29 August 2010

ASTON VILLA 1 (Young 9)

Aston Villa ended a dismal week with a win against Everton who have now made their worst start to a season in more than ten years. The only goal came early as Ashley Young latched onto a mistake from Marouane Fellaini to set up Luke Young who scored with an excellent shot into the corner. Everton deserved a point from the game and came desperately close when Stephen Pienaar clattered a curling shot against the crossbar.

Attendance : 34,725
Assist : Kuyt

BOLTON 2 (Davies 71 Pen, Blake 81 fk)
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Johnson 4, Gardner 50)

Bolton came from a man down and two goals down to earn a home draw against Birmingham to keep both clubs unbeaten this season. The visitors took an early lead as the Bolton defence was caught napping when Lee Bowyer found space on the left and his cross was touched on by Cameron Jerome and prodded into the net by Roger Johnson. The game took a remarkable twist later in the half when the goalscorer jumped for a high ball with Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and although Johnson caught him with an arm into the chest, he offered an apology straight away only for the usually calm stopper to raise his hands and slap Johnson in the face, earning him an instant red card! Reserve keeper Adam Bogdan came on for Martin Petrov to at least keep a recognised keeper between the sticks but Bolton were numerically down! The second half began in the same manner as the first with an away goal as the Bolton defence fell asleep. James McFadden's cross found an offside-looking Jerome to nod the ball across goal for Craig Gardner who missed his kick from four yards before eventually firing into the gaping net. Replays showed Jerome to be level and onside. Bolton were handed a lifeline when Johnson barged Kevin Davies in the back as they leapt for a high ball in the area and Davies took the penalty himself and made no mistake into the roof of the net and ten minutes later they were level when former Birmingham striker Robbie Blake curled in a beauty of a free kick from 20 yards which found the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.

Attendance : 18,139
Assists : Jerome, Jerome, Davis (won pen), Cahill (won fk)

LIVERPOOL 1 (Torres 65)

Liverpool made hard work off seeing off ten men West Brom as Fernando Torres ending his goal drought with a bouncing volley from the edge of the area from Dirk Kuyt's cross. James Morrison was shown a straight red card late on for a late challenge on Torres.

Attendance : 41,194
Assist : Kuyt

SUNDERLAND 1 (Bent 94 Pen)

Sunderland shocked Man City with a late penalty winner but the headlines fell to City striker Carlos Tevez for the wrong reasons. Tevez, one of the stars of the World Cup in the summer, was guilty of a stunning miss of Ronnie Rosenthal proportions as he was presented with an open goal, twelve yards out, after a superb run by Yaya Toure but somehow scooped the ball over the bar. The game was heading for a goalless draw before Darren Bent was bundled over in the area by Micah Richards and calmly converted the penalty to notch up an excellent win.

Attendance : 38,610
Assist : Bent (won pen)

28 August 2010

BLACKBURN 1 (Diouf 27)
ARSENAL 2 (Walcott 20, Arshavin 51)

Arsenal went top ahead of the afternoon games with a goal in each half to see off Blackburn at Ewood Park. Arsenal almost netted early on when Rovers failed to clear a corner and a shot from Abou Diaby, thudded against Vince Grella on the line then against keeper Paul Robinson before somehow rebounding to safety, although just minutes later at the other end, Ryan Nelsen had a header cleared off the Arsenal line as the Gunners looked equally fragile at the back. As the rain hammered down, the visitors took the lead with a clinical move that saw Blackburn sliced apart, notably with a lovely through ball from Robin Van Persie to Theo Walcott who drilled a low drive across goal which fizzed inside the far post. The lead lasted seven minutes as Arsenal were caught out on their right as El Hadji Diouf beat his man to into the area and he kept his head to cut the ball across to present Mame Diouf with a six yard tap in. Arsenal won it early in the second half when excellent work on the right from Bacary Sagna saw Cesc Fabregas go for goal and after his effort was blocked, Andrey Arshavin slotted in.

Attendance : 25,059
Assists : Van Persie, Diouf, n/a

BLACKPOOL 2 (Pantsil 71 og, Varney 76)
FULHAM 2 (Zamora 35, Etuhu 87)

Blackpool, in their first ever Prem game at home, shared four goals in a highly entertaining clash with Fulham. The Londoners led at half time when Moussa Dembele crossed for Bobby Zamora to head in from close range. After the break Blackpool stormed back but needed an element of luck to get level as Luke Varney's shot was deflected and John Pantsil, in an attempt to clear, got himself in a tangle and belted the ball into his own net. Five minutes later, Blackpool led as Varney was sent clear by Brett Ormerod and his low shot sailed into the corner. Fulham earned a point late on when the impressive Dembele sent Dickson Etuhu through to clip in the equaliser.

Attendance : 15,529
Assists : Dembele, n/a, Ormerod, Dembele

CHELSEA 2 (Malouda 32, Drogba 77 Pen)

Chelsea remain top with a 100% record and are still yet to concede after a comfortable win against Stoke. They should have led early but Frank Lampard's penalty taking duties could be under threat as his poor kick was saved by Thomas Sorenson after Ryan Shawcross brought Florent Malouda crashing down. They did take the lead through Malouda later in the half as he fired past the keeper having been found in space by John Terry. The lead remained precarious until another penalty, converted by Didier Drogba after Nik Anelka was clattered to the ground in full flow by Sorensen.

Attendance : 40,931
Assists : Terry, Anelka (won pen)

MANCHESTER UNITED 3 (Rooney 33 Pen, Nani 50, Berbatov 69)

Man United moved to within two points of Chelsea and level with Arsenal as they swept West Ham aside at Old Trafford. United deserved led at the break although they needed a penalty to break the Hammers down as veteran Ryan Giggs was brought down by Jonathon Spector and Wayne Rooney netted from the spot, his first goal since last March. It didn't take United long to double the lead after half time as Nani collected a pass from Rooney and then waltzed through the away back line before finding the net from the edge of the area. The game rapidly turned into the footballing equivalent of a stroll in the park as the hosts controlled the game completely and it was no surprise to see a third goal go in as Nani crossed deep for Dimitar Berbatov to send an acrobatic volley ripping into the net. United made a triple change with seventeen minutes to go but it had little effect on the game or scoreline.

Attendance : 75,061
Assists : Giggs (won pen), Rooney, Nani

WIGAN 1 (Rodallega 80)

Spurs suffered a Champions League hangover as they slumped at home to Wigan who had shipped ten goals in their previous two games! Wigan, thumped 9-1 by Spurs last season, had the better of things throughout as Steve Gohouri smashed a shot against the bar and Antolin Alcaraz somehow missed an open goal from two yards. They eventually broke through when a long pass from Mohamed Diame found Hugo Rodallega on the edge of the area and his low drive found the bottom corner although keeper Carlo Cudicini could have done better.

Attendance : 35,101
Assist : Diame

WOLVES 1 (Ebanks-Blake 43)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll 62)

Honours even in a bruising encounter as Newcastle came from behind at Wolves. The hosts led just before the interval when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake controlled a cross from Jelle Van Damme and then volleyed in past the keeper. Geordie Man of the moment Andy Carroll netted his fourth goal in two games to earn his side a point when he headed in Joey Barton's free kick.

Attendance : 27,745
Assists : Van Damme, Barton (fk)

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