The look on Boaz Myhill’s face said it all. With just nine minutes on the clock at the Hawthorns, visitors Manchester City had taken the lead against home side West Bromwich Albion.
He’ll be the first to admit he should’ve done better as Yaya Toure’s shot trickled over the line, with a couple of touches along the way pointing to the Dubious Goals Panel, but Myhill’s face was a picture. Send help, we’ve got 81 minutes of this to come. Here we go, the floodgates have opened. Brace yourselves boys. He wasn’t far wrong.
Manuel Pellegrini had the luxury of watching his fellow title contenders step up to the plate before him during the opening weekend of the Premier League season. The Chilean saw Manchester United kick it all off in unconvincing style, with a 1-0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur, aided in part by a Kyle Walker own goal, the talking point in an otherwise underwhelming victory.
The City manager wouldn’t have been too concerned by events at Stamford Bridge either. A spirited Swansea side, assisted by Thibaut Courtois’ red card and subsequent penalty, held Champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw. It was a lacklustre start from Jose Mourinho’s men, who has managed to deflect the disappointment of the first game of his title defence ending in a draw onto Eva Carneiro. #scapegoat