23 November 2004

Aston Villa (0) 1 (Solano 57)
Spurs (0) 0

Nol Solano's superbly taken goal was enough to earn all three points for
Aston Villa as Sours slipto their sixth defeat in a row. The first half
saw chances at a premium with Carlton Cole having a shot saved at the near
post for the home side, whilst Michael Brown was similarly denied at the
other end. The deadlock was broken just before the hour mark as a corner was
glanced on by Gavin McCann and after taking a touch at the far post, Solano
acrobatically volleyed home. He almost added a second minutes later, only to
be denied ay point blank range by Paul Robinson.

Assist : McCann

22 November 2004

Blackburn (1) 3 (Jansen 4, Reid 57, Gallagher 63)
Birmingham (3) 3 (Anderton 17, Savage 38, Dunn 45)

Blackburn came from 3-1 down at half time to earn a useful point against
Birmingham as two of the lowest scorers in the Premiership served up an
unlikely goalfest. Rovers began well and went ahead early on when Steven
Reid's pass was dummied by Paul Dickov and then superbly struck into the
corner by Matt Jansen, however it did little except stir Birmingham into
action and they were level when Jesper Gronkjaer's cross found David
Dunn and as he tried to control it for a shot, it fell nicely for Darren
Anderton who showed quick feet to prod the ball past Brad Friedel. Seven
minutes from half time, Mario Melchiot found space on the right and
after Reid failed to clear his cross, Robbie Savage was on hand to
volley in. Melchiot was again the provider in first half stoppage time
as his cross was dummied by Clinton Morrison for ex-Rovers star Dunn to
run onto and slot home. The comeback began twelve minutes after the
break with the arrival of sub David Thompson whose first touch sent Reid
through on goal and his firm shot found the roof of the net with the
help of a deflection off of Matthew Upson. Six minutes later and it was
level again as Paul Dickov battled his way through and bobbled the ball
past the keeper and as it looked to trickle in, sub Paul Gallagher was
on hand to make sure from two yards. Both clubs went for a late winner
as Savage thumped a shot against the post, whilst Dickov was through in
stoppage time only to be denied by a fine save from Maik Taylor.

Assists : Reid, Dunn, n/a, Melchiot, Thompson, n/a, 

21 November 2004

Man United (1) 2 (Giggs 41, Scholes 50)
Charlton (0) 0

Comfortable stuff for Man United as they strolled through their home
game against Charlton, winning with ease to fourth ahead of the other
afternoon matches. United dominated the first half possession, but
created little with keeper Dean Kiely saving an early Ruud van
Nistelrooy header and a fierce volley from Paul Scholes before the
breakthrough arrived just before half time. Ryan Giggs was the scorer as
he latched onto a defensive headed clearance and ran at the defence
before his shot took a deflection off of the foot of Luke Young and
looped into the net. The lead was doubled early in the second half as
Paul Scholes ended his seven month goal drought with a superb far post
volley from a Darren Fletcher cross.

Assists : n/a, Fletcher

Arsenal (0) 1 (Pires 54)
West Brom (0) 1 (Earnshaw 79)

Lowly West Brom stunned current Champions Arsenal with a late equaliser
to earn a vital point at Highbury. The hosts needed a stroke of luck to
go ahead when Lens Lehmann's clearance was met by a poor defensive
header. Robert Pires collected the loose ball and curled an effort
toward the far post and as keeper Russell Hoult dived to catch the ball,
it somehow slipped from his grasp and bobbled over the line. The
equaliser came with eleven minutes left as Jonathon Greening's cross was
converted at the far post by sub Robert Earnshaw.

Assists : n/a, Greening

Chelsea (1) 2 (Duff 35 secs, Tiago 48)
Bolton (0) 2 (Davies 52, Jaidi 87)

Current leaders Chelsea also slipped up at home as they let a two goal
lead falter against Bolton. They went ahead with a goal after just 35
seconds when Frank Lampard sent Damien Duff clear and after rounding the
keeper, he slid the ball in from a tight angle. Early in the second
half, the lead was doubled as Arjen Robben's cross was thumped inside
the far post with a first time shot from Tiago. Bolton quickly pulled a
goal back when Gary Speed's free kick tempted keeper Petr Cech off his
line, however his misjudged the flight and Kevin Davies nodded the ball
in. Davies was also involved in the late equaliser as his cushioned
headed in the area fell to Radi Jaidi to drill the ball low into the
bottom corner.

Assists : Lampard, Tiago, n/a, Davies

Crystal Palace (0) 0
Newcastle (0) 2 (Kluivert 79, Bellamy 88)

Newcastle ended their recent losing run with two late goals to see off
Crystal Palace. Again, they left it late with both strikes in the final
eleven minutes, firstly when Craig Bellamy crossed for Patrick Kluivert
to backheel home at the near post and then Laurent Robert set up Bellamy
to smash the ball into the roof of the net.

Assists : Bellamy, Robert

Everton (0) 1 (Ferguson 67)
Fulham (0) 0

Everton close the gap on Chelsea and Arsenal after a narrow victory
against Fulham. The only goal came from sub Duncan Ferguson who stooped
to nod in after Kevin Kilbane's headed had been saved.

Assist : n/a

Middlesbrough (1) 2 (Riggott 36, Zenden 62)
Liverpool (0) 0

Middlesbrough regain fourth place after victory against Liverpool who
were missing both Djibril Cisse and Milan Baros through long term
injury. Boro went ahead when Stuart Downing's cross was met at the near
post by Chris Riggott to score his first of the season, however
Liverpool then felt that they had an equaliser wrongly ruled out when
Luis Garcia netted after the pass that had set him up came off of an
opponent. The home side doubled the lead when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
played Bolo Zenden in to slot the ball home.

Assists : Riggott, Hasselbaink

Norwich (1) 2 (Francis 28, 52)
Southampton (1) 1 (Beattie 24)

Norwich recorded their first win of the season after coming from behind
to beat fellow strugglers Southampton. The visitors took the lead when
Rory Delap found James Beattie and his first time, long range volley
found the net via the foot of the post. Four minutes later, a slip from
Jason Dodd let in Leon McKenzie and his cross was finished well by
Damien Francis, also with the aid of the post. The winner came early in
the second half when Craig Fleming's header was helped into the net via
the head of Francis again.

Assists : Delap, McKenzie, Fleming

Portsmouth (1) 1 (O'Neil 8)
Man City (1) 3 (Wright-Phillips 6, Sibierski 79, Bosvelt 87)

Portsmouth's recent poor run continued as they were well beaten at home
by Man City. Shaun Wright-Phillips ran the show for the visitors and
gave his side an early lead when he capitalised on a mistake in the area
by Dejan Stefanovic to slot home. Two minutes later, Portsmouth were
level when Gary O'Neil's side footed volley found the far post from
David Unsworth's cross. City clinched the win with two late goals,
firstly when Robbie Fowler's cross was finished at the far post by
Antoine Sibierski, although the home side felt that the ball had gone
out for a throw during the build up. Three minutes from time, Wright-
Phillip had a shot saved after a superb solo run, allowing Paul Bosvelt
to tap in the rebound.

Assists : n/a, Unsworth, Fowler, n/a

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