3 November 2008

NEWCASTLE 2 (Martins 60, Martins 82)

Newcastle move off the bottom and up six places after seeing of Aston Villa at St James Park. Newcastle took the lead on the hour as Joey Barton found Obafemi Martins on the edge of the area and after a good turn, he fired a low shot inside the near post. Nicky Butt almost doubled the lead but hit the post with a free kick before Martins netted his second from very close range after an excellent run and low cross from the left by Jonas Gutierrez.

Attendance : 44,567
Assists : Barton, Gutierrez

2 November 2008

BOLTON 2 (Gardner 77, Dunne 88 og)

Bolton move off of the bottom of the table and out of the drop zone after two late goals gave them victory at home to Man City. The opening goal came with fourteen minutes to go as Robinho lost possession in midfield allowing Bolton to break and after a decent move, Gretar Steinsson's drilled low cross from the right left Ricardo Gardner with an open goal from four yards and he hammered the ball home, albeit off the underside of the bar. Bolton wrapped it up as Gardner was sent clear down the left and his firm cross was diverted into his own net by Richard Dunne.

Attendance : 21,095
Assists : Steinsson, n/a

1 November 2008

CHELSEA 5 (Alex 27, Anelka 30, Anelka 46, Lampard 51, Anelka 53)

Chelsea regain top spot with a crushing win over Sunderland thanks largely to a Nik Anelka hat trick. They took a while to break through and even then needed help from away keeper Martin Fulop allowed Joe Cole's shot to squeeze under him leaving Alex with a tap in. It opened the floodgates as Anelka netted his first from close range from Frank Lampard's cross and then made it three to Chelsea on half time with a tap in after good work from Florent Malouda. Lampard then scored his 100th league goal with a far post header from Cole's cross before Anelka completed hit hat trick with a shot from Malouda's cross which Fulop could maybe have kept out.

Attendance : 41,693
Assists : J Cole, Alex, Malouda, J Cole, Malouda

EVERTON 1 (Saha 87)

Everton won at home in the league for the first time this season although they left it late to see off Fulham. It was never a game to get pulses racing although the woodwork was hit three times as Marouane Fellaini hit the post for the hosts in the first half and after the break, Fulham came close when Zoltan Gera smacked a header against the bar and Bobby Zamora bobbled a shot against the post after Jimmy Bullard's free kick was saved. The breakthrough arrived with three minutes to go when Leon Osman's cross was headed in powerfully by Louis Saha for his first Everton goal.

Attendance : 31,278
Assist : Osman

MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (Ronaldo 3, Carrick 29, Ronaldo 44, Vidic 57)
HULL 3 (Cousin 23, Mendy 69, Geovanni 82 Pen)

Cristiano Ronaldo made it four goals in two games as Man United made hard work of beating Hull at Old Trafford. It looked to be plain sailing for United when Ronaldo turned and shot in off the post from the edge of the box after being found by Dimitar Berbatov, however Hull levelled when Daniel Cousin headed in Andy Dawson's cross. United then went into overdrive as Michael Carrick ended an excellent move by collecting a pass from Berbatov and drilling a low shot in off the post. By half time, they'd added another as Ronaldo headed in Nani's corner and then early in the second half, Nemanja Vidic fired in a Wayne Rooney corner. Ultimately they were made to sweat as Bernard Mendy was put through and the linesman correctly ruled that his lob had just crossed the line before being cleared by Vidic. Mendy was then bundled over by Rio Ferdinand for Geovanni to score from the penalty spot but United held on for a narrow win.

Attendance : 75,398
Assists : Berbatov, Dawson (fk), Berbatov, Nani (ck), Rooney (ck), n/a, Mendy (won pen)

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Mido 83 fk)
WEST HAM 1 (Mullins 21)

Middlesbrough left it late to salvage a draw at home to West Ham. The visitors were by far the better team in the first half and were ahead when Hayden Mullins misskicked a cross from Luis Boa Morte only to regain his balance and wallop his second attempt in off the bar. Boro levelled late on thanks to a stinging low free kick from Ahmed Mido.

Attendance : 25,164
Assists : Boa Morte, Mido (won fk)

PORTSMOUTH 1 (Kranjcar 82)
WIGAN 2 (Zaki 46 Pen, Heskey 92)

Portsmouth suffered their second successive defeat since the departure of Harry Redknapp to Spurs and are still yet to win under Tony Adams after a home defeat against Wigan. The visitors scored at the end of each half, taking the lead initially when Papa Bouba Diop tripped Titus Bramble in the area and Amr Zaki made no mistake from the spot. Pompey blitzed Wigan after the break and almost levelled when both Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch hit the bar in a matter of seconds. They got the equaliser when Nadir Belhadj found Niko Kranjcar and hit shot found the net through a number of players. It looked to be heading for a draw until Lee Cattermole found Emile Heskey to net the winner for Wigan.

Attendance : 18,416
Assists : Bramble (won pen), n/a, Cattermole

STOKE 2 (Fuller 11, Olofinjana 73)
ARSENAL 1 (Clichy 94)

Stoke continued to make teams struggle against their long throw as they beat Arsenal at the Britannia. Both goals came from the launching platform of Rory Delap as the first was headed in by Ricardo Fuller and in the second half, another huge throw was helped on by Ryan Shawcross and bundled in by Seyi Olofinjana, the ball finally going in off of his chest. It all got a little too much for sub Robin Van Persie who lasted just eleven minutes before being sent off for barging into keeper Thomas Sorensen who clearly had the ball in his hands. Arsenal grabbed a very late consolation when Gael Clichy fired in via a couple of deflections after Cesc Fabregas had rolled the ball to him.

Attendance : 26,704
Red Card : Van Persie 76 (Arsenal)
Assists : Delap (throw-in), Shawcross, Fabregas (fk)

TOTTENHAM 2 (Carragher 70 og, Pavlyuchenko 91)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Kuyt 3)

Spurs scored a stoppage time winner to come from behind and end Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season. Liverpool had the better of the first half and deservedly led at the break thanks to an early goal. Former Spurs man Robbie Keane set it up with a neat turn in the area and Dirk Kuyt smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle. The hosts improved after the break and levelled when David Bentley's corner was headed into his own net by Jamie Carragher whilst under pressure from Ledley King. As the stoppage time board was raised, Spurs took a sensational lead as a wicked swerving shot from Bentley was pushed away by Jose Reina and as Darren Bent played the ball back across, Roman Pavlyuchenko netted from close range.

Attendance : 36,183
Assists : Keane, n/a, Bent

WEST BROM 2 (Bednar 55, Miller 62)
BLACKBURN 2 (McCarthy 13 Pen, Andrews 89)

Honours even at the Hawthorns as West Brom and Blackburn shared four goals. Rovers took an early lead when Ryan Donk was spotted pulling the shirt of Jason Roberts and Benni McCarthy thumped in the penalty. In then plummeted downhill for Rovers and McCarthy in particular who, having already been booked, handled the ball in midfield and was shown a second yellow and subsequent red card. The hosts blazed back after the break and pulled level when Ishmael Miller found Roman Bednar to find the net just inside the post. Miller then put Albion ahead with a cracking shot from the edge of the area after being found by Jonathon Greening. Blackburn looked down and out but grabbed a late equaliser with a crisp finish by Keith Andrews after Roberts had set him up.

Attendance : 24,976
Red Card : McCarthy 36 (Blackburn)
Assists : Roberts (won pen), Miller, Greening, n/a

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