18 October 2010


No goals at Ewood Park as both Blackburn and Sunderland struggled in wet conditions. The cause wasn't helped for the hosts when they were reduced to ten men in the dying embers of the first half as Chris Samba slipped in possession and as Danny Wellbeck went to rob him of the ball and bear down on goal, he was hauled back and Samba was shown a straight red. Chances were few and far between with visiting striker Darren Bent coming close with a shot blocked by the keeper when he was clear on goal.

Attendance : 21,894
Red Card : Samba 48 (Blackburn)
Assists : n/a

17 October 2010

BLACKPOOL 2 (Harewood 78, Taylor Fletcher 93)
MANCHESTER CITY 3 (Tevez 67, Tevez 79, Silva 90)

Man City moved into second place, two points behind Chelsea, with a narrow win in a five goal thriller at Blackpool. All the goals came in a late spell in the final 23 minutes, starting with City's opener as Carlos Tevez turned in a David Silva cross at the near post. James Milner crashed a shot against the bar for City before the hosts equalised with sub Marlon Harewood glancing in a header from Charlie Adam's free kick, however almost straight away City regained the lead with Tevez again on target as he dispossessed a defender on the edge of the area and found the bottom corner with a low drive. Tevez then also hit the bar before City earned a two goal buffer with a lovely solo effort from David Silva as he bamboozled the home defence with some close control before curling a shot inside the far post. Blackpool netted their second late on when Gary Taylor-Fletcher netted from a yard out as he diverted Luke Varney's shot in.

Attendance : 21,894
Assists : Silva, Adam (fk), n/a, Milner (fk), Varney (ck)

EVERTON 2 (Cahill 34, Arteta 50)

Everton won the Merseyside derby with a goal in each half as Liverpool's season continues to freefall. With both clubs in the bottom to prior to kick off, defeat wasn't at option and it was Everton who took control before the break when youngster Seamus Coleman embarked on a fine run down the right and his low cross was walloped into the roof of the net at the near post by Tim Cahill. The lead was doubled in the second half as a Leighton Baines corner was only cleared to Mikel Arteta who took a touch and thumped a vicious swerving shot through a crowd of players and past the keeper.

Attendance : 39,673
Assists : Coleman, n/a

16 October 2010

ARSENAL 2 (Nasri 41 Pen, Chamakh 47)
BIRMINGHAM 1 (Zigic 33)

Arsenal came from behind to see off Birmingham and move into second place. The visitors went ahead when Kevin Fahey crossed for Nikola Zigic to head a looping effort in. Goals either side of half time won it for the Gunners as they levelled from the spot when Samir Nasri walloped home after Marouane Chamakh was fouled by Scott Dann and after the interval Chamakh netted himself after being found by Jack Wilshire and slotting in after finding space. The game ended on a sour note for Wilshire who was rightly sent off in stoppage time for a studs first challenge on Zigic.

Attendance : 60,070
Red Card : Wilshere 93 (Arsenal)
Assists : Fahey, Chamakh (won pen), Wilshire


Chelsea's first goalless draw of the calendar year was enough to keep them five points clear at the top. Both clubs hit the woodwork with Branislav Ivanovic heading against the post for Chelsea and almost straight away, youngster Ciaran Clarke did the same for the hosts. Nik Anelka almost won it late on for Chelsea but his effort also clipped the post.

Attendance : 40,122
Assists : n/a

BOLTON 2 (Lee 22, Klasnic 92)
STOKE 1 (Delap 48)

Bolton edged past Stoke in a game which ended in remarkable fashion for Ivan Klasnic. They lead though Lee Chung Yong with a precision effort from the edge of the box after Stoke failed to clear. Stoke grabbed an equaliser just after half time when long throw expert Rory Delap scored at the far post when Jermaine Pennant's corner was helped on by Robert Huth. Enter Klasnic as sub for the last 15 minutes to convert a throw from Gretar Steinsson two minutes into stoppage time, however he then got booked almost straight from the restart for shoving Dean Whitehouse in the throat before collecting a second yellow in a minute for leading with his arm when jumping into Delap.

Attendance : 22,975
Red Card : Klasnic 95 (Bolton)
Assists : n/a, Huth, Steinsson (throw-in)

FULHAM 1 (Kamara 30)
TOTTENHAM 2 (Pavlyuchenko 31, Huddlestone 63)

Spurs came from behind to edge the London derby at Fulham and move into the top four. Two goals in as many minutes on the half hour saw the match burst into life as Clint Dempsey did well to set up Diomansy Kamara to score from close range however Spurs levelled almost straight away when Roman Pavlyuchenko had a tap in after Rafael Van Der Vaart was desperately unlucky to see his effort come back off the bar. Tom Huddlestone won it for Spurs with a crisp shot from the edge of the area after a corner from Gareth Bale was cleared. The goal was initially ruled out for offside against William Gallas but after a chat with his linesman, the referee awarded it.

Attendance : 25,615
Assists : Dempsey, n/a, n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Hernandez 5, Nani 25)
WEST BROM 2 (Evra 50 og, Tchoyi 55)

Man United's habit of losing seemingly un-lose-able leads continued as they remarkably lost a two goal half time lead at home to West Brom. The Baggies looked out of it by the break as Nani's stinging free kick was parried by Scott Carson and left Javier Hernandez with a simple finish and then Nani himself took advantage of a slip by Nicky Shorey to exchange passes with Dimitar Berbatov before finishing well. Amazingly, West Brom battled back and after United almost made it three when Nemanja Vidic hit the post, the visitors found the net as Patrice Evra diverted a free kick from Chris Brunt into his own net. United looked rattled and rightly so as keeper Edwin Van Der Sar fumbled Brunt's cross and gifted Somen Tchoyi an easy tap in.

Attendance : 75,272
Assists : n/a, Berbatov, n/a, n/a

NEWCASTLE 2 (Ameobi 72, Coloccini 94)
WIGAN 2 (N'Zogbia 22, N'Zogbia 23)

Newcastle came from two down but needed a stoppage time goal to clinch a point at home to Wigan. Two goals in a minute from former Toon player Charles N'Zogbia stunned the home crowd and gave Wigan a great platform as he firstly nodded in Franco Di Santo's cross which took a deflection and then crashed home a stunning effort from the edge of the area with Di Santo again the provider. Newcastle had a glimmer of hope when Shola Ameobi sent a diving header home after a cross from Jonas Gutierrez and with time edging away, Andy Carroll's header kept the ball in the danger zone and Fabricio Coloccini netted with a crashing header of his own.

Attendance : 44,415
Assists : Barton, Di Santo, Gutierrez, Carroll

WOLVES 1 (Jarvis 10)
WEST HAM 1 (Noble 53 Pen)

Wolves and West Ham shared the points and remain in the bottom two places in the league. Wolves took an early lead through Matt Jarvis who volleyed in after keeper Rob Green flapped at Stephen Ward's cross. The Hammers earned a point with a second half penalty from Mark Noble after Victor Obinna was fouled by Kevin Foley. West Ham should have won it late on when Frederic Piquionne had a goal disallowed for handball with replays showing him controlling it well with his chest!

Attendance : 25,582
Assists : n/a, Obinna

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