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WEEKEND UPDATE: Nigerians in the Premier League

By Arinze Ude

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READING 0-2 SOUTHAMPTON

Promising young midfielder, Hope Akpan was handed a starting berth by his new coach, Nigel Adkins but was taken off in the 46th minute for Mikele Leigertwood. Adkins couldn’t orchestrate a revenge win over his former employers; his side lost 2-nil. Jay Rodrigues scored his third goal in three matches before Adam Llana put the game to bed.

TOTTENHAM 2-2 EVERTON

Victor Anichebe played full time in the battle for Champions League spot between his team and Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor and Gyifi Sigurdsson scored for Spurs while Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas did the honours for the Toffees.

NEWCASTLE 1-0 FULHAM

Shola Ameobi was a 69th minute substitute for French winger, Yohann Gouffran. Pappis Cisse scored the only goal of the game as Newcastle try to evade relegation.

CHELSEA 2-1 SUNDERLAND

Paolo Di Canio’s reign as Sunderland coach started with a loss as Mikel Obi marshalled Chelsea’s midfield for 90 minutes of play but Victor Moses didn’t even make the bench. Branislav Ivanovic scored the winner after own-goals were scored at both ends.

QPR 1-1 WIGAN

Nedum Onuoha started the game on the bench but was called into action when his team was reduced to ten men after Bobby Zamora was sent for an early bath. Loic Remy thought he had scored the winner for Rangers until Shaun Maloney popped up to curl a free kick past Julio Cesar right at the end.

WEST BROM 1-2 ARSENAL

Coach Steve Clarke left Peter Odemwingie out of the West Brom squad that faced Arsenal on Saturday. Arsenal kept their hopes of a fourth place finish with a 2-1 win, Tomas Rosicky scored both goals. German defender, Per Mertesacker was given a straight red for hacking down Shane Long in the area; James Morrison scored the resulting penalty.

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Chojare Pamela Agboga is a Legal Practitioner, Writer, Editor, Chartered Secretary and Administrator. She is currently working on her first novel 'Weekends are for Loving' as well as a devotional for women.

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