28 October 2007

LIVERPOOL 1 (Gerrard 7)
ARSENAL 1 (Fabregas 80)

A goal each at Anfield as Liverpool and Arsenal both remain unbeaten. The hosts took an early lead when John Arne Riise tapped a free kick to Steven Gerrard whose shot tore through the wall and into the back of the net. Arsenal had chances to get level as Emmanuel Eboue hit the post only for Cesc Fabregas to fire the rebound well wide, however he made amends when he latched onto a pass from Alexander Hleb and diverted the pass past Jose Reina and in. Late on, Fabregas smashed another effort against the post and this time, sub Nicklas Bendtner blazed the rebound well off target when he had more time.

Attendance : 44,122
Assists : Riise (fk), Hleb

TOTTENHAM 1 (Keane 49 Pen)
BLACKBURN 2 (McCarthy 60, Samba 90)

New Spurs boss Juande Ramos saw the scale of his job as his new club lost a lead at home to Blackburn and stay in the drop zone. With Clive Allen in charge for the game, Spurs went ahead early in the second half when Aaron Lennon was hauled down in the area by Stephen Warnock, allowing Robbie Keane to smash the penalty high into the net. Rovers were level shortly afterwards as Benni McCarthy's turn and shot from 20 yards hammered off of both posts and into the net courtesy of a slight deflection. They won it late on as Roque Santa Cruz found Christopher Samba to fire a low shot into the corner from the edge of the box.

Attendance : 36,086
Assists : Lennon (won pen), n/a, Santa Cruz

EVERTON 2 (Arteta 26, Yakubu 63)

Derby remain bottom after a goal in a each half saw them beaten by Everton. A lovely dummy by Yakubu set up the first as he allowed Phil Jagielka's pass to find Mikael Arteta to drill a shot into the net from the edge of the area and just after the hour, Yakubu added a second as he latched onto Steven Pienaar's pass to prod in from close range.

Attendance : 33,048
Assists : Jagielka, Pienaar

BOLON 1 (Anelka 22 fk)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Moore 57)

New Bolton boss Gary Megson began with a point as his side lost a lead at home to Aston Villa. Bolton began well and took a deserved lead midway through the first half when Nik Anelka's 25 yard free kick curled perfectly into the top corner. Villa levelled just after half time when a quickly taken throw, initially given to Bolton by the linesman before being over-ruled by the ref, saw Gabriel Agbonlahor cut into the area and although his shot may have been going across goal and wide, it hit team mate Luke Moore on the chest and went in. The attendance of under 18,500 was the lowest ever crowd at the Reebok for a Premiership game.

Attendance : 18,413
Assists : Davis (won fk), Agbonlahor

27 October 2007

BIRMINGHAM 3 (Kapo 27 Pen, Ridgewell 67, Kapo 81)
WIGAN 2 (Bent 23, 59)

Birmingham twice came from behind to see off Wigan at St Andrews. A long ball from Mario Melchiot sent Marcus Bent clear to blast in the opener, however Paul Scharner's hand ball gave Oliver Kapo the chance to equalise with a side footed effort from the penalty spot. Melchiot's cross then saw Stephen Kelly and keeper Maik Taylor take the ball away from each other, allowing Bent a one yard tap in, however the hosts again battled back when Daniel De Ridder's corner was headed goalwards by Rafael Schmitz and bundled in by Liam Ridgewell. Birmingham won it late on when Nafti found Kapo whose turn and shot on the edge of the area found the net.

Attendance : 27,661
Assists : Melchiot, n/a, n/a, Schmitz, Nafti

CHELSEA 6 (Essien 16, Drogba 31, Drogba 56, J Cole 60, Kalou 75, Shevchenko 90)

Three wins in a row for Chelsea as they walloped Man City at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard set up the first three goals, starting with a through ball for Michael Essien whose shot across goal went in off the far post. Lampard's lovely pass with the outside of his foot sent Didier Drogba through for the second and after half time, Drogba netted again after Lampard's shot was saved. Drogba then sent Joe Cole clear with a deft touch for the midfielder to score with a low drive and then Essien's pass found Salomon Kalou to net from a tricky angle. Essien's pass also set up the sixth for Andriy Shevchenko to score from a similar position to Kalou earlier.

Attendance : 41,832
Assists : Lampard, Lampard, n/a, Drogba, Essien, Essien

MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (Nani 3, Rooney 33, Tevez 55, Tevez 85)
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Aliadiere 6)

Man United go top ahead of the Sunday games with a comfortable win against Middlesbrough. Both sides scored early as United went ahead after Nani's solo run and 30 yard shot tore into the top corner only for Boro to level when Jeremie Aliadiere headed in Tuncay's cross off the post. By half time, United were back ahead when Stuart Downing's awful pass on the edge of his area was intercepted by Wayne Rooney to thump the ball in. Rooney's back heel found Carlos Tevez to slot in the third and the same pair combined for the fourth, scored by Tevez courtesy of a couple of freak deflections which saw the ball loop high in the air and bounce over the line. One final stat for the trivia fans out there that this is the first time in Man United's history that they've scored four goals in four successive games!

Attendance : 75,720
Assists : Hargreaves, Tuncay, n/a, Rooney, n/a

READING 2 (Kitson 53, Long 84)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Duberry 76 og)

An inspired substitution gave Reading a late win at home to Newcastle. They took the lead when Stephen Hunt found Dave Kitson to fire in from the edge of the area, however Newcastle levelled when Emre's corner was chested into his own net by Michael Duberry. On came Shane Long and with his first touch won the game from close range after the visitors failed to deal with a long ball.

Attendance : 24,119
Assists : Lita, n/a, n/a

SUNDERLAND 1 (Jones 86)
FULHAM 1 (Davies 32 fk)

Ten man Sunderland came from behind to grab a point at home to Fulham. The visitors were ahead thanks to a stunning 25 yard free kick from Simon Davies and it looked bleak for the hosts after Greg Halford was shown a second yellow card for hauling back David Healy, however late on, a cross from Grant Leadbitter was headed in by Kenwyne Jones.

Attendance : 39,392
Red Card : Halford 67 (Sunderland)
Assists : Kamara (won fk), Leadbitter

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