Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 12/1/13
Ask not for whom the bell Jols, it Jols for thee Martin Jol was desperate for a good result, or at least a good performance, as his Fulham side travelled to Upton Park. The Dutchman was facing mounting speculation before the game and his sides 3-0 defeat turned out to be the final nail in the coffin. After the sides fifth defeat in a row Jol was sacked as manager on Sunday afternoon. Rene Meulenstee, who made his name as youth team manager at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, will take over his duties. The sacking means that all three sides who currently reside within the relegation zone, Crystal Palace and Sunderland, have already changed managers this season. Arsenal pass the Cardiff test There are certain tests that a team must pass to lift the Premier League title, this season the trip to Cardiff is one of those. The Cardiff City stadium has already seen fellow championship contenders Manchester City beaten and Manchester United draw last weekend. When it came to Arsenal’s trip they made no mistakes, scoring three goals and taking all three points. Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a first half lead and they made the points safe with two late goals from Mathieu Flamini and the third from Ramsey. Play to the whistle Often listed as “rule number one” on amateur pitches across the country, always play to the whistle. However, it would appear that Olivier Giroud had forgotten this in the first half against Cardiff. A cross field ball found Giroud yards behind the Cardiff defence with a clear path to goal. However, the Frenchman slowed to a stop thinking he was offside. With no whistle the pause became a shrug as everyone in the ground stood confused as to exactly what was happening, by the time he’d worked it out the defence had backtracked and the chance had passed. Spurs bounce back Tottenham had a hard day at the office last week conceding six at the Etihad. The Spurs fans demanded better from their side at home this weekend against the defending champions Manchester United. Spurs showed the spark and spirit they lacked last weekend and found the net for the first time in four games, scoring twice through Walker and a stunning strike from Sandro. Had it not been for Wayne Rooney’s two goals Spurs would have claimed all three points. Sandro only scores screamers The Brazilian has only three goals so far from his three years at Tottenham but what he lacks in quantity he makes up for in quality. His first was a stunning 30 yard volley at Stamford Bridge, his second was a dipping 35 yard strike at Craven Cottage and his third, scored this weekend, was no less sublime. With 54 minutes on the clock against Manchester United Sandro twisted and turned 25 yards out before unleashing a wonder strike, dipping inside the post to give Spurs a 2-1 lead. Liverpool go to Hull and back After the fight and fury of last weeks Merseyside derby that the Liverpool players might have been looking forward to a trip to lower in the league side Hull. What awaited the Reds at the KC Stadium was a nasty surprise. Looking to avoid their sixth straight defeat Hull proved formidable opponents, they shocked everyone by beating the Brendan Rodgers side 3-1. The Reds clearly missed injured striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been ruled out for seven weeks with an ankle injury. The result is Hull City’s first ever defeat over Liverpool. Goal in 13 seconds Goals after 13 seconds are rare, at least, they were before this season. When Jay Rodriguez capitalised on a sloppy pass back to score early for Southampton he became the third player this season to score after 13 seconds. Rodriguez shares this honour with Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic and Manchester City’s Jesus Navas.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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