Aston Villa v. Arsenal – (4-2)
Arsenal briefly went top of the Premier League after a scintillating first half performance set them up for a strong away win against Villa.
Arshavin scored his first goal in 10 matches with a fierce shot, before Nasri scored a classy volley just before the break.
However Villa rallied, with young defender Ciaran Clark playing in a midfield role as Houllier’s side continue to struggle with injuries.
The defender matched Nasri’s effort with a half-volley from outside the box to bring the scores to 2-1, but two minutes later and Chamakh had his 10th of the season, toe poking the ball home after a perfect through ball from Rosicky.
Clark managed a second with a header in the 71st, providing a nervy finish, yet Jack Wilshere sealed the points with a header from a weighted Chamakh cross.
So Arsenal continue to stay in touch with the big boys, yet their inability to kill off games should provide reason enough for Gunners fans to remain cautious.
Bolton v. Blackpool – (2-2)
Blackpool surrendered a 2-goal lead away to Bolton, having scored two headers from corners either side of halftime.
Ian Evatt grabbed the first with one of the best glanced headers I’ve ever seen, while Luke Varney got the second despite the efforts of Bolton’s Lee to clear off the line.
Back came Bolton though, Martin Petrov smashing home a wonderful left footed effort after flicking the ball up with his right on the edge of the box.
A brilliant passing move, most unlike the Bolton we know, involving Davies, Elmander and Klasnic, ended with Mark Davies (making his first start) netting the late equaliser in the 89th minute.
Everton v. West Brom – (1-4)
West Brom proved once again that they can cause upsets amongst the established Premier League clubs, with an emphatic win over Everton.
Goalscoring defender Paul Scharner got the first from a corner in the 16th minute, before Chris Brunt scored an absolute belter from a free kick about 30 yards out to double the lead.
Just before halftime Timmy Cahill brought Everton back in the game with a trademark header from a corner.
Everton were reduced to 10 men in controversial circumstances, Mikel Arteta dismissed for apparently stamping on Gonzalo Jara, who should have been pulled up for committing three consecutive fouls preceding the incident.
While Everton still created chances thereafter, the game was taken away from them when Somen Tchoyi (never heard of him apparently Cameroon International) cut in from the left and curled an amazing shot past Tim Howard in the 76th minute.
Mulumbu then had a shot in the 87th minute which rebounded off Slyvain Distin for an own goal, the West Brom midfielder later sent off for a second bookable offence.
It was the Baggies first win in 6 matches.
Fulham v. Birmingham – (1-1)
Fulham just can’t find a win at the moment, now going five matches without a victory.
Birmingham opened the scoring after Alexsandr Hleb made a return to the starting line-up and provided the assist for Sebastian Larsson to finish in the 20th minute.
Fulham came back however, Clint Dempsey scoring his 5th goal of the season from a
The American was unlucky not to hit the winner with a stinging volley later on, Ben Foster managing to tip it round the post as Fulham went on to dominate the match.
Birmingham did have their own opportunity to win the game though, Scott Dann smashing a header against the post in the 74th minute.
So while Fulham’s own winless record continues, so does Birmingham’s with the midlands side still looking for their first away win of the season.
Man Utd v. Blackburn Rovers – (7-1)
Wow. Berbatov = five goals. Amazing.
The Bulgarian scored his first in the 2nd minute, with a tap in from a Rooney header, while Rooney provided the assist for Park to net the second in the 24th.
A terrible Chimbonda back pass gifted Berbatov his second minutes later to make the score 3-0 at the break.
Another goal within minutes of the restart, with Berbatov screaming for the ball with a run to the penalty spot, Nani picking him out for an easy finish and his hat-trick.
Nani scored one for himself two minutes later, while Berbatov grabbed his 4th with a scrappy goal in the 62nd minute.
The striker who hadn’t scored in 10 games then became only the third player to score five in the Premier League, but couldn’t find the elusive double hat-trick.
Christopher Samba got one back for Blackburn late in the game with a towering header.
Man Utd went top after that emphatic victory, and stayed there after Chelsea could only draw at the Toon.
Stoke City v. Man City – (1-1)
Mancini’s Man City failed to secure a win from a tough trip to Stoke City.
The home side had the better of the chances, with Fuller shooting wide when positioned well, while Milner cleared off the line for City.
However despite their lack of attacking play, City went in front thanks to the unlikely source of Micah Richards, who turned nicely before dispatching a powerful shot into the net.
Yet deep into injury time and a piece of magic from Tuncay set Etherington free to secure a well-deserved draw for the Potters.
West Ham v. Wigan – (3-1)
This was a must win game for West Ham’s Avram Grant, whose side had only won one match before this game.
Behrami opened the scoring from close range in the 35th minute, before Victor Obinna doubled their lead with an absolute bullet midway through the second half.
Wigan were given a way back into the match, when Danny Gabbidon took out Man Utd loanee Tom Cleverley in the box, yet Biselli’s shot was saved by Robert Green.
In the 75th minute, Parker combined with Obinna to finish the game off.
Cleverley scored a fine individual effort with 5 minutes remaining but it was too late, and the Hammers secured a vital three points.
Wolves v. Sunderland – (3-2)
Wolves also grabbed an important win at home to sunderland, in a thrilling game between two sides on opposite ends of the table.
With no goals arriving in the first half, the opener finally came in the 53rd minute, Wolves’ Kevin Foley finishing well after latching onto a rebound.
Sunderland came back however, Bent equalising with a one-on-one against Wayne Hennessey, before Danny Welbeck made his side’s pressure pay with a well-taken header from a Phil Bardsley free kick. It was the young striker’s 4th goal in the last three games.
However Wolves made their own comeback, Hunt poking home a Elokobi header which had been partially saved by Brad Jones.
And then the final twist arrived in the 89th minute, from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who took a Kevin Doyle cross with a beautiful touch and then finished with a clinical shot just inside the 18-yard box.
The striker’s 4th goal is evidence that he has finally adapted to the heights of the Premier League after a tough first two years. Suck shit scum.
Newcastle United v. Chelsea – (1-1)
Tottenham v. Liverpool – (2-1)
In a game I heard Liverpool dominated and an entertaining one as well, Spurs came from behind for the 16th time this season to secure all three points.
Martin Skrtel grabbed the opener in the first half with a rebound goal off his won header following a Meireles free kick.
Torres and Maxi Rodriguez were guilty of missing good chances for the Reds, before N’Gog stupidly raised his hands while jumping to defend a Spurs free kick, giving away a needless penalty.
Defoe however, missed his 4th penalty for Spurs. Though minutes later a great run and shot from Modric was forced home by Skrtel to level the scores in the 68th minute.
Aaron Lennon then pounced on poor Liverpool defending to race onto a long ball, scream past the static Konchesky and finish past Reina who could have done better.
A huge blow for the Merseyside club, as a win would have propelled them up to 6th, while Carragher was also forced off with what could be a serious shoulder injury.