the prolific Dennis Berkgamp as being a great possible mentor for Mr. Nacodelicious and the Deuce is starting to play more and more like him each day.
That said, Samir Nasri stole the show for the home side on Saturday.
• Bolton neglected to burnish Stu Holden at their opposition Manchester City on Saturday. A 1-0 loss nevertheless was enough to continue to suggest that the Wandering Sperm of Greater Manchester are poised to be at least a top eight club this year–they’ll need to keep free of injuries though with a rather light bench.
Afterward, Bolton captain Kevin Davies had this to say on Twitter–which he later apologized for–about Carlos Tevez and City:
Seeing Tevez reaction to being subbed assures me there is problems within at city, great players individually but as a team
Not a shocking conclusion, but you have to like the feistiness if you’re a Bolton fan.
• 90 minutes and a goal on a free kick into the box that looked redirected but wasn’t for Michael Bradley in Bo’Munchen’s loss to Hannover. You can see the kick here.
Meanwhile, our Gooch watched failed–miserably–as Titus Bramble’s former partner in central defense for Newcastle didn’t make the 11, the 18 or anything else for Milan.
• Some plain wild action Saturday in the College Cup. Akron zips up the victory in penalties to defeat the pesky Cal Bears of Berkeley. Michigan upends TSG favorite Maryland and UCLA goes up 3-1 on Lousville on the road…only to give up four more and fall 5-4 to the Cardinals.
We couldn’t find video of the victory so we give you the Louisville celebration.
• Spectornado goes today for West Ham…breathlessly waiting…