12 November 2007

READING 1 (Shorey 87)
ARSENAL 3 (Flamini 44, Adebayor 52, Hleb 78)

Arsenal regain top spot after a comfortable win at Reading. Arsenal had the better of the first half possession but were largely frustrated by the en masse defending of Reading. Emmanuel Adebayor did roll a shot against the foot of the post early on but until a minute before the break, Reading held their own. Then Adebayor found Alexander Hleb in the area and his ball across was bundled in by Mathieu Flamini. The lead was doubled early in the second half when a sweeping move culminated in Cesc Fabregas finding Adebayor in the area and he side footed the ball into the bottom corner. He then had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside before Hleb added a third as he latched onto a poor Reading pass, rounded the keeper before drilling into the net. Reading almost grabbed a consolation however Nicky Shorey found the base of the post with a free kick but did find the net late on following a scramble during which Shane Long headed against the bar and Stephen Hunt had a shot blocked.

Attendance : 24,024
Assists : Hleb, Fabregas, n/a, n/a

11 November 2007


Two of this seasons surprise clubs battled out a goalless draw at Fratton Park. Portsmouth came closest to winning as they twice hit the Man City woodwork. In the first half, Glen Johnson's effort was tipped onto the bar and with twenty minutes to go, David Nugent smashed a deflected shot against the inside of the post.

Attendance : 19,529
Assists : n/a


Poor game at the Reebok witnessed by Bolton's lowest ever Prem attendance. Boro could have won it when Jeremie Aliadiere burst through only to be denied by the keeper whilst Ivan Campo sent a late header into the hands of Mark Schwarzer at the other end.

Attendance : 17,624
Assists : n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Ronaldo 34, Ronaldo 35)

Man United go top at least until Monday night after a comfortable win against Blackburn. Both goals came from Cristiano Ronaldo inside a two minute spell in the first half. The opener was a superb header from a Ryan Giggs corner which found the net despite the best efforts of the man on the line and almost straight from the restart United broke away and after Louis Saha sent Carlos Tevez clear on the left, he crossed for Ronaldo to slot in the second in the bottom corner. David Dunn's somewhat harsh second yellow card for a trip on Saha early in the second half effectively ended the game as a contest.

Attendance : 75,710
Red Card : Dunn 53 (Blackburn)
Assists : Giggs (ck), Tevez

TOTTENHAM 4 (Jenas 13, Jenas 26, Lennon 34, Bent 72)

Spurs finally hit form as they walloped fellow strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane. A Jermaine Jenas brace started them off as he netted from two yards after excellent work from Robbie Keane and then collected a through ball from Dimitar Berbatov to round the keeper and roll in the second. Berbatov then set up Aaron Lennon who took a touch before hammering in a volley from the edge of the area and sub Darren Bent completed the win late on with a low shot off the post after being found by Jenas.

Attendance : 35,504
Assists : Keane, Berbatov, Berbatov, Jenas

CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 71)
EVERTON 1 (Cahill 90)

Everton stunned Chelsea with a last minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge as the hosts lost ground in the title race. Things were looking for the Chelsea when Didier Drogba thumped in a near post header from Salomon Kalou's corner, however with time edging away, a shot from James McFadden struck team mate Tim Cahill who then reacted quickly to send an overhead kick into the roof of the net from close range.

Attendance : 41,683
Assists : Kalou (ck), n/a

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Forssell 62)
ASTON VILLA 2 (Ridgewell 11 og, Agbonlahor 87)

A late goal gave Aston Villa all three points in an eventful second city derby at Birmingham. They took an early lead when a cross from Stilian Petrov was deflected into his own knee by the knee of former Villa man Liam Ridgewell, however just after the hour the hosts levelled when Mikael Forssell thumped in a header from a Daniel De Ridder cross. In a remarkable last few minutes, Ridgewell thought he'd atoned for his earlier mistake only for his goal bound header to be scrambled off the line by Gabriel Agbonlahor and just two minutes later, Agbonlahor was up his usual end to head the winner from an Ashley Young cross.

Attendance : 26,539
Assists : n/a, De Ridder, Young

10 November 2007

LIVERPOOL 2 (Torres 81, Gerrard 85 Pen)

Liverpool left it late to see off Fulham with two late goals clinching the win. Liverpool had plenty of first half possession but did very little with it thanks to strong defending from Fulham and poor approach play from the hosts whose best (only?) chance fell in first half stoppage time when a looping header from Peter Crouch hit the bar. Prior to that, ex-Liverpool man Danny Murphy twice forced a save out of Jose Reina. In the second half, keeper Antti Niemi kept the hosts at bay until the arrival of sub Fernando Torres who controlled a long clearance from Reina, cut inside and fired a low shot inside the near post. Shortly afterwards, Crouch was tripped by Carlos Bocanegra on the edge of the area and Steven Gerrard found the bottom corner with the penalty.

Attendance : 43,073
Assists : Reina (gk), Crouch (won pen)

WEST HAM 5 (Bowyer 42, Etherington 51, Lewis 55 og, Bowyer 59, Solano 69)

Bottom club Derby were blitzed at home to West Ham who recorded the biggest away win in the Prem so far this season! The hosts held out until just before half time when Carlton Cole's header was controlled, possibly by the hand, by Lee Bowyer who then swept the ball in. Early in the second half, Matthew Upson thudded an effort against the bar before Derby almost levelled when Kenny Miller headed wide, however a quick-fire trio of goals put the Hammers well ahead. Matt Etherington played a neat one-two with Bowyer before crashing the ball in before Jonathon Spector's shot was blocked on the line by Eddie Lewis only for the Derby man to bundled it over his own line. Bowyer slid in the fourth from a Cole cross before a Nol Solano free kick from the left edge of the area wrapped up the rout.

Attendance : 32,440
Assists : Cole, Bowyer, n/a, Cole, Boa Morte (won fk)

SUNDERLAND 1 (Higginbotham 52)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Milner 65)

Honours even in the Tyne/Wear (or should that be Wear/Tyne?) derby as Newcastle came from behind to earn a point at Sunderland. After a goalless first half, Sunderland took a deserved lead thanks to their local rivals falling asleep at a set piece. Sunderland won a corner and took it short and quickly, catching the visitors cold and allowing Grant Leadbitter to cross for an unmarked Danny Higginbotham to head in his first ever Sunderland goal at the far post. Newcastle battled back and levelled with a freak effort from James Milner who played a one-two with Joey Barton before his low cross from the left drifted past everyone and clipped the far post before finding the net. Kenwyne Jones almost regained the lead for the home side a minute later but drilled wide from a good position and late on Michael Chopra headed a corner against the bar as it ended level.

Attendance : 47,701
Assists : Leadbitter, Barton

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