28 September 2008

PORTSMOUTH 2 (Defoe 34 Pen, Crouch 68)

Spurs remain rock bottom of the Prem after defeat at Portsmouth. The hosts went ahead when Jermaine Jenas handled a cross from Glen Little and Jermain Defoe drilled in the penalty. Spurs were furious that a similar situation later in the game wasn't given as a spot kick when Lassana Diarra handled a cross and their misery was confounded when Peter Crouch headed in from close range after Armand Traore's shot was saved. Lassana was sent off late on for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto but the result was never in doubt.

Attendance : 20,352
Assists : n/a, n/a

WIGAN 2 (Valencia 16, Zaki 34 Pen)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Kompany 22)

Wigan saw off moneybags Man City thanks to a disputed penalty at the JJB. Wigan opened the scoring with a stunning goal as Antonio Valencia collected the ball 30 yards from goal and unleashed a stinging drive that left keeper Joe Hart admiring it as it sailed into the net. City levelled when Vincent Kompany shot home from close range from Elano's free kick however the Wigan winner left City fuming. Wilson Palacios just beat Javier Garrido to the ball in the area and under minimal contact leapt like a salmon into the air. The antics worked and Amr Zaki made no mistake from the spot.

Attendance : 18,214
Assists : n/a, Palacios (won pen), Elano

27 September 2008

ARSENAL 1 (McShane 51 og)
HULL 2 (Geovanni 62, Cousin 66)

Hull produced the biggest shock of the season so far as they came from behind to beat Arsenal at the Emirates. After a goalless first half, the Gunners went ahead as Theo Walcott's run and cut back was bundled goalwards by Cesc Fabregas and then bobbled into his own net by the unlucky Paul McShane. Hull levelled with a beauty as Giovanni latched onto Kolo Toure's weak header, cut inside from the left and arrowed a scorching shot inside the far post. Four minutes later, the impossible happened as Andy Dawson's corner was glanced in via the head of Daniel Cousin. Arsenal blitzed the visiting goal after that and although William Gallas smacked a header against the bar, the equaliser never arrived.

Attendance : 60,037
Assists : n/a, n/a, Dawson (ck)

ASTON VILLA (Young 18, Carew 33)
SUNDERLAND 1 (Cisse 10)

Aston Villa's decent start continues as they came from behind to beat Sunderland. The visitors took an early lead when Steed Malbranque's through ball was clinically dispatched by Djibril Cisse, however another excellent finish, this time from Ashley Young's curling 25 yard free kick brought Villa level. The winner was cheekily finished by John Carew who back heeled in Young's cross from close range.

Attendance : 38,706
Assists : Malbranque, Young (won fk), Petrov

LIVERPOOL 2 (Torres 59, Torres 62)

Liverpool won the Merseyside bragging rights with a comfortable win at neighbours Everton. In an oddly low key game, two quick-fire goals gave Liverpool the points as Fernando Torres volleyed in Robbie Keane's cross and then three minutes later, Torres netted again with a shot into the roof of the net after Dirk Kuyt was tackled in the area. He could have netted a five minute hat trick and did have the ball in the net again only for the ref to blow for a foul as Kuyt pushed a defender. The obligatory red card came ten minutes from time when Tim Cahill caught Xabi Alonso late although a yellow would have been suitable punishment.

Attendance : 39,574
Red Card : Cahill 80 (Everton)
Assists : Keane, n/a

FULHAM 1 (Murphy 59 Pen)
WEST HAM 2 (Cole 43, Etherington 46)

West Ham came out on top of the day's London derby with a narrow win at ten man Fulham. The game collapsed for the hosts at the end of the first half as Matty Etherington's cross was only palmed out by Mark Schwarzer and tapped in by Carlton Cole. Two minutes later, Mark Noble's through ball was clipped in by Etherington as the keeper came out to the edge of his area. In got worse for Fulham in stoppage time when Andy Johnson was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Lucas Neill although in truth his first yellow, a worse tackle on Herita Ilunga, may well have merited a straight red anyway. Fulham did come back after the break and pulled a goal back through Danny Murphy's coolly taken penalty after Neill had handled but the Hammers held on.

Attendance : 23,946
Red Card : Johnson 45 (Fulham)
Assists : n/a, Noble, n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Ronaldo 60 Pen, Rooney 77)

Man United are up to mid table and have a game in hand after beating Bolton at Old Trafford. Despite's United's dominated, Bolton could have taken the lead when Fabrice Muamba shot wide of a gaping goal from close range. As it was, United needed the help of the referee who, despite being brilliantly placed, awarded a penalty when Jlloyd Samuel clearly won the ball in a tackle with Cristiano Ronaldo, a decision which even some United players couldn't quite believe. Ronaldo drilled in the penalty and then later set up Wayne Rooney with a delightful back heel for the England man to cut inside and curl in the second.

Attendance : 75,484
Assists : Ronaldo (won pen), Ronaldo

WEST BROM 1 (Olsson 53)

Middlesbrough cannot seem to kick start their season after former hero Tony Mowbray returned with his West Brom team and went home with all three points. The only goal came early in the second half as the hosts failed to clear a corner and after Ishmael Miller hooked the ball across goal, Jonas Olsson scrambled it in. Boro had a number of chances but none closer than when Afonso Alves smashed an effort against the underside of the bar.

Attendance : 26,248
Assist : Miller

NEWCASTLE 1 (Owen 51 Pen)
BLACKBURN 2 (Samba 31, Santa Cruz 41)

Two different Newcastle's teams showed up at St James as defeat against Blackburn keeps them in the bottom three. The first half saw Rovers totally dominate and deserved take the lead when Carlos Villanueva's free kick was headed in by Christopher Samba. Ten minutes later the lead was doubled when Brett Emerton crossed for Roque Santa Cruz to head the second. Newcastle improved markedly after the break and pulled one back when Ryan Nelson fouled Michael Owen from behind and Owen drilled the penalty straight down the centre of the goal.

Attendance : 44,935
Assists : Villanueva (ck), Emerton, Owen (won pen)

CHELSEA 2 (Bosingwa 36, Anelka 76)

Chelsea go top after seeing off Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Having shut out Liverpool last week, Stoke did the same to Chelsea for more than half an hour before a sweeping move saw Frank Lampard's chip find Jose Bosingwa in the area and although he may have used his arm to control the ball, play continued and he fired in from a tight angle via the man on the line. The points were secured when Bosingwa's cross was not cleared by Leon Cort and Nik Anelka drove in the second.

Attendance : 27,500
Assists : Lampard, n/a

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