- Premier League: Plays of the Day
Carroll's hairy secret, Tevez back in the swing of things
As Liverpool came from behind to book their place in the FA Cup final and Manchester City hit Norwich for six at Carrow Road, we look at some of the best bits from all Saturday's action...
Zero to hero
In the week that director of football Damien Comolli departed Liverpool, the spotlight was on a number of big-name signings to justify their hefty transfer fees. That was no more evident than in £35 million striker Andy Carroll, who could have had a hat-trick before finally netting the 87th-minute winner. The former Newcastle targetman had a free header at the far post after an inch-perfect cross from Stewart Downing, but inexplicably nodded wide. But with the match heading for extra-time, Carroll nodded a late winner to book a third Wembley outing for the Reds.
The first two goals came courtesy of some comedy defending from both sides at Wembley. Daniel Agger looked like a rabbit in headlights as he failed to lash the ball out of danger when the ball bounced in the Liverpool penalty area. Jamie Carragher stepped in, but his attempted clearance bounced off Tim Cahill and into the path of Nikica Jelavic, who coolly slotted past Brad Jones.
Not to be outdone, Sylvain Distin's attempted backpass to Tim Howard was woefully short, allowing Luis Suarez to nip in and slot past Tim Howard.
Places to be, people to see
Full credit to hat-trick hero Carlos Tevez, who took matters into his own hands when the post-match presentation started moving too slowly for his tastes. After Vincent Kompany had finished answering an opening question from Sky's Andy Burton, Tevez interrupted, asking "Am I man of the match?" When Burton confirmed that to be the case, Tevez took the magnum of champagne off Kompany and attempt to make a quick escape.
Burton blocked him off as Tevez tried to make his way back to the safe, question-free haven of the City dressing room, before making the questionable decision to ask whether he had dived in the first half (an incident for which he was booked). Tevez, seemingly offended by the question (that's presuming he understood it, of course), shot Burton a dirty look before ducking under the camera and away to freedom. Kompany, not for the first time for City this season, was left to pick up the pieces.
Stop me if you've heard this one before
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea midfielder and all-round revelation, scored his second and third goals (although there is some controversy around the latter) since being named the Premier League player of the month for March for, er, scoring a lot of goals. The Iceland international now has eight for the Swans since making the switch in January. Fernando Torres doesn't know where to look.
Nik's a snip
Everton may have seen their last hopes of silverware this season snatched from their grasp, but they will take heart from the performance of striker Nikica Jelavic. While Carroll cost their Merseyside rivals a hefty £35 million, Jelavic looks a snip at £5.5m with five goals in as many games for Everton. Not a bad return from the Croatian. Another shrewd signing for David Moyes, who proved that you don't always need to spend big.
Swing when you're winning
Of course, what credit Tevez gained for his goalscoring and interview exploits he may have thrown away with one of his celebrations. Pilloried around the country for swanning off to Argentina to play golf for half the season, Tevez rubbed that controversy in our collective faces somewhat by celebrating with a golf swing (copyright: Craig Bellamy). It wasn't even a particularly good swing - to our trained eye his grip was all wrong, and he certainly looked to have brought the (imaginary) club up far too much on the inside.
Still, maybe we should just appreciate the change. At least he's pretending to be a golfer while actually playing football these days, rather than actually playing golf while still pretending to still be a footballer as he was previously...
The hair care bunch
Thank you to Martin Kelly, via his official Twitter account, for this little titbit about Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson's special relationship. Ignore the spelling, although we really do like the idea of 'wining' goals. 'Stop your ruddy whining, goals, why can't you just be happy?!'