28 September 2009

MANCHESTER CITY 3 (Tevez 5, Petrov 32 fk, Tevez 61)
WEST HAM 1 (Cole 24)

Man City move into fifth, three points behind the leaders, with a comfortable win over West Ham. City dominated the first half and went ahead when Martin Petrov found space on the left edge of the area and his low cross was netted from close range by Carlos Tevez against his former club, a fact recognised by the player and his understated, apologetic celebration. The Hammers levelled against the run of play when Radoslav Kovac's shot was flicked in by Carlton Cole however the lead was restored as Petrov's free kick fizzed low into the bottom corner of the net. Tevez wrapped it up on the hour with a far post header from Craig Bellamy's inswinging free kick.

Attendance : 42,745
Assists : Petrov, Kovac, De Jong (won fk), Bellamy

27 September 2009

SUNDERLAND 5 (Bent 9 Pen, Jones 48 Pen, Jones 70, Turner 73, Mancienne 91 og)
WOLVES 2 (Mensah 50 og, Doyle 55)

Sunderland move level on points with Arsenal, Villa and Man City after a remarkable win against Wolves in a game on penalties and bizarre goals. An early penalty in each half put the hosts two goals up, firstly when Segundo Castillo was ruled to have brought down Darren Bent despite replays showing that he got the ball first. Bent stepped up and dispatched the spot kick. Three minutes after the interval Bent was fouled again, this time conclusively by Christophe Berra, however Kenwyne Jones took the penalty this time and again made no mistake. It seemed to inspire Wolves who pulled one back in freakish fashion when keeper Craig Gordon saved well from Berra only to palm the ball against the chest of team mate John Mensah and it rebounded into his own net. Five minutes later Wolves were level as Kieran Richardson's miss-placed back pass forced Gordon to handle the ball to avoid it going into the net and from the resulting close range free kick, Karl Henry's shot hammered into the wall but Kevin Doyle bundled in the rebound. Sunderland didn't crumble and were back ahead with a low drive from Jones from the edge of the box having been found by Bent and within minutes it was four when Michael Turner headed in Andy Reid's corner. There was still time for another oddity of a goal in stoppage time as Bent's shot was deflected into his own net by Michael Mancienne.

Attendance : 28,671
Assists : Bent (won pen), Bent (won pen), n/a, n/a, Bent, Reid (ck), n/a

26 September 2009

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Philips 84)
BOLTON 2 (Cohen 10, Lee 86)

Bolton collected a useful win at Birmingham to move into mid table, level on points with their opponents. The visitors struck early when a long throw was helped on by Kevin Davies and headed in by Tamir Cohen. It stayed the same until the last six minutes when the home side levelled when sub Kevin Phillips played a neat one-two with Christian Benitez before drilled a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Their joy was short lived though as Bolton regained the lead within two minutes when Matt Taylor thudded a free kick against the post and sub Chung-Yong Lee eventually made sense of the ensuing scramble to score from close range.

Attendance : 28,671
Assists : K Davis, Benitez, n/a

BLACKBURN 2 (Samba 24, Dunn 89 Pen)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Agbonlahor 3)

Blackburn came from a goal and man down to pick up an unlikely win at home to Aston Villa. The visitors began strongly and were ahead inside three minutes when Gabriel Agbonlahor latched onto James Milner's flick on and although he didn't connect well with the shot, it beat the keeper and bobbled in off the post. Rovers equalised midway through the half as Villa failed to deal with Ryan Nelsen's hoofed ball forward and Christopher Samba netted from close range. Blackburn's cause wasn't helped when Vince Grella was shown a second yellow card for a clattering challenge on Milner however they overcame the odds late on when France Di Santo's shot was blocked by the raised hand of Richard Dunne and David Dunn stepped up to dispatch the penalty.

Attendance : 25,172
Red Card : Grella 68 (Blackburn)
Assists : Milner, n/a, n/a

ARSENAL 1 (Van Persie 52)

Arsenal move into fifth after victory at Fulham although the hosts deserved at least a point. Fulham were the better side before the break with away keeper Vito Mannone by far the busier however early in the second half the Gunners took the lead with a quality goal. A chipped ball forward by Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the area and having killed the ball with a superb first touch, he then shot across the keeper and just inside the far post. Fulham created enough chances to level as Mannone saved twice from Andy Johnson and then from a close range header by Bobby Zamora. Arsenal could have doubled the lead late on with both Emmanuel Eboue and Nicklas Bendtner missing chances but 2-0 would have flattered them.

Attendance : 25,700
Assist : Fabregas

LIVERPOOL 6 (Torres 12, Torres 28, Torres 47, Gerrard 61, Babel 88, Babel 91)
HULL 1 (Geovanni 15)

Fernando Torres hit a hat trick as Liverpool blitzed Hull for six at Anfield. His first was set up by Albert Reira and slotted into the corner however Hull threatened to spoil things with an equaliser as Geovanni volleyed in after Liverpool failed to clear Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink's header. After that, it was one way traffic as Torres added his second as he collected a pass from Yossi Benayoun then dribbled past keeper and two defenders before rolling the ball in. He completed his treble after the break with another conclusive finish after Benayoun again collected the assist. The fourth was either brilliance or fluke depending on how you look at it as Emiliano Insua found Steven Gerrard on the left flank and his cross (shot??) sailed over the keeper and inside the far post. Two late goals from Ryan Babel completed the rout as he fired in a cross from Dirk Kuyt and then inadvertently got in the way of a shot by Reira only for the ball to loop up and over the keeper.

Attendance : 44,392
Assists : Riera, n/a, n/a, Benayoun, Insua, Kuyt, Reira

EVERTON 1 (Saha 42)

Eight defeats out of eight for Portsmouth but they more than held their own at home to Everton. The only goal came just before the break as Louis Saha ran onto a through ball from Johnny Heitinga and fired past David James. Portsmouth could count themselves unlucky though as Aaron Mokoena hit the bar, Leighton Baines cleared an effort off the line and visiting keeper Tim Howard made a number of decent saves.

Attendance : 18,116
Assist : Heitinga

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Berbatov 62, O'Shea 77)

Man United go top on goal difference after seeing off a resolute Stoke side. It took United over an hour to breakthrough as sub Ryan Giggs set up Dimitar Berbatov to tap into an empty net. Giggs also hand a hand in the second as his free kick was superbly headed in by John O'Shea.

Attendance : 27,500
Assists : Giggs, Giggs (fk)

TOTTENHAM 5 (Keane 18 Pen, Jenas 33, Keane 74, Keane 77, Keane 87)

Robbie Keane outdid Fernando Torres and struck four times as Spurs destroyed Burnley at the Lane. He needed a penalty to get started after Jermaine Defoe was sliced down by Andre Bikey and before the break, Jermaine Jenas added a second with a deflected effort after Niko Kranjcar saw his shot blocked. The second half belonged to Keane as he added his second with a firm finish from Aaron Lennon's cut back and then completed his hat trick three minutes later as he latched onto a pass from Tom Huddlestone and drilled in a low shot. He still wasn't finished though as he added a fourth late on after collecting a flick on from Peter Crouch and shooting through the keepers legs and in off the post.

Attendance : 35,462
Assists : Defoe (won pen), n/a, Lennon, Huddlestone, n/a,

WIGAN 3 (Bramble 16, Rodallega 53 Pen, Scharner 91)
CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 47)

Wigan recorded their first ever top flight win in 35 attempts over a `big four` club as Chelsea lost top spot at the DW stadium. Wigan led at the interval when Charles N'Zogbia crossed for Titus Bramble to head in however just after the break, Florent Malouda found Didier Drogba who levelled matters up with a shot which keeper Chris Kirkland allowed through his legs and just over the line. The turning point came four minutes later when Hugo Rodallega found space and as he rounded keeper Petr Cech, he was brought down. Contact was minimal but evident and the keeper was sent off although he did himself no favours by continually questioning the decision and taking an age to leave. Malouda was sacrificed for sub keeper Henrique Hilario whose first job was to pick the ball from the net as Rodallega walloped the spot kick home. Wigan clinched it late on when Paul Scharner tapped in from a yard out even though Maynor Figueroa's effort was probably going in.

Attendance : 18,542
Red Card : Cech 51 (Chelsea)
Assists : N'Zogbia, Malouda, Rodallega (won pen), Figueroa

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