As the Barclays Premier League winds to a close with only 4 fixtures left (5 for the midweek teams and 6 for Man City), I thought we’d do something a little special and present the top 5 goals from the Easter weekend’s action. It was an exciting weekend which saw Fernando Torres end his 15-hour goal drought by netting one against the Hammers, a last minute Cohen goal for Bolton all but end Arsenal’s hopes for any silverware this season and a Maxi Rodriguez hat-trick at Anfield which saw Liverpool overrun a lackluster Birmingham outfit.
#5 Darren Bent v Stoke
There’s just something so satisfying about curling headers. Darren Bent’s effort, with some help from the post left Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic scrambling and helped Villa rescue a point.
#4 Van Persie v Bolton
This goal goes to show that the one-two is still one of the simplest but most effective tactics in football. Here, Van Persie does well to find Fabregas inside the penalty box from the wing who returns it first time for the Dutch international to slot into the bottom right. Although the Gunners are facing yet another trophyless season (that’s six years now), they still show here that they can play the most attractive football in the Premier League. It’s a shame that teams don’t get points for style…
#3 Cohen v Arsenal
Cohen’s 90th minute header gave Bolton the win, but it was the emotional tribute to the player’s father that gets it into the top five. The player lifted his jersey following the goal, to reveal a shirt bearing a photograph of Tamir’s father, Avi, who passed away in December last year in a motorcycle accident.
#2 Cox v Spurs
The fight for 4th place and Champions League qualification next year looks like another Spurs v Man City bout. Here, Tottenham could only grab a point as a sublime 20 yard curler by West Brom striker Simon Cox cancelled out Jermain Defoe’s 66th minute strike. The move to make space for the shot, the amount of curl, Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes grabbing air. Brilliant.
#1 Torres v West Ham
It’s not everyday that you will see Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti smile. We are all used to that same expression. The infamous raised left eyebrow which tells you that yet again, Chelsea have conceded goals and probably lost the game. Despite the most depressing of weather conditions that we have seen in West London all season, Torres still managed to produce a controlled finish and finally end his much publicised goal drought. The left foot strike was placed neatly in the bottom left corner and at the passionate Matthew Harding end of Stamford Bridge. Special mention goes to Nicolas Anelka who put in the right amount of power on the pass for Torres to latch on to and find the net. It will be very interesting to see what kind of game Torres will have against Chelsea’s next opponent, Spurs, especially as Ancelotti is considering starting him alongside Drogba. Will we see a new free-flowing Torres scoring more and more?