Arsenal v. Birmingham – (2-1)
The Gunner got back to winning ways, thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh. They had fallen behind to a wonderful Nikola Zigic header, his first League goal, after a cross from Keith Fahey. Arsenal were given a lifeline when Chamakh was awarded a very soft penalty, it looked like a dive to me. Yet Nasri finished and it was 1-1. Wilshere and Song combined well to set up Chamakh for the winner only two minutes after the break. Jack Wilshere was then shown a straight red card for a terrible challenge on Zigic in the 90th minute. It was the type of challenge that Wenger would have had a cry about if it was against one of his players, and shows even the most talented sides are capable of bad tackles.
Bolton v. Stoke– (2-1)
Bolton secured a late victory at home to Stoke, in a match with yet another red card. Owen Coyle’s men had taken the lead through a wonderful Lee Chong-Yong finish from the 18-yard box, after he exchanged passes with Kevin Davies. Stoke came back, however, with Pennant crashing a free kick off the crossbar, before supplying the corner from which Rorya Delap finished at the far post. With the game heading for a stalemate a late winner popped up through substitute Ivan Klasnic after a long throw in the 90th minute. There was still time for yet more drama though, Klasnic unfortunate to receive a second yellow after challenging for a header.
Fulham v. Spurs – (1-2)
Fulham took the lead in this London match-up, with Clint Dempsey doing fine work in Spurs’ box before finding Diomansy Kamara for a simple tap in. Less than a minute late however, Spurs were level, Pavlyuchenko finishing the scraps after a cheeky Van der Vaart chip had come down off the crossbar. Tom Huddlestone then sent a thunderous drive from outside the 18-yard line into the back of the net. Though Gallas had been flagged offside by the linesman, the goal stood, referee Mike Dean allowing the goal. Tottenham held on the match comfortably and their good form both in Europe and England continues.
Man Utd. v. West Brom – (2-2)
Rooney started on the bench and it seemed like a good decision from Alex Ferguson, young Mexican Hernandez tapping home in the 5th minute after Carson could only parry a Nani free-kick. The Portuguese winger then doubled the lead good link up play with Berbatov to go in at half time comfortable after a rampant display of football. What should have been an easy win, however, quickly changed when a Chris Brunt free-kick was turned into the net by Patrice Evra. Van der Sar then fucked up, failing to collect a routine cross, Somen Tchoyi scoring his first goal for West Brom. Rooney came off the bench but couldn’t make an impact and this is yet another lead Man Utd. have let slip this season after the Liverpool, Everton and Fulham games…
Newcastle v. Wigan – (2-2)
The Toon came back from 2 goals down to stage an amazing fight back to ensure they didn’t lose their third game at home in a row. Former player Charles N’Zogbia had given Wigan a 2-nil lead at the break with goals in the 22nd and 23rd minutes. The first was an unlikely header after some poor, static defending, while the second was a peach of a goal, showing Toon fans the quality he occasionally exerts. However, if he hadn’t been wasteful in later opportunities, there would have been no comeback for the Magpies. Ameobi came on as a substitute after Carroll and Lovenkrands were preferred up front by Chris Houghton, and he scored in the 72nd minute with a diving header from a Gutierrez cross. Carroll then missed a few half-chanes, before missing a volley from a beautiful Joey Barton chip which he should have finished. However deep into injury time (90 +4), the acting captain, Fabricio Coloccini placed a header into the net, after a Gutierrez corner had been flicked on by Carroll. FUCKEN OATH.
Wolves v. West Ham – (1-1)
This was a game of two halves, with Robert Green standing in the way of a dominant Wolves side in the first half. The opener came from a Green error, however, as his weak parry fell to Jarvis, who volleyed the ball into the net in the 10th minute. West Ham drew level from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute, Noble converting after Obinna had been taken out by Kevin Foley. Soon after Piquioanne struck the crossbar with Hahnemann well beaten and then had the ball in the net with the last kick of the game. However what should have been a late winner (and it was a wonderful team goal too), was ruled out for handball, yet replays show it looked like he had used his shoulder.
Chelsea v. Aston Villa – (0-0)
Chelsea failed to break down a resilient Villa side. Ireland and Carew had good opportunities for Villa, but Ireland’s shot went just wide, while Cech made a good save against Carew. Ivanovic hit the post from a cross and then Anelka hit his header into the ground and against the same post. Reo-Coker should have won it at the death, however his attempted chip over Cech went well wide…
Everton v. Liverpool – (2-0)
Everton came out victors in the Merseyside Derby, as Liverpool’s new owners watched their first game in charge of the club, and were sent home with a lot to think about. Cahill and Arteta got the goals either side of halftime, Arteta scoring a brilliant volley while Cahill’s was a trademark header. Liverpool pressed Everton back for most of the second half but they couldn’t find the net. It leaves them struggling in 18th place with only one win to their name.
Blackpool v. Man City – (2-3)
Tevez continued his blistering form in a Man City shirt, scoring a brace which took him to 28 goals in his last 31 matches with the club. The Citizens struggled to gel in the first half, as both sides had equal opportunities to grab the opening goal. Blackpool had a goal from Taylor-Fletcher ruled out for offside in the second half, before Tevez got his first in the 67th minute after substitute David Silva crossed the ball in. Blackpool would have felt aggrieved, having possibly been the better side throughout the game. However, they got back on level terms as Harewood, also coming on as a substitute and scoring a clever header from his captain Charlie Adam’s free kick. Though the home fans had hardly stopped celebrating when Tevez got his second, dispossessing Evatt after poor defence, and smashing his shot in via a deflection. The game was wrapped up in the 90th with a fine individual effort from Silva (youtube it), except Blackpool amazingly got another back with a goal from Taylor-Fletcher..
Blackburn v. sunderland – (0-0)
I don’t care. Samba was sent off for Blackburn, Darren Bent should have finished a chance, Malbranque missed an open goal, albeit from 20 yards out. And yeah that’s all.
So that is all the Premier League. It was fun.