14 November 2010

EVERTON 1 (Cahill 89)
ARSENAL 2 (Sagna 36, Fabregas 48)

Arsenal move into second place as a goal in each half saw off Everton. The visitors led when Bacary Sagna thumped the ball in after Andrey Arshavin pulled it back after Tim Howard had saved by Samir Nasri's shot. The lead was doubled early in the second half when Marouane Chamakh touched the ball into the path of Cesc Fabregas who made no mistake from the edge of the area. He hosts pulled one back late on when Tim Cahill volleyed in from close range from Louis Saha's header but there was to be no last minute leveller from Everton this time.

Attendance : 36,279
Assists : Arshavin, Chamakh, Saha

SUNDERLAND 3 (Onuoha, Gyan 52, Wellbeck 87)

Sunderland threw the title race wide open with a sensational win at leaders Chelsea and this was not a lucky result as the visitors - without an away win all season! - were the better side throughout. Chelsea - 100% at home in the league before today - could have been behind even before Nedum Onouha collected a clearing header and then tore at the heart of the Chelsea backline, dribbling past three players before bobbling a shot past Petr Cech and into the corner. Early in the second half the lead was doubled as a good passing interchange ended with Jordan Henderson sending Asamoah Gyan through and his finish was highly confident. The anticipated Chelsea onslaught never arrived and late their misery was complete as Ashley Cole, down by his own corner flag, overhit a back pass which by-passed Cech and left Danny Wellbeck with a comfortable tap in.

Attendance : 41,072
Assists : n/a, Henderson, n/a

13 November 2010

ASTON VILLA 2 (Young 72 Pen, Albrighton 76)
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Macheda 81, Vidic 85)

Man United missed the chance to cut Chelsea's lead to a point as they came from two goals down at Aston Villa. The match exploded into life with eighteen minutes to go when Villa were awarded a penalty after Ashley Young was brought down by Wes Brown. Young converted the spot kick. Four minutes later, sub Federico Macheda lost possession culminating in Stuart Downing crossing for Marc Albrighton to thump in. It was well deserved for the hosts as both James Collins and Gabriel Agbonlahor had hit the woodwork in a three minute spell just before the opener. Cue a traditional United fight back as Macheda made amends for his error with a superb shot from the edge of the area after being found by Darren Fletcher and they rescued a point when Nemanja Vidic headed in a Nani cross from a tight angle. Gabriel Obertan almost won it on two occasions for United in stoppage time and whilst they will be rightly praised for the comeback and remain unbeaten this season, it's papering over the cracks. United are drawing too many, especially away from home, and conceding too many by their high standards.

Attendance : 40,073
Assists : Young (won pen), Downing, Obertan, Nani


Three home games in a row without a goal for Man City now as they were held at home by Birmingham. A drab encounter was almost improved early in the second half but James Milner's effort for the hosts was blocked on the line by Steven Carr.

Attendance : 44,321
Assists : n/a


No goals at St James Park as Newcastle's good recent run was halted by Fulham. The visitors came the closest to breaking the deadlock when Moussa Mulumbu walloped a shot against the bar when he really should have scored.

Attendance : 44,686
Assists : n/a

STOKE 2 (Fuller 56, Jones 91)

Stoke move above Liverpool after seeing off the Merseysiders with two second half goals. Stoke probably edged a disappointing first half and then went ahead early in the second half as a long throw from Rory Delap caused mayhem in the visiting area with Kenwyne Jones, Robert Huth and Matt Etherington all having attempts at goal before Ricardo Fuller prodded the ball in from a matter of yards after his initial shot was also blocked. Liverpool pressed for a leveller but never built up a head of steam and it was Stoke who added a second late on when Jermaine Pennant sent Jones through and after holding off a challenge, he slotted in the clincher. Liverpool's dismal day was rounded off when Lucas was sent off for a hacking tackle on Etherington in stoppage time.

Attendance : 27,286
Red Card : Lucas 92 (Liverpool)
Assists : n/a, Pennant

TOTTENHAM 4 (Bale 16, Pavlyuchenko 42, Crouch 69, Bale 75)
BLACKBURN 2 (Nelsen 80, Givet 90)

Gareth Bale was the star of the show again as he scored twice and made one as Spurs swept Blackburn aside. Bale grabbed the opener when he netted with a thumping near post header from Rafael Van Der Vaart's corner. They should have doubled the lead but Roman Pavlyuchenko sent a penalty wide after former Spurs keeper Paul Robinson fouled Peter Crouch, however he made up for it before the break when he thumped a header in from Bale's cross. Crouch added a third with a poachers goal after Gael Givet wanted too much time after Robinson kept out Pavlyuchenko's shot before Bale grabbed his second with a miss hit effort although Van Der Vaart seemed to handle the ball before setting Bale up. Rovers rallied late to give the scoreline a more respectable look as Ryan Nelsen got a slight touch to David Dunn's shot to pull one back and then Givet made up for his earlier error with a shot from the edge of the area which keeper Heurelho Gomes made a hash of after a long ball forward wasn't dealt with.

Attendance : 35,700
Assists : van der Vaart (ck), Bale, n/a, van der Vaart, n/a, n/a


West Ham stay bottom after a pulsating goalless draw at home to Blackpool. Carlton Cole went close for the hosts with an effort against the post whilst former Hammers Marlon Harewood missed a sitter for Blackpool and had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside. Steven Taylor-Fletcher also blazed over from six yards when he really should have done better.

Attendance : 31,194
Assists : n/a

WIGAN 1 (Moses 70)

Wigan move out of the drop zone with a narrow win against West Brom. Charles N'Zogbia deserves credit for the assist as he wriggled past his man and despite being bundled over, found his feet again to set up Victor Moses to fire in.

Attendance : 16,085
Assist : N'Zogbia

WOLVES 2 (Foley 69, Fletcher 77)
BOLTON 3 (Stearman og 1, Elmander 62, Holden 67)

Bolton almost blew a three goal lead as they recorded a fine win at Wolves. The visitors were quick off the mark and were ahead inside a minute when Chung-Young Lee's header was nodded into his own net by Richard Stearman under pressure from Matt Taylor. Bolton went into overdrive after the break as Johan Elmander doubled the lead with a well placed shot inside the far post after some wonderful close control having been found by Stuart Holden and within five minutes, Holden added a third with a crisp shot from Lee's cutback. Wolves pulled one back almost instantly when Kevin Foley played a one-two with Matt Jarvis before curling in a superb effort and then netted again through Steven Fletcher's header after the keeper misjudged a Jarvis corner.

Attendance : 27,508
Assists : n/a, Holden, Lee, Jarvis, Jarvis (ck)

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