9 November 2008

ASTON VILLA 1 (Sidwell 37)
MIDDLESBROUGH 2 (Tuncay 34, Tuncay 88)

Attendance : 36,672
Assists : n/a, Milner, n/a

CHELSEA 2 (Anelka 40, Anelka 68)

Attendance : 20,670
Assists : Bosingwa, Lampard

FULHAM 2 (Johnson 23, Murphy 66 Pen)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Ameobi 57)

Attendance : 24,740
Assists : n/a, Martins, Johnson (won pen)

MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Robinho 16)
TOTTENHAM 2 (Bent 29, Bent 64)

Attendance : 41,893
Red Cards : Fernandes 26 (Manchester City), Dune 83 (Manchester City), Assou-Ekotto 89 (Tottenham)
Assists : n/a, n/a, Jenas

8 November 2008

ARSENAL 2 (Nasri 22, Nasri 48)

Arsenal move above Man United into third after a goal in each half from Samir Nasri saw United lose for only the second time this season. Arsenal needed a stroke of luck to go ahead as a free kick from Cesc Fabregas was cleared to the edge of the area where Nasri controlled and fired an effort goalwards which found the net aided hugely by a deflection off of the knee of Gary Neville. It came just three minutes after Wayne Rooney blazed a golden chance over the bar whilst unmarked from 12 yards out. The lead was doubled early again the second half when Fabregas found Nasri who crashed a superb shot into the net from 20 yards. United were inches away from halving the lead minutes later when a controlled volley from Cristiano Ronaldo sailed across goal and shaved paint off of the far post. They did pull one back late thanks to sub Rafael Da Silva who cracked in a terrific shot from the edge of the box after controlling the ball on his chest after a cross from Ryan Giggs was cleared but Arsenal held on during six minutes of stoppage time.

Attendance : 60,106
Assists : n/a, Fabregas, n/a

BOLTON 1 (Taylor 50)

Bolton moved from bottom three to top half with their second win in a row, this time at high flying Hull. Marlon King hit the bar with an acrobatic effort in the first half for the hosts but it was Bolton who broke through just after half time when Hull twice failed to clear a corner from Gary Cahill and as it fell to Matt Taylor, his miss-hit volley bobbled inside the near post. Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was the main hero for the visitors with a string of good saves, notably a double save from Geovanni and a fine reaction stop from a deflected effort by King.

Attendance : 24,903
Assist : Cahill

LIVERPOOL 3 (Keane 34, Keane 43, Arbeloa 93)

Liverpool go top of the table for a day at least with a comfortable win against West Brom. Liverpool took a while to get going but took the lead with Robbie Keane's first league goal for his new club. Steven Gerrard was the provider with a through ball that sent the Irishman running away from goal however he clipped the ball over the keeper and in for an excellent finish. Like London buses, you wait ages for one then another arrives straight away and within ten minutes, the same pair combined. An Albion corner was cleared and Gerrard's long through ball from his own half sent Keane away and as keeper Scott Carson came flying out of his area, he nicked the ball past him and finished confidently from the left edge of the box. Liverpool cruised through the second half and wrapped it up in stoppage time when Dirk Kuyt set up Alvaro Arbeloa to curl in the third.

Attendance : 43,451
Assists : Gerrard, Aurelio, Kuyt

SUNDERLAND 1 (Cisse 4)
PORTSMOUTH 2 (Belhadj 51, Defoe 91 Pen)

Portsmouth came from behind to grab a late winner at Sunderland in one of the longest away journeys in the Prem. Sunderland took an early lead when Andy Reid's long ball sent Djibril Cisse clear on goal and he finished with ease. Pompey were level just after the break when Niko Kranjcar set up Nadir Belhadj to fizz a low shot in from long range. With time ebbing away, El Hadji Diouf fouled Glen Johnson in the area for a clear penalty and Jermain Defoe smashed in the stoppage time winner.

Attendance : 37,712
Assists : Reid, Kranjcar, Johnson (won pen)

WEST HAM 1 (Collison 63)
EVERTON 3 (Lescott 83, Saha 85, Saha 87)

Attendance : 33,961
Assists : Parker, Saha, n/a, Cahill


Poor game at the JJB which even Rory Delap's long throw's couldn't salvage. Wigan had the better of what chances there were and almost won it late only for Thomas Sorensen to save well from Wilson Palacios and Titus Bramble in quick succession.

Attendance : 15,881
Assists : n/a

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