25 September 2006

Portsmouth (0) 0
Bolton (1) 1 (Nolan 22)

Portsmouth blew the chance to go top again as they paid for missed chances at home to Bolton. The visitors went ahead midway through the first half as Linvoy Primas failed to get any distance on a clearing header, allowing Kevin Nolan to volley in from the edge of the area to become the first player to score against Portsmouth this season. It was tough on the hosts who began well with Sol Campbell heading wide, Sean Davis hitting the inside of the post and Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saving well from both Kanu and Matthew Taylor. After the goal, Portsmouth almost equalised only for Benjani to lob over the keeper but wide. In the second half, Nolan should have scored again but sent his close range shot well over and then Portsmouth mounted a late onslaught as they pressed for an equaliser, however Bolton stayed strong to move into the top six with victory.

Attendance : 19,105
Assist : n/a

24 September 2006

Liverpool (0) 3 (Gonzalez 63, Kuyt 73, Riise 89)
Tottenham (0) 0

Liverpool's mini-revival continued with a comfortable win against Spurs who are now just one place and one point above the drop zone. Spurs had chances, notably when Jermaine Jenas somehow missed an open goal from five yards, however from the resulting goal kick, Liverpool opening the scoring although originally Craig Bellamy emulated Jenas by hitting the post from close range from Steven Gerrard's cross, however Mark Gonzalez was on hand to fire into the net. The lead was doubled when Luis Garcia's deft pass found Dirk Kuyt onside in the area and he walloped the ball past Paul Robinson as did John Arne Riise late on in spectacular fashion from 30 yards with Garcia again the provider.

Attendance : 44,330
Assists : n/a, Luis Garcia (x2)

Arsenal (0) 3 (Gallas 65, Jagielka (og) 69, Henry 81)
Sheffield United (0) 0

Arsenal finally won a league game at their new stadium, although it still took over an hour to break through a resolute Shefield United defence. Thierry Henry was the star of the show as he made two and scored the third, starting with a lovely chip into the area, controlled by Cesc Fabregas and volleyed into the roof of the net by William Gallas for his first goal for the club. Four minutes later, Henry crossed for the unlucky Phil Jagielka to slice it past his own keeper and late on, Henry netted with a rare header from Emmanuel Eboue's cross.

Attendance : 59,912
Assists : Fabregas, n/a, Eboue

Aston Villa (1) 2 (Agbonlahor 35, Moore 62)
Charlton (0) 0

Aston Villa remain unbeaten under new boss Martin O'Neill after seeing off Charlton with a goal in each half. Gabriel Agbonlahor opened the scoring with a neat side footed volley at the far post from Gareth Barry's cross and the win was clinched when Juan Pablo Angel and Luke Moore combined well for the latter to burst through and fire in.

Attendance : 35,513
Assists : Barry, n/a

Fulham (0) 0
Chelsea (0) 2 (Lampard (pen) 73, 80)

Chelsea go top, at least until Monday, after two Frank Lampard goals gave them victory at West London rivals Fulham. The first was a penalty, blasted into the roof of the net, after Salomon Kalou had panicked Liam Rosenior into handling the ball after the Fulham defender had stumbled in the area and Lampard doubled the lead with a low firm shot from the edge of the area after Didier Drogba had laid the ball off nicely.

Attendance : 24,290
Assists : n/a, Drogba

Manchester City (0) 2 (Samaras 50, 63)
West Ham (0) 0

Man City eased the pressure on boss Stuart Pearce as two Georgios Samaras saw off West Ham. Both strikes came early in the second, starting with a cracker as Ishmael Miller's shot was blocked, allowing Samaras to control the ball on his chest and volley in from the edge of the area. His second was as subtle as the first was spectacular as he latched on Bernardo Corradi's through ball to clip over the keeper and in.

Attendance : 41,073
Assists : Miller, Corradi

Middlesbrough (0) 0
Blackburn (1) 1 (Nonda 27)

Middlesbrough's miserable week continued as their Carling Cup home defeat was followed by a similar result at home to Blackburn. The only goal came from debutant Shabani Nonda who headed in at the far post from David Bentley's cross.

Attendance : 24,959
Assists : Bentley

Wigan (1) 1 (Camara 29)
Watford (0) 1 (Bouazza 63)

Honours even at the JJB as Wigan and Watford earned a point each. Wigan took a first half lead when Henri Camara latched onto an apparent headed pass from Emile Heskey and although the flag was up for offside, the goal was given when the officials decided, correctly, that the header had actually been made by Watford's Malky Mackay. The visitors earned a valuable point when Hamuer Bouazza fired in from 25 yards after a well worked free kick.

Attendance : 16,359
Assists : n/a, King (fk)

Reading (0) 1 (Doyle (pen) 48)
Manchester United (0) 1 (Ronaldo 73)

Man United's remain unbeaten away from home although Reading became the first team to win a point from them away from Old Trafford this season. They took the lead early in the second half when the ball struck the arm of Gary Neville in the area and Kevin Doyle fired in the penalty, although Edwin Van Der Sar did get his hand to it. United grabbed a deserved point when John O'Shea found Cristiano Ronaldo wide on the left and after cutting inside, he drilled a low shot inside the far post.

Attendance : 24,098
Assists : n/a, O'Shea

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