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Premier League 2012/13: Hit or miss?

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The Premier League season ended almost a fortnight ago, and it is hard to come to a conclusion as to whether this season has been a good one or not.

When compared to last year there was never going to be an ending like it, with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scoring that memorable goal - and with an all-time low of only 79 points required to win the league this year it could easily be argued that this has in fact been the worst season in Premier League history.

However, with a large number of other stand-out moments this season has, in its own way, given us something to look back on with fondness. 

For some clubs this campaign will be remembered as one of despair and hopelessness, but while those at Queens Park Rangers languished at the foot of the Premier League table it allowed others to count their blessings.

And hopefully those QPR fans who have had to sit and watch 90 minutes of pitiful football most weeks will find solace with a mass clear-out and reshaping to the team in the Championship by Harry Redknapp who is, by all accounts, a very decent manager.

Perhaps this season will really only be remembered by fans of certain teams. Swansea City fans, for example, might remember about half of it.

Playing some scintillating football - beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates and drawing with Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea - their season seemed to end when they won the Capital One Cup final 5-0 against Bradford City and decided that was them sorted with European football in the bag.

Teams like Fulham, West Ham, Stoke, West Brom, Norwich, Sunderland, and Southampton who all had, at some point, been worried about getting pulled into a relegation dog-fight, or surprising push up the table, in the case of West Brom have fizzled out into typical mid-table mediocrity. 

Tottenham and Everton and Liverpool have all had their typical spell of dreaming about Champions League football and then had no-one to blame but themselves for finishing just short of their goals.

Tottenham will perhaps be the more disappointed of the three, having had a sensational start to the season and throughout its course pulling of wins over Manchester United, City and Arsenal still to finish outside of the top five due to, most likely, the lack of a prolific and always fit striker.

Gareth Bale will, however, remain a standout image of the 2012/13 campaign with a Player of the Season award to take with him for his efforts in this year's league - he has been a shining light in an otherwise dull fog.

Sensational goals against West Ham and Sunderland once again kept Spurs' dream alive but even this Welsh wizard could not fire Tottenham to the title of the best team in north London.

Wigan Athletic finally succumbed to the drop-zone permanently - and even though players like Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney threatened to keep their season alive it will be altogether one to forget - the dramatic FA Cup victory aside - for the Latics.

Reading, similarly, will limp into the Championship with few fond memories.

Super-sub Adam Le Fondre may remember his goals from the bench, including one in a 3-2 victory over West Brom, with three Reading goals scored in the last nine minutes.

This will not compensate for an overall poor campaign. Aston Villa may look towards the end of the Premier League season with fondness, and a 2-1 victory over Stoke all but securing safety followed by a 6-1 riot over Sunderland bodes well for next year;s league outings. However, having spent most of this campaign troubled by injuries and slipping precariously close to the bottom three they will probably be glad to see the back end of this season.

Chelsea and Manchester City both showed brilliance followed by periods of disastrous play; neither team hitting the heights expected of themselves as title-challengers, with City lacking behind United by 11 points at the close of play. Both teams will simply want to regroup and hope to mount a more successful charge with new managers at the helm next year.

Perhaps this is a season to remember only to the fans who won it.

Manchester United fans will look back at the countless comebacks against teams like Aston Villa, Southampton, Newcastle and Liverpool and smile at the fact there team was ruthless and unwavering in their pursuit of bringing the title back to Old Trafford.

They gave some memorable moments on their way like Robin van Persie's last-minute free-kick winner against City and that last day 5-5 draw with West Brom but, overall, they did not have to be at their best to win back the league this year and I think it can be agreed that this year was not at all a classic but does beautifully set up what will be an exciting and enthralling 2013/14 Premier League.

 

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