24 August 2009

LIVERPOOL 1 (Torres 72)
ASTON VILLA 3 (Lucas 34 og, Davies 47, Young 75 Pen)

Liverpool lost a home league game for the first time since December 2007 as they were outgunned by Aston Villa. Liverpool had by far the better of the opening stages but capitulated as the half went on. A Villa free kick 30 yards out led to the opener for the visitors as Ashley Young's ball into the area was headed clinically into his own net by Lucas Leiva. Villa doubled the lead in first half stoppage time when a disputed, but correct, award of a corner led to Nicky Shorey's near post kick being headed in well by Curtis Davies. Liverpool battled back after the break and pulled a goal back when Emiliano Insua crossed for Fernando Torres to find the roof of the net, however the two goal cushion was restored almost straight away when Steven Gerrard chopped downed Nigel Reo-Coker and Ashley Young made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Attendance : 43,667
Assist : n/a, Shorey, Insua, Reo-Coker

23 August 2009

BURNLEY 1 (Elliott 34)

Burnley won at home for the second time in five days although again they rode their luck after conceding a penalty. Everton remain bottom of the table and were up against it from the start as Martin Paterson headed against the bar inside the first minute. The only goal was a beauty as Stephen Fletcher found Wade Elliott in the area and although his curling effort took a slight deflection, it still found the corner superbly. Everton blew a chance of an equaliser late on when Tony Hibbert went down in the area under a challenge from Chris McCann despite the Burnley man pulling out of the tackle at the last second. The ref was duped though but justice was done as Louis Saha dragged an awful spot kick wide.

Attendance : 19,983
Assist : Fletcher

CHELSEA 2 (Drogba 39, Anelka 76)

Chelsea win the West London derby to go level on points with Spurs at the top. As derbies go, it was a tepid encounter until Chelsea went ahead six minutes before the break as Nik Anelka sent Didier Drogba through and although he may have been marginally offside, the flag stayed down and he fired low into the bottom corner. It was the first time this season that Chelsea had netted the opening goal in a game. The roles were reversed for the second goal as Drogba sent Anelka clear to round the keeper comfortably and slot into a gaping net with equal ease.

Attendance : 25,404
Assists : Anelka, Drogba

WEST HAM 1 (Cole 49)
TOTTENHAM 2 (Defoe 54, Lennon 79)

Spurs came from behind at West Ham to record their third win in three this season, their best start to a campaign for 49 years! After a scrappy first half, Carlton Cole lit up proceedings with a sensational opener and a horrendous error. A long kick from keeper Robert Green was bobbled back to Cole by Luis Jimenez and he took a touch to hook the ball over his head and wallop home a superb volley from 25 yards. Six minutes later, hero turned villain as Cole produced a great through ball to put opponent Jermain Defoe clear and he finished in emphatic style. Luka Modric then headed wide for Spurs whilst Jimenez had a header saved and Cole came close again with a shot which fizzed just wide. The visitors went ahead when a pass from Vedran Corluka was intercepted by Jonathon Spector however he lost control of the ball and was robbed by Aaron Lennon who cut inside and arrowed a low drive inside the far post.

Attendance : 19,922
Assists : Jimenez, n/a, n/a

22 August 2009

ARSENAL 4 (Diaby 18, Diaby 21, Gallas 51, Ramsey 68)
PORTSMOUTH 1 (Kaboul 37)

Arsenal go top, ahead of the Sunday games, with a clinical win over luckless Portsmouth. Two goals in four minutes from the unlikely source of Abou Diaby got the Gunners started as he netted after good work from Eduardo and then tapped in Emmanuel Eboue's pin point cross. Portsmouth pulled one back when Nadir Belhadj crossed and Younes Kaboul rose superbly at the far post to head in despite protests from the hosts that he'd fouled the keeper whilst jumping. The two goal lead was restored when 'king of the fluke goals' William Gallas netted when a scramble in the area resulted in a shot from Thomas Vermaelen hitting Gallas in the face and bouncing in. Youngster Aaron Ramsey completed a comfortable win with a great finish having been sent clear by Robin Van Persie. Portsmouth remain pointless and bottom and all four clubs above them have games in hand already.

Attendance : 60,049
Assists : Eduardo, Eboue, Belhadj, Vermaelen, Van Persie


The second bore-fest at St Andrews in four days and this time there was no controversial late penalty to redeem it as Birmingham and Stoke battled out the Prem's first goalless draw of the new season and first draw of any kind. Stoke had the better of the game with Ricardo Fuller missing a sitter when he shot over from close range and the same man also had a goal disallowed. The best chance for the home side fell to Gary O'Connor but his header was brilliantly saved by Thomas Sorensen.

Attendance : 21,694
Assists : n/a

HULL 1 (Ghilas 61)

Hull picked up their first league win in 12 games with a narrow victory against Bolton. The only goal came on the hour as Jozy Altidore set up Kamel Ghilas to smash a cracker into the net from the edge of the area.

Attendance : 22,999
Assist : n/a

MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Adebayor 17)

Man City stuttered to victory against Wolves who had enough chances to grab an unlikely point. The winner came early as Carlos Tevez found Emmanuel Adebayor in the area and he fizzed a low drive inside the near post. Wolves almost earned a draw but when midweek goal hero Andy Keogh thumped a shot against the bar.

Attendance : 47,287
Assist : Tevez

SUNDERLAND 2 (Jones 32, Jones 53)
BLACKBURN 1 (Givet 21)

Sunderland came from behind against Blackburn to collected their second win of the season. The visitors took an early lead when Morten Gamst Pedersen's inswinging corner was cleared off the line only for Gael Givet to drill in from the edge of the box. Sunderland levelled when Kenwyne Jones latched onto Steed Malbranque's through ball, rounded the keeper and found the empty net. Jones also grabbed the winner with a thumping header from Lee Cattermole's cross which the keeper got his hands to but couldn't keep out.

Attendance : 37,106
Assists : n/a, Malbranque, Cattermole

MANCHESTER UNITED 5 (Rooney 56, Berbatov 58, Rooney 65, Owen 85, Nani 92 fk)

Man United put their midweek disappointment behind them with a crushing win at Wigan. After a goalless first half, United went into overdrive with three goals in a devastating nine minute spell. Wayne Rooney grabbed two, firstly with a cracking header from Antonio Valencia's cross and then with a deflected shot from the edge of the area. In between, Dimitar Berbatov also scored as he collected a pass from Darren Fletcher and beat the keeper to find the gaping net with ease. Michael Owen then lifted a huge weight from his shoulders as he was sent clear by Nani to clip a superb finish over the keeper which found the net via the far post. Nani completed the rout with a late free kick from 25 free yards.
Attendance : 18,164
Assists : Valencia, Scholes, n/a, Nani, Berbatov (won fk)

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