11 February 2008

ARSENAL 2 (Senderos 4, Adebayor 90)

Arsenal go five points clear at the top of the table after a tight win against Blackburn. Arsenal tore into Rovers from the opening whistle and had barely been out of their opponents half before taking a fourth minute lead as Philippe Senderos sent an unmarked header into the net from Eduardo's corner. They continued to largely dominate for the next 80-odd minutes without a second goal arising although Alexander Hleb did smash a shot against the post early in the second half until finally into stoppage time the lead was doubled as Hleb set up Emmanuel Adebayor who cut across his man and drilled into the bottom corner.

Attendance : 60,049
Assists : Eduardo (ck), Hleb

10 February 2008


For such a high profile game, this was pretty drab stuff with too many stoppages and not enough action in the final third. The first half was the best of the two evils with Chelsea feeling they should have had a penalty when Javier Mascherano fouled Joe Cole whilst Peter Crouch had a couple of half chances for Liverpool. After the break it got worse with chances almost non-existent. All told, a pretty good argument for playing Prem games in such parts of the world that it would have meant a 1am kick off UK time and most of us would have slept through it.

Attendance : 41,788
Assist : n/a

MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Vassell 25, Benjani 45)

Man City recorded a stunning victory at local rivals Man United - their first Old Trafford win in 34 years and their first league double over United since 1970! The much talked about silence prior to the game in memory of those who died in the Munich air crash 50 years ago was well observed before City stormed into a two goal half time lead. Stephen Ireland should have scored only to be denied by keeper Edwin Van Der Sar and although the Dutchman saved the rebound from Darius Vassell, he was on hand to fire in his second opportunity. With half time approaching, City doubled the lead when a curling cross from Martin Petrov was glanced inside the far post by new signing Benjani who celebrated in his usual manner. United did grab a goal back at the tail end of the game as Paul Scholes set up Michael Carrick to fire in but City held on for a famous win.

Attendance : 75,970
Assists : n/a, Petrov, Scholes

9 February 2008

ASTON VILLA 4 (Beye 48 og, Carew 51, Carew 72, Carew 90 Pen)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Owen 4)

Newcastle are still without a win since the return of Kevin Keegan after a second half collapse saw them lose a lead at Aston Villa. Newcastle led after a scrappy first half thanks to a goal that had an element of good fortune about it. James Milner was the provider with a superb near post cross which was met by a stooping Michael Owen whose header found the net via a deflection off of the hand of Gareth Barry. It took Villa six minutes of the second half to turn things around as firstly Wilfred Bouma netted his first ever Villa goal after collecting a pass from Ashley Young and then firing in a near post shot again with the help of a deflection and three minutes later, Young's corner was headed in by John Carew to turn the game totally on its head. Things went from bad to worse for Newcastle as keeper Shay Given was subbed with a groin injury to be replaced by Steve Harper and he was beaten by Carew as the visitors defence continued to struggle. A corner wasn't cleared and after Barry helped the ball into the six yard box, Nicky Butt's header clear fell straight to Carew who nodded in from close range. Carew completed his hat trick late on when Stephen Carr crazily handled in the area allowing him to smash home his third from the spot and wrap up a great afternoon for the hosts.

Attendance : 42,640
Assists : Milner, n/a, Young (ck), n/a, n/a

TOTTENHAM 3 (Keane 68, Kaboul 81, Berbatov 93 Pen)

Bottom club Derby edged closer to the Championship as they were swept aside at home to Spurs. It took the visitors over an hour to break through, eventually doing so as Robbie Keane tapped in from close range after keeper Roy Carroll could only parry Steed Malbranque's shot. The lead was doubled when Pascal Chimbonda's header was controlled and drilled in by Younes Kaboul and in stoppage time, Dimitar Berbatov converted a penalty after Alan Stubbs had handled.

Attendance : 33,058
Assist : n/a, Chimbonda, n/a

EVERTON 1 (Jagielka 62)

Another disputed winner as Goodison as Everton remain fourth with a narrow win over struggling Reading. The only goal came after a corner was cleared to Leon Osman and after he looped the ball back into the area, Phil Jagielka headed in despite looking well offside.

Attendance : 36,582
Assist : Osman

PORTSMOUTH 1 (Diarra 81)

Controversy at the Reebok as Portsmouth beat Bolton to send the hosts closer to the drop zone. The only goal came late as Nwankwo Kanu's prodded ball through found Lassana Diarra who thumped the ball in, however he was miles offside and you can only assume that the linesman thought the pass had been made by a defender. Earlier, Bolton missed a glorious chance when former Pompey man Matt Taylor blazed over an open goal from five yards and with time almost up, they again came close when a fantastic reaction save from David James denied Tamir Cohen an equaliser.

Attendance : 18,544
Assist : Kanu

SUNDERLAND 2 (Etuhu 42, Murphy 75)

Another battle of the strugglers at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland overcame Wigan with two excellent goals. The first came from a Dean Whitehead free kick which was headed powerfully in by Dickson Etuhu at the far post and the second was made in Ireland yet had no luck about it. Andy Reid's excellent crossfield pass found Daryl Murphy and after beating his man, he unleashed a belter of a shot which ripped into the top corner from 25 yards.

Attendance : 43,600
Assists: Whitehead (fk), Reid

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Aliadiere 11)

Middlesbrough eased their relegation fears and increased those of Fulham's after a tight win at the Riverside. The winner came early as Gary O'Neil sent Jeremie Aliadiere clear and he finished with supreme confidence with a slotted effort under the keeper.

Attendance : 26,885
Assist : O'Neil

WEST HAM 1 (Ljungberg 7)
BIRMINGHAM 1 (McFadden 16 Pen)

Honours even at Upton Park as Birmingham came from behind to hold West Ham. The hosts were ahead when a long throw was nodded on by Dean Ashton and hooked in at the far post by Freddie Ljungberg. Parity was restored shortly afterwards when Lucas Neill dragged down James McFadden in the area who then got up to slot in the penalty. The second half was unremarkable aside from a late red card for Lee Bowyer who went in late on Damien Johnson and although little contact was made, he was shown a straight red which was harsh in the extreme.

Attendance : 38,884
Assists : C Cole, McFadden

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