1 November 2010

BLACKPOOL 2 (Adam 12 Pen, Varney 62)
WEST BROM 1 (Mulumbu 85)

Blackpool move into the top half as they eased past West Brom who had two players sent off in the opening 30 minutes. Blackpool took an early lead when DJ Campbell showed a lovely touch to get past Pablo Ibanez only to be tripped in the area. Whilst there was little doubt about the award of the penalty, the red card to the Baggies defender was harsh to say the least. Charlie Adam drilled the penalty home despite keeper Scott Carson getting hands to it. By the half hour mark the visitors were reduced to NINE men when Gonzalo Jara launched into a ridiculously dangerous two-footed challenge on Luke Varney and was shown a well justified straight red. All the more crazy in that there was next to no danger as Varney had the ball literally by the corner flag. West Brom actually then settled and gave a decent account of themselves before the lead was doubled just after the hour when a low ball across goal from Elliot Grandin was converted at the far post by Varney as he slid in. The visitors set up a nervy finale when a Youssuf Mulumbu was found well by a defensive header from Steven Reid and having ran at the home backline, he fired a firm shot into the roof of the net.

Attendance : 15,210
Red Cards : Pablo 11 (West Brom), Jara 29 (West Brom)
Assists : Campbell (won pen), Grandin, Reid

31 October 2010


No goals in the second city derby as Villa and Birmingham struggled to create anything clear cut. Birmingham felt that they should have had a first half penalty when Nigel Reo-Coker handled in the area but nothing was awarded. Ashley Young came as close as anyone late on for the hosts when he crashed a shot against the outside of the post.

Attendance : 40,688
Assist : n/a

LIVERPOOL 1 (Maxi Rodriguez 86)

Liverpool move out of the bottom three after a late goal saw them collect all three points at Bolton. In a game which rarely sparked into life, the visitors won in with four minutes remaining as a pass from Lucas was flicked on by Fernando Torres and Maxi Rodriguez found the net with a prodded effort which the keeper did get a hand to.

Attendance : 25,171
Assist : Totti

NEWCASTLE 5 (Nolan 26, Nolan 34, Ameobi 49 Pen, Ameobi 70, Nolan 75)
SUNDERLAND 1 (Bent 90)

Kevin Nolan grabbed a hat trick as Newcastle thumped Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby at St James Park. Nolan's first two came either side of the half hour mark as firstly he netted with a close range overhead kick after Joey Barton's corner was initially met by a crowd of players at the far post. He then doubled the lead with a slotted effort after Andy Carroll's attempted effort was horribly misskicked! In first half stoppage time the hosts added a third when Jonas Gutierrez was hacked over in the area by Nedum Onuoha and Shola Ameobi drilled the spot kick into the bottom corner. Things didn't improve after the break for Sunderland as they were reduced to ten men when former Newcastle defender Titus Bramble was shown a straight red card for clattering over Carroll as be went to burst into the area much to the enjoyment of the home fans. Ameobi then added his second, and Newcastle's fourth, with a superb volley after Carroll had crashed a header against the bar and within five minutes Nolan notched his hat trick goal with a close range header after Ameobi had nodded Barton's corner goalwards. Sunderland had the last word when Darren Bent turned the ball in from a couple of yards after Jordan Henderson's corner was headed on by John Mensah but it little to douse the spirits of the home fans.

Attendance : 51,988
Red Card : Bramble 53 (Sunderland)
Assists : n/a, Carroll, Gutierrez (won pen), n/a, Ameobi, Henderson

30 October 2010

ARSENAL 1 (Song 88)

Arsenal left it late to maintain second place and keep West Ham condemned to remain rooted to the foot of the table. Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott hit the bar and post respectively for the hosts before the only goal came with two minutes to go as Gael Clichy cut inside to clip the ball across for Alex Song to nod in with a brave diving header.

Attendance : 60,086
Assist : Clichy

BLACKBURN 1 (Benjani 21)
CHELSEA 2 (Anelka 39, Ivanovic 84)

Chelsea keep their five point cushion at the top but also left it late as they came from behind to beat Blackburn. The hosts can feel hard done by as they probably deserved a draw, especially after taking the lead when Benjani rose to head in a cross from El Hadji Diouf. Chelsea levelled before the break as Nik Anelka slotted in after Didier Drogba headed down Florent Malouda's cross after he'd been found by a long kick from keeper Petr Cech. Jason Roberts missed a great chance as he slotted wide whilst clean through for the hosts before the Champions clinched the win with six minutes to go as Yuri Zhirkov's run and cross saw Branislav Ivanovic head in at the far post.

Attendance : 25,836
Assists : Diouf, Drogba, Zhirkov

EVERTON 1 (Yakubu 67)

Everton's recent good run continued with a narrow win at home to Stoke. The only goal came midway through the second half when Yakubu crashed the ball into the net after Tim Cahill's effort had rebounded off the post.

Attendance : 35,513
Assists : n/a

FULHAM 2 (Dempsey 30, Dempsey 44)

Two first half goals from Clint Dempsey was enough to see Fulham grab all three points against Wigan. His first came on the half hour as he headed in a cross from Carlos Salcido and he doubled the lead just before the interval with a terrific first time shot from Chris Baird's cross.

Attendance : 25,448
Assists : Salcido, Baird

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Vidic 31, Nani 84)

Man United remain five points behind Chelsea after a win against Spurs but the game will long be remembered for a somewhat unusual second goal. Both clubs almost netted inside the opening ten minutes as Ji-Sung Park hit the post for United before Rafael Van Der Vaart did the same for the visitors. United eventually broke through just after the half hour as a free kick from Nani was headed powerfully in by captain Nemanja Vidic. Major controversy ruled over the second United goal as, seconds after Nani seemed to be denied a penalty, Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes prepared to clear what he thought was a dead ball however no foul had been awarded and Nani got to his feet and tapped the ball into the net with Gomes diving in vain to keep it out. The referee allowed it, the linesman flagged and was then overruled after a discussion with the ref and it was given again. Ultimately a foul on Nani wasn't awarded so the ball wasn't dead but Spurs felt that he handled it whilst on the ground and therefore a free kick should have been given! In a season of strange goals, this was right up there.

Attendance : 75,223
Assists : Nani (fk), n/a

WOLVES 2 (Milijas 30, Edwards 57)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Adebayor 23 Pen)

Wolves put a dent in Man City's vague title hopes as they came from behind to see off the moneybags side. City began superbly and went ahead through a penalty from Emmanuel Adebayor after Richard Stearman had fouled David Silva. Wolves stormed back and levelled shortly afterwards thanks to Nenad Milijas who fired in a shot from the edge of the area after being set up by Matt Jarvis with a deflected cross. Wolves clinched the points when Kevin Doyle's shot was blocked and David Edwards converted the loose ball.

Attendance : 25,971
Assists : Silva (won pen), n/a, n/a

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