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Reds' title bid ends & a classic case of mistaken identity

ESPN staff
March 16, 2013
A rainbow across Goodison Park on Saturday - but where did it lead? © PA Photos

The Imposter

The build-up to Everton's victory over Manchester City was dominated by an unusual moment when an Everton fan (at least, that is what subsequent reports said he was) in full Manchester City kit (complete with No. 9 on the back of the shirt) attempted to join in with the City players' pre-match warm-up.

Unfortunately for the creative imposter, he was thwarted by the alert Goodison Park stewards - who hauled him away to face his fate with police, who promptly arrested him.

Presumably, as some of the wittier wags on Twitter quickly noted, there were red faces all-round when the police subsequently realised they had locked up Scott Sinclair*. It's not his fault he's been so anonymous since moving to the Etihad Stadium.

A true six-pointer

At one point during the afternoon, when Villa were behind to Jermaine Jenas' strike, QPR were just one point behind their nervy opponents in the as-results-stand Premier League table.

By the final whistle, however, Villa had turned things on their head completely - sitting a proud seven points ahead of Harry Redknapp's men after engineering a 3-2 victory. Now that's what you call an important game at the bottom of the table.

A small case of mistaken identity

In a touching piece in the Daily Star on Saturday, Paul Merson wrote an article about his recollections of Eamonn Dolan - the current caretaker manager of Reading - during their time together at Arsenal as emerging players.

Only one problem with that ... Merson actually played for the Gunners with Eamonn's twin brother, Pat.

"I always knew he'd make a coach back when we were at Arsenal growing up together," Merson waxed somewhat lyrically, showing he had real talent-spotting ability from an early age (for what it's worth, Pat is currently an agent and media personality).

Merson continued: "He was a centre-half and it didn't really work out for him there." (Eamonn was a striker.)

"They cut him when he was still a youth team/reserve team player." (Eamonn never signed terms with Arsenal.)

"He's a good lad who knows his football and when he talks, you listen." (But, when he tells you his name, you don't.)

"He was always staying round my parents' house at weekends." (He must have got annoyed at everyone getting his name wrong.)

"But he always knew about football. He was always interested in the other side of it." (We'll take your word for it, Merse.)

Memory, eh? It can play tricks on you.

At the end of the rainbow

During Manchester City's drab defeat to Everton, a rainbow materialised across the Goodison Park pitch. However rumours that, rather than a pot of gold, the end of the rainbow actually led to Yaya Toure's latest wage slip unfortunately proved unfounded.

The Ivorian, incidentally, missed the game with a migraine. Ironic then that, without him, it was actually heart his team-mates appeared to lack as they failed to live with their hungry opponents.

A public service announcement for one half of Merseyside

Saturday's results mean, unfortunately, that it is now mathematically impossible for Liverpool to win the Premier League this season.

Perhaps making matters even worse for followers of Brendan Rodgers' tribe, Everton's victory over Man City means the Reds' arch-rivals can still lift the title - although, admittedly, it is probably not an outcome anyone should be putting any money on.

*Unfortunately it wasn't actually Scott Sinclair. Just for the record.

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