28 November 2010

NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll 6)
CHELSEA 1 (Kalou 45)

Newcastle denied Chelsea a return to the top of the table after holding them to a draw at St James Park. Newcastle led early when Chelsea had a horror show of non-communication as Alex's pass back to keeper Petr Cech was made without realising that the keeper had come out of his goal, allowing Andy Carroll to run onto the loose ball and score one of his easiest ever goals. Chelsea battled back and levelled right on half time as Florent Malouda found Salomon Kalou who fired in a deflected effort. After the interval, the hosts almost regained the lead as Cech again ventured off of his line to punch a cross but it fell to Wayne Routledge whose belting shot was headed off the line by Ashley Cole. Kalou then missed a glorious chance as he hit the side netting with the goal gaping as he somehow bundled his way past the keeper.

Attendance : 44,469
Assists : n/a, n/a

TOTTENHAM 2 (Skrtel 65 og, Lennon 92)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Skrtel 42)

Spurs move into fifth after coming from behind against Liverpool, winning it in stoppage time. Liverpool took the lead just before half time when a free kick hoisted into the area was nodded goalwards by Martin Skrtel only for it to hit team mate David N'Gog, however it fell nicely back to Skrtel to prod it into the net. They should have doubled it three minutes later when Maxi Rodriguez was sent clear by Fernando Torres but got his feet in a tangle as he tried to round the keeper. Spurs came close to levelling it up when Gareth Bale's stinging volley was headed off of the line by Raul Meireles. If that was a good chance, they wasted a better one on the hour as Bale's free kick was batted down by both arms of N'Gog in the wall to concede a penalty only for sub Jermaine Defoe to drag his kick horribly wide. They did finally find the net, albeit with help as Luka Modric showed a superb burst of pace to ultimately cut the ball back for Skrtel to prod the ball into his own net. It meant that for the first time in Prem history, every club have scored over the same weekend. Spurs clinched the win in stoppage time as Peter Crouch helped on a long ball and Aaron Lennon latched onto it and slotted past the keeper for his first goal in a year.

Attendance : 35,962
Assists : N'Gog, n/a, Crouch

27 November 2010

ASTON VILLA 2 (Clark 52, Clark 70)
ARSENAL 4 (Arshavin 39, Nasri 45, Chamakh 56, Wilshire 93)

Arsenal go top ahead of the afternoon games after a win at Aston Villa but almost let it slip after a superb first half display. All the pre-match talk was of Robert Pires lining up for Villa against his former club and for the pairing of two French managers against each other but within 25 seconds, Arsenal almost led when a bundled effort from Marouane Chamakh was hacked off the line after a mix-up at the back. Tomas Rosicky then shot just wide before Chamakh did the same as the Gunners dominated the early stages. Ashley Young wasted Villa's best chance when he volleyed over from close range but it was no surprise when the Gunners finally scored although they needed an element of luck. A ball forward saw Luke Young and James Collins collide as both Villa men went for it, setting Andrey Arshavin clear on the left and as he approached the area, he cut inside and drilled a beauty inside the far post. Straight from the kick off, they should have doubled it as Samir Nasri burst through but after rounding the keeper, could only find the side netting as he was forced off balance. It only delayed the inevitable as a corner from Arshavin was floated to the edge of the area where Nasri's volley took a slight deflection before sailing into the net. After the break, thoughts of Arsenal capitulating in the second half for the second weekend in a row resurfaced when Villa pulled one back as Barry Bannan's cross was headed to Ciaran Clark on the edge of the area who was given stacks of time to take a touch and crash a volley flying into the net. It took Arsenal less than four minutes to restore their two goal lead Rosicky's pass sent Chamakh in on goal and he just got to the ball ahead of the keeper to prod in the third. Clark should have made it 3-2 but pulled his effort wide from ten yards when he should have done better but just a couple of minutes later he did net again as a corner was headed goalwards by Richard Dunne for Clark to nod against the bar and just over the line as it bobbled against a defender. After a nervy finale, Arsenal clinched it late on when Denilson's shot was blocked and after Chamakh lobbed the rebound across goal, Jack Wilshire dived in at the far post to head home.

Attendance : 38,544
Assists : Fabianski, n/a, n/a, Rosicky, Dunne, Chamakh

BOLTON 2 (Petrov 76, Davies 89)
BLACKPOOL 2 (Evatt 28, Varney 57)

Bolton came from two goals down to earn a point in a pulsating Lancashire derby against Blackpool. The visitors netted either side to take a two goal lead as a corner from Elliot Grandin was nodded in at the near post by Ian Evatt and then Luke Varney did similar from another Grandin corner which clearly crossed the line before being hacked clear. Bolton gave themselves hope when Martin Petrov dispatched a superb volley from the edge of the area after Mark Davies had set him up and with time ebbing away, Davies ended a superb move passing with a calm finish from Johan Elmander's back heel which was helped on by Ivan Klasnic.

Attendance : 25,851
Assists : Grandin (ck), Grandin (ck), Davis, Klasnic

EVERTON 1 (Cahill 42)
WEST BROM 4 (Scharner 16, Brunt 26 fk, Tchoyi 76, Distin 87 og)

Everton had a horror day at the office as they slumped to a heavy home defeat against West Brom. The Baggies tore into a two goal lead as Paul Scharner headed in a Chris Brunt corner and then Brunt added the second himself with a terrific free kick into the postage stamp. Just before the interval, Tim Cahill pulled one back with a header from a Leighton Baines corner before it all fell apart after the break when Mikel Arteta was red carded for a stamp on Gonzalo Jara after he'd been clattered by a challenge. Credit to the visitors for taking full advantage as Steven Reid found Somen Tchoyi who showed excellent close control before curling in a beauty and then Youssuf Mulumbu scored with a deflected effort after playing a one-two with Brunt. Two minutes later, Mulumbu saw red for a foul on Steven Pienaar to collect his second yellow of the game.

Attendance : 35,237
Red Cards : Arteta 58 (Everton), Mulumbu 89 (West Brom)
Assists : Brunt (ck), Mulumbu (won fk), Baines (ck), Reid, n/a

FULHAM 1 (Dempsey 53)
BIRMINGHAM 1 (Larsson 20)

Honours even at Craven Cottage as both Fulham and Birmingham remain a bit too close to the drop zone. The visitors led when Sebastien Larsson scored for the first time in 36 games when he fired home after good work from Alex Hleb however Fulham rescued a point when Zoltan Gera's header was nodded in by Clint Dempsey.

Attendance : 24,391
Assists : Hleb, Gera

MANCHESTER UNITED 7 (Berbatov 2, Park 23, Berbatov 27, Berbatov 47, Nani 48, Berbatov 62, Berbatov 70)
BLACKBURN 1 (Samba 83)

Dimitar Berbatov became the fourth player to score five in a Premier League game as Man United destroyed Blackburn. The Bulgarian's opener came after just 75 seconds as he slotted in an close range chance after Wayne Rooney's header from Nani's cross fell for him although Rovers were angered after keeper Paul Robinson had been injured in a challenge with Andersen in the build up. The lead was doubled when Ji-Sung Park exchanged passes with Rooney before clipping the ball in and four minutes later, Berbatov latched onto Pascal Chimbonda's awful blind back pass to thump in the third. He completed his hat trick just after the break when he slotted in Nani's pass to end a sweeping move from their own penalty area and a minute later, Nani added the fifth himself as he collected the ball from Andersen, cut inside and fired past Robinson. Berbatov then added his fourth with a firm shot after Park's effort was blocked and then grabbed his fifth - United's seventh - as he was found by Andersen and although his cross was blocked, he fired the rebound inside the near post. Rovers did manage a late consolation when Chris Samba headed in a cross from Josh Morris. The five goal in a game haul has been done previously by Andy Cole (1995: Man United 9 Ipswich 0), Alan Shearer (1999: Newcastle 8 Sheffield Wednesday 0) and Jermaine Defoe (2009: Spurs 9 Wigan 1).

Attendance : 74,850
Red Cards : Arteta 58 (Everton), Mulumbu 89 (West Brom)
Assists : Rooney, Rooney, n/a, Nani, Anderson, n/a, n/a, Morris

STOKE 1 (Etherington 92)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Richards 81)

Stoke managed a last gasp equaliser to deny Man City a win at the Britannia. City led with just nine minutes to go when Micah Richards produced an excellent turn and finish after collecting a pass from James Milner. The hosts earned a dramatic point in stoppage time when a header from Kenwyne Jones was helped on by Tuncay and Matt Etherington arrowed a shot across goal and inside the far post.

Attendance : 27,405
Assists : Milner, Tuncay

WEST HAM 3 (Behrami 34, Obinna 56, Parker 75)
WIGAN 1 (Cleverly 86)

Thanks to other results, bottom club West Ham remain bottom despite a much needed win against Wigan, although it's a lot tighter at the moment now. The Hammers led after Valon Behrami slid the ball in after latching onto Frederic Piquionne's flick on and after the break, Piquionne was again the provider for Victor Obinna to crash in the second off of the far post. Wigan wasted a glorious chance to get back into it when sub Mauro Boselli, who been on the pitch a matter of minutes, saw his weak spot kick saved by Rob Green after Danny Gabbidon had fouled Tom Cleverly. The Hammers took advantage when Scott Parker added a third with a thumping near post finish after being found by Obinna. Wigan grabbed a late consolation when Cleverly curled in Charles N'Zogbia's cross.

Attendance : 34,178
Assists : n/a, Piquionne, Obinna, N'Zogbia

WOLVES 3 (Foley 50, Hunt 81, Ebanks-Blake 89)
SUNDERLAND 2 (Bent 67, Wellbeck 77)

Wolves remain in the drop zone despite seeing off Sunderland after a sensational second half. Wolves led just after the interval after Kevin Foley blasted in after Matt Jarvis had seen his effort saved. Sunderland levelled midway through the half when Asamoah Gyan's header found Darren Bent who did well get ahead of his man before firing in. They then took the lead when Danny Wellbeck headed in a Phil Bardsley cross. Wolves battled back and levelled within four minutes with a Stephen Hunt tap in after George Elokobi's header was saved and with time running out, the hosts won it as Sylvain Ebanks-Blake controlled a Kevin Doyle cross before thumping in the winner.

Attendance : 25,112
Assists : n/a, Gyan, Bardsley, n/a, Doyle

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