With two FA Cup weekends and the transfer window last month, the minds of some clubs in the Premier League may have been elsewhere in January, but the games still produced quality moments and goals…
What we can see from the table
- Arsenal lost their place at the top of the table, as Manchester City continued their superb form.
- The Citizens won all four of their league games this month.
- Despite a change of boss, Cardiff picked up no points the whole month and slipped to bottom.
- Everton dropped off slightly and have fallen out of the top four.
- After picking up just one point last month, Stoke have gone from looking safe in 12th to being in the relegation battle in 16th.
Player of the month
Adam Johnson – Sunderland
In a month which saw a rejuvenated Sunderland, Adam Johnson was on red-hot form, and has now being widely tipped for a recall to Roy Hodgson’s squad. The winger scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory at Fulham before hitting the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Southampton. He completed the month by taking his goal tally to five with the winner against Stoke City, a result which lifted Gus Poyet’s side to 14th in the Barclays Premier League table.
2nd – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
3rd – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Manager of the month
Manuel Pellegrini – Manchester City
The Chilean wins the award for the second month in a row, as his City side continued their superb form, winning four out of four games and knocking Arsenal off the top spot. Their goalscoring feats also continued as they scored 14 this month, and in their 4-2 win against Cardiff, Edin Dzeko scored the club’s 100th goal in all competitions this season. Their month also ended in style as they smashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 at White Hart Lane. If they weren’t before, City are now most people’s favourite to win the title, and Pellegrini’s management has contributed to that massively.
2nd – Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)
3rd – Tony Pulis (Crystal Palace)
Goal of the month
Daniel Sturridge vs Everton (sorry this is the best video I could get)
2nd – Chris Brunt vs Aston Villa
3rd – Ashley Young vs Cardiff City
Others worth mentioning
- Charlie Adam vs Liverpool
- Gareth Barry vs Norwich City
- Eden Hazard vs Hull City
- Fabian Delph vs West Brom
- Alexander Kolarov vs Swansea
- Santi Cazorla vs Fulham
- Adam Johnson vs Southampton
- Kevin Mirallas vs Aston Villa
Game of the month
Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion
In a remarkable Midlands derby, West Brom led 2-0 inside nine minutes through Chris Brunt’s 25-yard effort and Fabian Delph’s own goal. Andreas Weimann lobbed in to pull one back, Leandro Bacuna levelled with a fortunate effort and Delph put Villa ahead with a fierce drive, all inside 37 minutes. Youssouf Mulumbu shot through Brad Guzan’s legs to make it 3-3 at half-time but Christian Benteke scored a penalty to win it for Villa just after the hour mark. Read the full match report here.
2nd – Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool
Read the full match report here.
3rd – Liverpool 4-0 Everton
Read the full match report here.
Although there were no managerial sackings in January, both Cardiff and West Brom appointed replacements to managers they sacked in December by bringing in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pepe Mel respectively.
Games to look out for in February
We’ve already seen the Tyne-Wear derby and Manchester City lose their perfect home record this month, but what other fixtures are there to look forward to this month?
- Liverpool vs Arsenal (08/02)
- Swansea City vs Cardiff City (08/02)
- Arsenal vs Manchester United (12/02)
- Manchester City vs Sunderland (12/02) – the Black Cats have been City’s bogey team in recent years and the teams meet in the Capital One Cup final at the beginning of March.