29 November 2009

CHELSEA 3 (Drogba 41, Vermaelen 45 og, Drogba 86 fk)

Chelsea maintain their five point lead at the top of the table with a comfortable win at Arsenal. The game took a while to really take off and it was the visitors that struck just before the break as Ashley Cole's cross from the left was met by the leg of Didier Drogba and the ball found the net via the bar and the far post. It was like Groundhog Day four minutes later as another Cole cross was heading for Drogba again only for Thomas Vermaelen to poke his leg out and deflect the ball into his own net, again courtesy of the far post. Arsenal battled back after the interval and after Drogba's badly underhit back pass resulted in a scramble in the area, Andrey Arshavin blasted the ball in only for the goal to be ruled out after Eduardo seemed to kick the ball out of Petr Cech's hands. The Gunners enjoyed possession but rarely threatened and Chelsea wrapped it up late when Drogba's stunning free kick flew past the keeper and into the corner.

Attendance : 60,067
Assists : Cole, n/a, Essien (won fk)

LIVERPOOL 2 (Yobo 12 og, Kuyt 80)

Liverpool eased the pressure on boss Rafael Benitez with an excellent win at Goodison in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool led early when a shot from Javier Mascherano took a nasty deflection off of the leg of Joseph Yobo to send the ball past keeper Tim Howard and into his own net. The visitors clinched the win with ten minutes to go when Albert Reira's shot was saved by Howard and Dirk Kuyt was on hand to net from the rebound.

Attendance : 39,652
Assists : n/a, n/a

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Bowyer 3)

Birmingham won the Midlands derby at Wolves with a superb early strike from Lee Bowyer. It came inside three minutes as Sebastien Larsson played the ball back to Bowyer on the edge of the area and he curled a beauty inside the far post from 20 yards.

Attendance : 26,668
Assist : Larsson

28 November 2009

ASTON VILLA 1 (Agbonlahor 10)
TOTTENHAM 1 (Dawson 77)

Attendance : 39,866
Assists : n/a, n/a


No goals at Ewood Park as Blackburn and Stoke failed to break the deadlock. Both clubs created chances with Rovers coming closest when Steven Nzonzi hit the post.

Attendance : 25,143
Assists : n/a

FULHAM 1 (Duff 75)
BOLTON 1 (Klasnic 35)

Honours even at Craven Cottage as Fulham came from behind to earn a point at home to Bolton. The visitors took the lead when Ivan Klasnic controlled Gary Cahill's header before firing in however Fulham earned a point thanks to Damien Duff who was found by Erik Nevland before making space and shooting home across goal.

Attendance : 23,554
Assists : Cahill, Nevland

MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Gardner 46 og)
HULL 1 (Bullard 82 Pen)

Hull netted a late penalty as condemn Man City to a Premier League record seventh successive league draw. City were ahead on half time when Anthony Gardner could only deflect Shaun Wright-Phillips long range effort into his own net with a skim of a header. Hull levelled from the spot after Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was apparently pulled back by Kolo Toure. Jimmy Bullard celebrated the successful spot kick by mocking the on-pitch team talk given by boss Phil Brown in the fixture last season. Superb celebration which even Brown admitted he enjoyed!

Attendance : 46,382
Assists : n/a, Vennegoor (won pen)

PORTSMOUTH 1 (Boateng 32 Pen)
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (Rooney 25 Pen, Rooney 48, Rooney 54 Pen, Giggs 87 fk)

Man United closed the gap on Chelsea ahead of the Sunday games as Wayne Rooney's hat trick helped see off bottom club Portsmouth. Two of Rooney's goals were penalties, including the first after he was fouled by Michael Brown. Pompey levelled shortly afterwards, also from the spot as Nemanja Vidic was spotted pulling the shirt of Frederic Piquionne - a decision which mystified everyone initially - and Kevin-Prince Boateng netted from the spot. Within nine minutes of the start of the second half, Rooney scored twice to complete his triple as firstly he converted a Ryan Giggs pass from close range and then scored his second penalty after Giggs was fouled by Piquionne. Giggs added late fourth goal himself with a superb 25 yard free kick.

Attendance : 20,482
Assists : Rooney (won pen), n/a, Giggs, Giggs (won pen), Evra (won fk)

WEST HAM 5 (Collison 18, Stanislas 33, Cole 43 Pen, Franco 51, Jimenez 64 Pen)
BURNLEY 3 (Fletcher 68, Fletcher 74, Eagles 95)

West Ham blitzed Burnley with a five goal salvo at Upton Park yet amazingly ended up with a struggle to hold onto all three points. The Hammers were ahead when Scott Parker's quickly taken free kick sent Collison clear to slot in and the lead was doubled when Guillermo Franco sent Junior Stanislas clear on goal and although his first effort was saved, he slid in the rebound from a tight angle despite players on the line. Just before the break, Robbie Blake fouled Jonathon Spector and Carlton Cole calmed netted from the spot. After the break, Franco headed in a Stanislas cross from close range and then sub Luis Jimenez scored with another penalty after he'd been brought down by keeper Brian Jensen. A Hammers fan said to me after the game that only West Ham could make their fans suffer after being 5-0 up and so it was as Burnley battled back with two quick fire goals from Steven Fletcher as he tapped in a Chris Eagles shot at the far post and then doubled his tally with a very similar set up and finish from his first! The visitors were reduced to ten men when Steven Caldwell was sent off for pulling back Zavon Hines as he burst clear but even then Burnley scored again when Eagles converted a Tyrone Mears cross.

Attendance : 34,003
Red Card : Caldwell 92 (Burnley)
Assists : Parker (fk), n/a, Spector (won pen), Stanislas (fk), Jimenez (won pen), Eagles, Eagles, Mears

WIGAN 1 (Rodallega 76)

Wigan bounced back from their nine goal humiliation last week with a fine home win against high flyers Sunderland. The only goal came late as Hugo Rodallega ran onto Paul Scharner's long ball and slot in from a tricky angle after holding off his marker.

Attendance : 20,447
Assists : Tomas

25 November 2009

FULHAM 3 (Nevland 43, Dempsey 67, Dempsey 88)

Fulham moved into mid table with a comfortable win over Blackburn who are two points and two places below the London side. It was tough on Rovers who dominated the first half but were caught with a sucker punch just before the interval as Damien Duff set up Erik Nevland to drill in the opener. Midway through the second half, the lead was doubled as Duff was again the provider to leave Clint Dempsey with a close range tap in. Dempsey also grabbed the late third with a turn and shot at the near post after Simon Davies set him up.

Attendance : 21,414
Assists : Duff, n/a, Davies

HULL 3 (Hunt 9, Dawson 20 fk, Marney 28)
EVERTON 2 (Zayatte 49 og, Saha 65 Pen)

Hull made in seven points from the last three games with a win at home to Everton but they almost blew it after being three up at half time. The hosts effectively had the game won inside half an hour as Stephen Hunt walloped home after Jozy Altidore's shot was saved and then Andy Dawson curled in a beauty of a free kick. Hunt's cross was then half cleared to Dean Marney who fired home a rare goal courtesy of a deflection. The second half was a personal nightmare for Hull's Kamil Zayatte who firstly sliced Johnny Heitinga's cross over his own keeper and into the net and the fouled Louis Saha to allow the Everton man to score from the spot, however Hull held on for a fine win.

Attendance : 24,685
Assists : n/a, Geovanni (won fk), n/a, n/a, Saha (won pen)

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