24 November 2008

WIGAN 1 (Camara 51)

Wigan move out of the relegation zone with a narrow win against Everton. The first half was goalless but notable for a remarkable save on half time as Everton keeper Tim Howard somehow kept out a close range header from Paul Scharner. Wigan clinched the win after the break when Wilson Palacios found space in the area and his low cross was slid in by Henri Camara.

Attendance : 18,344
Assist : Valencia

23 November 2008

TOTTENHAM 1 (Pavlyuchenko 9)

Spurs move out of the relegation zone with a hard fought win against ten man Blackburn. After Rovers began well, Spurs took the lead when Aaron Lennon dispossessed Martin Olsson in midfield and having surged into the area, set up Roman Pavlyuchenko to sweep the ball home. He almost added a second shortly afterwards but headed against the foot of the post. Benni McCarthy came closest for Blackburn when his first time shot was just over but they ended the half with ten men when Olsson's torrid spell against Lennon resulted in a second yellow card for a foul on the winger and a subsequent red. Spurs dominated possession after the interval but couldn't grab the killer goal although Jonathon Woodgate and Frazier Campbell were off target with headers and Lennon drilled a shot at Paul Robinson.

Attendance : 35,903
Assist : Lennon

WEST HAM 1 (Behrami 20)

West Ham won for the first time in eight games with a narrow win at Sunderland. The home side began well but went behind when they only cleared a cross by Julien Faubert to the edge of the box where Valon Behrami took a touch before firing the ball into the net, aided hugely by a deflection off of Kenwyne Jones. The hosts could have levelled when Djibril Cisse headed wide and Andy Reid hit the bar however they also felt they should have had a free kick or maybe a penalty when Cisse seemed to be hauled down whilst through but play was waved on. The Hammers should have doubled their lead just before the break as an error by Anton Ferdinand gifted Craig Bellamy a clear run on goal but having rounded the keeper, the angle became too tight and he squared it for Behrami who tried to break the net from five yards but only smashed it against the bar. Sunderland dominated possession after the break but too many crosses from deep followed by too many clearing headers meant that the Hammers lead was rarely threatened.

Attendance : 35,903
Assist : n/a

22 November 2008


Chelsea stay top despite being held at home by Newcastle. The home side had the majority of play and almost took the lead only for Shay Given to save brilliantly from Frank Lampard's header. Ashley Cole headed an effort across goal and just wide whilst a Lampard free kick was just caught on the line by Given as replays proved it had stayed out.

Attendance : 41,660
Assists : n/a


Liverpool failed to capitalise on Chelsea's slip up with a goalless draw of their own at home to Fulham. Robbie Keane missed Liverpool's best chance as he shot at keeper Mark Schwarzer whilst clean through however Fulham did not rely solely on defence and home keeper Jose Reina had to pull off a decent save to keep out Jimmy Bullard.

Attendance : 43,589
Assists : n/a

MANCHESTER CITY 3 (Ireland 47, Robinho 56, Sturridge 92 Pen)

Arsenal ended a dismal week off the pitch with a dismal display on the pitch as they were well and truly beaten at Man City. The hosts took the lead on half time when Benjani found Stephen Ireland and as he burst into the area, two defenders had the chance to clear the ball but got in each others way allowing Ireland to finish well into the top corner. Early in the second half, Shaun Wright-Phillips sent Robinho clear and as the keeper came out, he chipped a superb effort over him and into the net. He could have had a hat trick but had a goal harshly ruled out for offside and then had a effort cleared off the line after he'd rounded the keeper. City completed matters late on when Danny Sturridge was fouled by Johan Djourou and confident dispatched the penalty himself.

Attendance : 44,878
Assists : n/a, Wright-Phillips, Sturridge (won pen)

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Pogatetz 77)
BOLTON 3 (Davis 8, Taylor 10, Elmander 78)

Bolton moved up to 12th, a point behind Middlesbrough after a good win at the Riverside. The visitors were two up early on as Matt Taylor's cross was headed in at the far post by Gretar Steinsson although the last touch came off of the back of his team mate - Kevin Davies' - head. Boro hadn't recovered when Taylor collected a cross from Steinsson and after an excellent first touch, fired in off the far post. Boro pulled one back when Emmanuel Pogatetz blasted in from close range after David Wheater had kept the ball in the area but almost straight from the kick off, Jlloyd Samuel set up Johan Elmander to drill in the third.

Attendance : 24,487
Assists : Steinsson, Steinsson, Wheater, Samuel

PORTSMOUTH 2 (Crouch 20, Johnson 63)
HULL 2 (Turner 54, Pamarot 89 og)

Hull twice came from behind to earn a useful point at Portsmouth. Papa Bouba Diop headed against the underside of the bar for Pompey before a cross from Younes Kaboul was headed powerfully in by Peter Crouch. Geovanni then smashed a swerving long range effort against the bar for Hull who then levelled after the break when Dean Marney's corner was helped on by Kamil Zayatte and headed in at the far post by Michael Turner. Pompey regained the lead with a brilliant strike from Glen Johnson who collected a clearance from Sean Davis's cross on his chest and the hammered an unstoppable volley into the top corner from 30 yards. It looked to be enough for the hosts until late on when Noe Pamarot headed into his own net under pressure from Dean Windass as Portsmouth failed to clear a cross.

Attendance : 20,240
Assists : Kaboul, Zayatte, n/a, n/a

STOKE 1 (Sidibe 84)

Stoke move into mid table after a narrow win against bottom club West Brom. Stoke had the better of a dour game and won it with six minutes left when Danny Higginbotham crossed for Mamady Sidibe to head home.

Attendance : 26,613
Assist : Higginbotham


Goalless at Villa Park as Man United become the fourth of the Big Four to fail to score today - the first time it's happened since February 1993. United dominated a largely forgettable first half but after the break the tempo was better although chances remained rare. Villa came close twice through Ashley Young who was denied by Edwin Van Der Sar although the first was more of a cross. United spurned the best chance though when Wayne Rooney blazed over from close range. It's the first time in six years that Villa have taken a point from United.

Attendance : 42,585
Assists : n/a

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