22 November 2010

SUNDERLAND 2 (Wellbeck 23, Wellbeck 70)
EVERTON 2 (Cahill 6, Arteta 83)

Honours even at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland and Everton shared four goals. Everton led early with a typical Tim Cahill goal as his powerful downward header from a cross by Leighton Baines found the net. The hosts levelled after excellent work on the right by Bolo Zenden to beat two men before crossing for Danny Wellbeck to score from close range. After the break, Wellbeck put Sunderland ahead when he sent a superb header looping inside the far post from Kieron Richardson's cross although Richardson did look offside when he collected the ball initially. The visitors grabbed a point thanks to a stroke of luck as Mikael Arteta's shot took a strong deflection off of Phil Bardsley to find the net. Jermaine Beckford almost won it late on for Everton but shot over whilst clean through.

Attendance : 37,331
Assists : Baines, Zenden, Richardson (ck), n/a

21 November 2010

BLACKBURN 2 (Pedersen 47 fk, Pedersen 66)

Blackburn move above Aston Villa after a goal in each half from Morten Gamst Pedersen gave them a well deserved win. Rovers led in first half stoppage time when Pedersen drilled a free kick goalwards from a tight angle which keeper Brad Friedel failed to deal with as it sailed into the net. Midway through the second half, the hosts wrapped it up when Ryan Nelsen's shot was diverted by Pedersen.

Attendance : 21,848
Assists : Diouf (won fk), Nelsen

FULHAM 1 (Gera 70)
MANCHESTER CITY 4 (Tevez 6, Zabaleta 32, Toure 35, Tevez 56)

Man City move into fourth and are only three points behind the joint leaders after a comfortable win at Fulham. City roared into a three goal half time as Carlos Tevez was found by Gareth Barry and after holding off his marker, drilled a low shot into the corner. The lead was doubled in sensational fashion as Pablo Zabaleta walloped in a belter from the edge of the area after a near post corner was cleared to him. Three minutes later, Tevez found Yaya Toure to slot in the third. After the break, Tevez added a fourth as he got a touch to a shot from Zabaleta and it looped up over the keeper and in. Fulham pulled one back when a corner was cleared to Zoltan Gera on the edge of the area and his shot deflected off of Kolo Toure before flying past the keeper.

Attendance : 25,694
Assists : Barry, n/a, Tevez, Zabaleta, n/a

20 November 2010

ARSENAL 2 (Nasri 9, Chamakh 27)
TOTTENHAM 3 (Bale 50, van der Vaart 67 Pen, Kaboul 85)

Spurs came from two goals down at half time to earn significant North London bragging rights with a sensational win at local rivals Arsenal. The hosts deserved their interval lead after a through ball from Cesc Fabregas sent Samir Nasri clear and although keeper Heurelho Gomes should have done better, the Gunners man did well to score from a tight angle. The lead was doubled when a lovely break saw Andrey Arshavin cross for Chamakh to net under pressure from close range. Cue the half time break and a comeback to end all local derby comebacks as Gareth Bale latched onto a pass from Rafael Van Der Vaart to take a touch and find the corner. Van Der Vaart was at the heart of the equaliser midway through the half as his free kick was crazily handled by Fabregas allowing Van Der Vaart to level from the spot. Spurs won it late on when Younes Kaboul rose to head home a cross from Van Der Vaart. The celebration DVDs are being pressed as I type!

Attendance : 60,102
Assists : n/a, Arshavin, van der Vaart, n/a, van der Vaart (fk)

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Bowyer 17)

Chelsea slumped to back-to-back defeats for the first time in over four years as they slumped to defeat at Birmingham. The only goal came as Lee Bowyer rolled back the years to slot in after Cameron Jerome had guided the ball into his path. Chelsea deserved at least a draw but home keeper Ben Foster was outstanding as he saved brilliantly from a Didier Drogba downward header.

Attendance : 24,357
Assist : Jerome

BLACKPOOL 2 (Varney 3, Harewood 44)
WOLVES 1 (Doyle 86)

Blackpool move into mid-table respectability with a narrow home win against Wolves who are in danger of losing touch in the bottom two. The hosts had it won by the break, starting with a stunning strike from Luke Varney who collected a clearance on his chest and volleyed in a dipping shot which flew into the net. Just before the interval the lead was doubled when Marlon Harewood prodded the ball in after keeper Marcus Hahnemann made a hash of a corner. Late on Wolves gave themselves hope when George Elokobi crossed for Kevin Doyle to head in but they couldn't find an equaliser.

Attendance : 15,922
Assists : Evatt, Varney, Elokobi

BOLTON 5 (Davies 18 Pen, Lee 39, Elmander 50, Elmander 72, Davies 93)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll 52)

Bolton move into the top four as they blitzed Newcastle at the Reebok. A bad day started early for the visitors when Kevin Davies converted a penalty after former Bolton favourite Kevin Nolan handled in the area. They added to the lead either side of the interval as Chung-Yong Lee doubled matters when he found the net after Newcastle failed to clear Matt Taylor's effort which hit the bar and early in the second half, Johan Elmander latched onto a pass from Davies, rounded the keeper and rolled in the third. Newcastle had some brief hope when Stuart Holden tackled Shola Ameobi and it fell to Andy Carroll who slotted the ball in but it all fell apart in a four minute spell as Elmander grabbed his second when he showed good strength to find space before drilling home. Things got worse for the visitors when Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for elbowing Elmander. The scoring ended as it had began as Davies dispatched his second penalty of the game after he'd been fouled by Jose Enrique.

Attendance : 22,203
Red Card : Coloccini 76 (Newcastle)
Assists : n/a, Elmander, Davies, Ameobi, n/a, Davies (won pen)

LIVERPOOL 3 (Johnson 18, Kuyt 27 Pen, Rodriguez 38)

Liverpool edged into the top half, largely due to a first half demolition of West Ham. They led when a corner from Raul Meireles wasn't cleared and Glen Johnson reacted quickly to drill home. The lead was doubled thanks to a firmly struck Dirk Kuyt penalty after Danny Gabbidon had handled and the third followed seven minutes before the interval when Maxi Rodriguez nodded in a cross from Paul Konchesky. West Ham remain bottom - five points from safety.

Attendance : 43,024
Assists : Meireles, n/a, Konchesky

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Evra 46, Hernandez 77)

Man United move level on points with Chelsea after a goal in each half saw off nine-man Wigan. The visitors held their own until just before half time when Patrice Evra netted a rare goal when he headed in a cross at the far post from Ji-Sung Park. The visitors lost their discipline on the hour, firstly when Antolin Alcaraz was shown a second yellow for a foul on Darren Fletcher before Hugo Rodallega went one better with a straight red when he went in two footed on Rafael da Silva. Unsurprisingly, United then wrapped it up when Javier Hernandez headed in well from Rafael's cross.

Attendance : 74,181
Red Cards : Alcaraz 59 (Wigan), Rodallega 61 (Wigan)
Assists : Park, Rafael

STOKE 3 (Etherington 55 Pen, Walters 85 Pen, Walters 93)

Three second half goals gave Stoke an excellent win at West Brom. Two penalties gave them a good buffer as Matt Etherington converted after keeper Scott Carson had fouled Kenwyne Jones and then sub Jon Walters emulated his team mate after Simon Cox tripped Dean Whitehead. Walters added a third late on, thumping a shot in from the edge of the area after his original effort had been saved.

Attendance : 24,164
Assists : Jones (won pen), Whitehead (won pen), n/a

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