17 October 2005

Charlton (0) 1 (Murphy 48)
Fulham (1) 1 (John 27)

A point each in the London derby as high flying Charlton came from
behind to draw with struggling Fulham. Dennis Ronnedahl hit the post
early on for Charlton, however it was Fulham who went ahead with Collins
John scoring for the game game in a row. A free kick was played down the
right for Steed Malbranque and his cross was dispatched into the net by
John with a sweet volley from just inside the area. Charlton levelled
matters eraly in the second half when Chris Powell crossed for Danny
Murphy to drill the ball in at the far post.

Attendance : 26,310
Assists : Malbranque, Powell

16 October 2005

Birmingham (0) 0
Aston Villa (1) 1 (Phillips 19)

Aston Villa won their first second-city derby in the top flight since
1987 after a Kevin Phillips goal gave them a narrow win at Birmingham.
The home side had their best chance early on when Julian Gray fired a
shot across goal and wide whilst unmarked at the far post and they were
made to pay shortly afterwards when Villa took the lead. Although
Phillips scored it, the goal was set up by a lovely touch in the area by
Gareth Barry that put the ball into the path of the striker who drilled
his shot into the bottom corner, although the keeper did get a hand to

Attendance : 29,312
Assists : Barry 

Manchester City (1) 2 (Cole 18, 56)
West Ham (0) 1 (Zamora 90)

Manchester City move into fourth place after two Andy Cole goals gave
them victory over West Ham. City had the better of the first half and
were ahead at the break thanks to a peach of a goal from Cole. Having
played the ball to Darius Vassell on the left edge of the area, Cole
overlapped his striking partner and was given it back courtesy of a back
heel, however there still look little danger until he curled a beauty
across goal and into the far top corner, leaving keeper Roy Carroll
stranded. The Hammers could have levelled matters early in the second
half, however Matt Etherington shot straight against David James whilst
clean through and within five minutes, both Cole and Vassell had similar
situations at the other end with the same outcome. City doubled their
lead when Vassell found Kiki Musampa and although his shot was saved,
Cole was on hand to tap the rebound into the empty net. It should have
been comfortable for the hosts, however they had a nervy last couple of
minutes to endure after Bobby Zamora netted a late consolation,
collecting a pass from Yossi Benayoun to round James and fire in his
first ever Premiership goal.

Attendance : 43,647
Assists : Vassell, n/a, Benayoun

15 October 2005

Middlesbrough 1 (Yakubu 54)
Portsmouth (O'Neil 46)

Honours even at the Riverside after Middlesbrough and Portsmouth shared
two goals in the epitomy of a half of two halves. The first 45 minutes
was drab and forgettable, however after just 45 seconds of the restart,
Portsmouth went ahead. It began with a run to the by-line by Svetoslav
Todorov and although his cutback was horribly mis-kicked by Zvonimir
Vukic, it fell nicely for Gary O'Neil to score from close range. Boro
equalised when the away defence fell asleep and allowed their former
striker Yakubu to ghost in unmarked at the far post to head home Fabio
Rochemback's corner.

Attendance : 26,551
Assists : Vukic, Rochemback (ck)

Chelsea 5 (Drogba 52, 61, Lampard 55, 59 (fk), Gudjohnsen 74)
Bolton (Giaanakopulos 4)

Chelsea's 100% record remains intact as they came from behind to blitz
Bolton with five second half goals in a 22 minute spell at Stamford
Bridge. The visitors went ahead early on when El-Hadji Diouf played the
ball across the area to find Stelios Giannakopolous totally unmarked and
the Greek star kept his cool and slotted the ball home. Then, for 49
minutes minutes of playing time, it looked as though the unlikely was
possible, until a stunning nine minute spell when four goals and one red
card was witnessed. Didier Drogba began the fun with an equaliser,
pouncing to fire in after Frank Lampard's free kick was only parried
away by keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Three minutes later, Lampard netted
himself when Eidur Gudjohnsen found Drogba and his back heel fell nicely
for the England international to slot home. Bolton were then reduced to
ten men after Ricardo Gardner's deliberate handball on the edge of his
own area earned him a straight red card and to rub salt into the gaping
wound, Lampard made it three from the resulting free kick as he spotted
a gap around the wall and calmly sidefooted the ball past the flat-
footed keeper. Two minutes later, Drogba doubled his own personal tally
for the game with a neat, close range volley into the roof of the net as
Lampard turned provider with a cross. Chelsea eased off thereafter,
although they did add a fifth when Michael Essien, lucky still to be on
the pitch after an awful, studs first tackle in the first half on Tal
Ben Haim, threaded the ball through for Gudjohnsen to curl his effort
inside the far post.

Attendance : 26,551
Red Card : Garnder 58 (Bolton)
Assists : Diouf, n/a, Drogba, n/a, Lampard (ck), Essien

Liverpool 1 (Cisse 75)
Blackburn 0

Liverpool left it late to see off a resillient Blackburn side who played
for the best part of an hour with ten men. Zurab Khizanishvili was the
unlucky player to see red as he brought down Djibril Cisse as he burst
through on goal. Initially the referee awarded a penalty, however he
downgraded to a free kick after the linesman decided, correctly, that
contact was outside the area. Although it came to nothing, it was
another edge of the area free kick that won the game for Liverpool as
the ball was tapped to Cisse who drilled it home from 25 yards.
Khizanishvili wins my vote for not only being almost unpronouncable, but
equally being bloody difficult to spell.

Attendance : 44,697
Assist : Xabi Alonso (fk)

Sunderland 1 (Elliott 82)
Manchester United 3 (Hoyte 40 og, van Nistelrooy 76, Breen 87 og)

Man United continued their forlorn chase of Chelsea with a hard fought
win at Sunderland who drop back into the bottom three after this defeat.
Sunderland had the better of the first half yet went behind when Ji-Soon
Park sent Wayne Rooney clear and after rounding the keeper, he found the
net despite a half-block from a defender on the line. The lead was
doubled when Rooney found Ruud Van Nistelrooy and after holding off two
defenders, he fired in from the edge of the area. Sunderland pulled one
back with a goal of the game as Dean Whitehead set up Stephen Elliott
who shot into the top corner from the edge of the area, however any
hopes of an equaliser were shattered within five minutes when Rooney
found sub Giuseppe Rossi and he found the net from 25 yards with the
considerable help of a deflection.

Attendance : 39,085
Assists : n/a, Rooney, Whitehead, n/a

Tottenham 2 (Mido 58, Jenas 63)
Everton 0

Two headed goals in five second half minutes put Spurs into second place
at the expense of bottom club Everton, who have now lost seven of their
eight league games this season. They held out for almost an hour until
Jermaine Jenas crossed for Ahmed Mido to head home at the far post. Five
minutes later, provider turned scorer as Jenas headed in at the near
post from Jermain Defoe's cross.

Attendance : 36,247
Assists : Jenas, Defoe

West Brom 2 (Kanu 38, Carter 76)
Arsenal 1 (Senderos 17)

A stunning late winner from Darren Carter gave West Brom a priceless win
as they came from behind to beat Arsenal, whose stuttering start to the
season continued. The Gunners went ahead when Phillipe Senderos netted
with a close range volley after Jose Reyes had swung a corner into the
six yard box, however a former Arsenal man came back to haunt them
before half time when Nwankwo Kanu equalised with a crisp shot across
goal after the visitors had only half cleared a cross from Martin
Albrechtsen. The Baggies clinched the point with a superb goal, set up
by Diomansy Kamara and finished with a terrific 25 yard volley from
Carter that left keeper Jens Lehmann clawing at thin air.

Attendance : 26,604
Assists : Reyes (ck), n/a, Kamara

Wigan 1 (Roberts 40)
Newcastle 0

Wigan move into second place ahead of the traditional 3pm kick offs
after a narrow win over Newcastle whose season continues at one pace
forward and two back. The only goal came late in the first half when
Damien Francis put Jason Roberts through on goal and although his shot
was partially saved by the legs of Shay Given, it had enough power to
dribble over the line and in. Newcastle had the better of the second
half and felt that they should have had a penalty when Shola Ameobi was
fouled by keeper John Filan. Equally unlucky was an Alan Shearer header
from Emre's corner that was bundled away from the line by Leyton Baines,
however replays suggested that the ball had gone in before being
cleared. Late on, Wigan's Lee McCulloch was sent off for a high tackle
on Emre and then had the indignity of being shown the red card whilst
received treatment.

Attendance : 22,374
Red Card : McCulloch 85 (Red Card)
Assist : n/a

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