17 September 2007

DERBY 1 (Miller 38)

Derby win for the first time this season, ending Newcastle's unbeaten record and moving off the bottom of the table after a 1-0 win at Pride Park. Derby were ahead at half time thanks to a superb strike preceded by as direct a build up as you'll see. A long kick from keeper Steven Bywater was controlled by Steve Howard and instantly struck goalwards by Kenny Miller, the ball dipping and curling into the top corner from 30 yards. Newcastle's best chance of the half fell to David Rozehnal who shot wide after Bywater was drawn out of his goal. Howard was off target with a couple of second half headers as Derby pressed for a second goal, including a glaring miss from Gary Teale's cross but they held on for three crucial points.

Attendance : 38,363
Assist : Howard

16 September 2007

MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Johnson 48)

Man City move into second place after a narrow win against Aston Villa. After a decidedly average first half, City took three minutes of the second half to take the lead. Michael Johnson collected the ball in midfield, exchanged passes with Elano and then drove through the Villa defence before sliding the ball past Scott Carson despite being under pressure.

Attendance : 38,363
Assist : Elano

15 September 2007


Man United were the first club to grab top spot after a late win at Everton. A poor game was decided when Nani's corner was thumped in at the near post by the head of Nemanja Vidic.

Attendance : 39,364
Assist : Nani (ck)


Liverpool remain unbeaten and regain the leadership after a goalless draw at Portsmouth. In a poor first half, Portsmouth wasted a golden chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty after Nwankwo Kanu's shirt was being pulled in the area by Alvaro Arbeloa, however Kanu's kick was well saved by Jose Reina in the Liverpool goal. Early in the second half another great opportunity went begging for the hosts when John Utaka dragged a shot wide with only the keeper to beat and a matter of minutes later, Andriy Voronin came close for Liverpool with a lob that clipped the top of the bar. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres both came off the bench and combined for the latter to blaze over but it ended goalless.

Attendance : 20,388
Assists : n/a

TOTTENHAM 1 (Bale 14 fk)
ARSENAL 3 (Adebayor 64, Fabregas 79, Adebayor 90)

Arsenal came from behind to win a pulsating local derby at Spurs and take over top spot from Liverpool. The hosts took an early lead thanks to a fine low curling free kick from Gareth Bale that crept inside the near post. Arsenal dominated for long spells but Spurs should have doubled the lead early in the second half when Dimitar Berbatov broke through, rounded the keeper only to be tackled by Kolo Toure on the edge of the area with the goal gaping. It proved crucial as Cesc Fabregas floated in a free kick for Emmanuel Adebayor - who'd earlier missed a sitter - to head in as keeper Paul Robinson came out to collect. Berbatov then had a shot blocked on the line before Fabregas put Arsenal ahead with a fine long range effort after being found by Tomas Rosicky. Even then Spurs should have levelled when Darren Bent burst clear however he scuffed his shot horribly with only the keeper to beat and it bobbled harmlessly wide. In stoppage time Arsenal clinched the win with an early Goal of the Season contender as Fabregas found Adebayor on the edge of the area and after clipping the ball into the air, he unleashed a stunning volley with flew into the net.

Attendance : 36,053
Assists : Berbatov (won fk), Fabregas (fk), Rosicky, Denilson

WEST HAM 3 (Bowyer 45, Young 50 og, Ashton 61)

West Ham moved into fifth after a fine second half display against Middlesbrough. They opened the scoring within 30 seconds of the restart when Carlton Cole's flicked pass was volleyed in by Lee Bowyer and five minutes later, Cole's cross was diverted into his own net by Luke Young although the keeper seemed to have the ball covered. Matty Etherington then crossed for Dean Ashton to score at the far post and end a nightmare spell out through injury with his first goal since the 2006 FA Cup Final.

Attendance : 34,351
Assists : Cole, n/a, Etherington

WIGAN 1 (Koumas 80 Pen)
FULHAM 1 (Dempsey 11)

Honours even at the JJB as Fulham once again failed to hold onto a lead. They began well and were ahead early when Diomansy Kamara was tackled on the edge of the area and the ball broke well for Clint Dempsey to slot in. The equaliser came from the penalty spot as Mario Melchiot was bundled over by Hameur Bouazza and Jason Koumas sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

Attendance : 16,973
Assists : n/a, Melchiot (won pen)

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Kapo 36)

Bolton remain in the bottom three after losing at fellow strugglers Birmingham who move into mid table. The only goal came late in the first half as Sebastien Larsson crossed for Oliver Kapo to finish at the far post.

Attendance : 28,124
Assists : Larsson

SUNDERLAND 2 (Jones 29, Wallace 47)
READING 1 (Kitson 85)

Two more strugglers met at the Stadium of Light resulting in Sunderland's first league win since the opening day. They went ahead thanks to a beauty from Kenwyne Jones who collected a pass from Grant Leadbitter, turned his man and drilled a low shot inside the near post. The lead was doubled when Jones crossed for Ross Wallace to score from close range and although Reading pulled one back when Dave Kitson headed in Nicky Shorey's free kick, it wasn't enough and they stay in the drop zone.

Attendance : 39,272
Assists : Leadbitter, n/a, Shorey (fk)


Attendance : 41,062
Assists : n/a

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