10 November 2010

ASTON VILLA 3 (Downing 28, Delfouneso 60, Collins 89)
BLACKPOOL 2 (Harewood 46, Campbell 87)

Aston Villa saw off a limpet-like Blackpool with a late winner after the seasiders twice came from behind to level. Villa took the lead when Ashley Young found Stuart Downing who found the net with a cracking shot, aided by a deflection. On the stroke of half time, Blackpool levelled when Matt Phillips sent Marlon Harewood clear with a neat back heel and the former Villa man rolled the ball inside the far post. Villa regained the lead on the hour through Nathan Delfouneso with a crisp finish after Young had again provided the through ball. In a dramatic finale, Blackpool levelled three minutes from time when DJ Campbell collected the ball on the edge of the area and after twisting and turning, fired home with a deflection again playing a major. Villa won it just two minutes later as Downing's corner was superbly headed in by James Collins.

Attendance : 34,330
Assists : Young, Phillips, Young, Ormerod, Downing

CHELSEA 1 (Essien 30)

Chelsea move four points clear at the top after a narrow win against West London rivals Fulham. The only goal came on the half hour as Salomon Kalou crossed for Michael Essien to head powerfully home. Essien blotted his copy book in stoppage time when he was sent off after launching into a two footed tackle on Clint Dempsey.

Attendance : 41,593
Red Card : Essien 94 (Chelsea)
Assist : Kalou (fk)

EVERTON 1 (Beckford 94)
BOLTON 1 (Klasnic 79)

Jermaine Beckford netted his first league goal for Everton as they needed a stoppage time equaliser at home to Bolton. All the excitement happened late as Bolton took the lead when Matt Taylor's cross was tapped in at the far post by Ivan Klasnic. The hosts were reduced to ten men when Marouane Fellaini kicked out at Paul Robinson after the pair went in for a tackle. The hosts grabbed a last ditch leveller when Beckford curled in a beauty from the left edge of the area after being found by Leighton Baines.

Attendance : 31,808
Red Card : Fellaini 86 (Everton)
Assists : Taylor, Baines


Goalless at Eastlands in what was one of the more uneventful Manchester derbies in recent years. After the traditional pre-match slanging match and war of words, the game began tamely with United having the better of things but only a Patrice Evra shot straight at keeper Joe Hart threatening the scoresheet. As half time approached, the tempo picked up slightly after Carlos Tevez tested visiting keeper Edwin Van Der Sar with a curling free kick, culminating in a `handbags at ten paces` moment between Tevez and Rafael on the stroke of the interval. The game had to improve as a spectacle after the break although it took a good ten minutes before Dimitar Berbatov's volley was easily gathered by Hart. Sadly it didn't continue although Tevez and Gareth Barry had, at best, half chances for City. Enter new United hero Javier Hernandez with thirteen minutes to go to replace Berbatov but he had little impact. City almost took advantage of a lack of concentration in United's defence which gifted Pablo Zabaleta the ball but he fired over whilst at the other end, Michael Carrick's shot took a horrible deflection but drifted wide. The four minutes of stoppage time was only notable for a pointless home substitution which saw Emmanuel Adebayor brought on with a minute left.

Attendance : 47,679
Assists : n/a

NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll 47)
BLACKBURN 2 (Pedersen 3, Roberts 82)

Blackburn moved away from the drop zone as a late winner earned them a surprise win at Newcastle. Rovers took an early lead when Cheick Tiote dallied in the area and lost possession, allowing the ball to squirm through to Morten Gamst Pedersen to drill in from a tight angle. The hosts levelled when a long ball forward from Joey Barton found Andy Carroll unmarked in the area and his header across goal found the net. Another long ball provided the winner as keeper Paul Robinson's clearance found Jason Roberts who outmuscled two defenders to finish well. The headlines went to Barton who seemed to punch Pedersen in the chest with the referee's back turned.

Attendance : 41,053
Assists : Emerton (fk), Barton (fk), n/a

WEST HAM 2 (Parker 43, Piquionne 50 Pen)
WEST BROM 2 (Odemwingie 38 Pen, Pablo 71)

Honours even at Upton Park as West Ham and West Brom shared two penalties and four goals. The Baggies led with a Peter Odemwingie penalty after the referee spotted a push by Luis Boa Morte on Steven Reid as a corner came over, however five minutes later when Carlton Cole's shot was blocked and Scott Parker arrowed a belter of a shot into the top corner from 25 yards. The Hammers led after the break with a spot kick of their own, converted by Frederic Piquionne after Kieron Dyer was bundled over by Gabriel Tamas, however this time the visitors bounced back to level when Pablo Ibanez headed in Chris Brunt's deep cross.

Attendance : 33,023
Assists : Reid (won pen), n/a, Dyer (won pen), Brunt

WIGAN 1 (Rodallega 52)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Torres 7)

Liverpool's winning run comes to an end as they were held to a draw at Wigan. They led early when Steven Gerrard's through ball was expertly finished by a rejuvenated Fernando Torres, however Wigan earned a useful point as a cross from Ronnie Stam was palmed away by keeper Jose Reina and Hugo Rodallega volleyed the ball in. Gerrard almost won it late on but his shot thudded against the underside of the bar.

Attendance : 16,754
Assists : Gerrard, n/a

ARSENAL 2 (Chamakh 1, Chamakh 94)

Goals from Marouane Chamakh at either end of the game gave Arsenal a good win at Wolves. His first came after just 37 seconds - the quickest Prem goal this season - a fine header from a cross by Alex Song. With time almost up, the hosts were caught on the break as Cesc Fabregas sent Chamakh clear to finish with the outside of his boot.

Attendance : 27,329
Assists : Song, Fabregas

9 November 2010

STOKE 3 (Huth 44, Fuller 71, Whitehead 85)
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Fahey 74, Jerome 76)

Stoke edged a five goal thriller as they saw off Birmingham at the Britannia. Stoke took the lead just before the end of a scrappy first half when a shot from Ricardo Fuller was blocked but it fell nicely for Robert Huth to crash the ball from almost on the penalty spot. The lead should have been doubled before the break but keeper Ben Foster saved a stinging shot from Rory Delap and then a header from Huth was blocked by team mate Fuller! Stoke however led at the break for the first time this season and the Huth goal was only the second goal they'd netted in the first half all season! In the second half Birmingham battled back as Cameron Jerome's shot and then later Roger Johnson's header were both well saved by keeper Asmir Begovic. Then, as the game exploded into life in the final twenty minutes, in an astonishing sequence, Jerome's cross was thumped against his own post by Danny Higginbotham before two more efforts in quick succession were blocked. Within a minute, Stoke doubled the lead out of nothing as Fuller drifted wide on the right with the ball and appeared to be going nowhere before cutting inside and curling a beauty inside the far post. The visitors pulled one back when Higginbotham's poor clearing header fell to sub Keith Fahey who controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed in a cracking shot and two minutes later they were levelled as Sebastien Larsson's cross was expertly headed into the corner by Jerome with the keeper left standing. Stoke rallied and regained the lead with five minutes to go when Matt Etherington's low cross was not dealt with by either Barry Ferguson or Scott Dann, both of whom got a touch to it, and it fell to Dean Whitehead to poach a goal from close range.

Attendance : 26,381
Assists : n/a, n/a, n/a, Larsson, n/a

TOTTENHAM 1 (Van der Vaart 64)
SUNDERLAND 1 (Gyan 67)

Honours even at White Hart Lane as Sunderland came from behind to earn a creditable draw at Spurs. The hosts led just after the hour when Gareth Bale's cross was nodded back by sub Peter Crouch leaving Rafael Van Der Vaart to score from close range. It lasted three minutes as a through ball from Danny Wellbeck got William Gallas and Younes Kaboul in a tangle and in nipped Asamoah Gyan to fire in his third goal in two games.

Attendance : 35,843
Assists : Crouch, Wellbeck

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