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o Fulham looked tired, flat-footed and completely uninspired at Craven Cottage on Saturday. If Martin Jol's men can't beat a bottom of the table Wigan side while playing at home, they're a mid-table team at best this season.
o And speaking of bottom of the table, congrats to Uncle 'arry for eking out another point at home versus his old club in Saturday's early kickoff. A fancy over-the-shoulder ball flip from Shaun Wright-Phillips proved the most notable play of the game, with both the veteran midfielder and his teammates beginning to find some form. The question remains, though: will it be enough, or have Rangers saved it for too late?
o They may have been shut out on Saturday, but one of the hottest teams in the League also kept the home side off the score sheet, as Swansea City and Everton battled to a scoreless draw. The Swans have hit form again these past few weeks -- ask Chelsea and Arsenal for their thoughts on the matter -- and holding the home side to nothing at Goodison Park is a much better result than most teams have managed this season.
o We only have one question about the game, though: Who designed the Swans' away kits? Santa Claus?
o Referee Mike Dean grew his fan club this weekend, adding legions of haters from North London and new ones from Manchester to those he causes to see red. Used to being at the forefront of controversy, Dean's performance made us realize it's not just Manchester United he screws: it's United, City and Arsenal.
o We've excoriated Wojciech Sczcesny many times before on this page, but his hand poke of a ball from the feet of Carlos Tevez on a breakaway may have been the best save of the season, even if it came in the midst of another "timid" performance by the Gunners.
o Most players have found Asmir Begovic almost impossible to beat this season. But not Player of the Week Jonathan Walters, who bagged an own goal brace for Chelsea -- all while playing for Stoke City. Which just goes to show that if you want to do something difficult, you've got to do it yourself. And making the afternoon even more unfortunate for Walters, he managed to miss his hat trick attempt at the other side of the pitch. Oh, well, there's always next week....
This is farlieonfootie for January 16.