26 September 2010
BOLTON 2 (Knight 6, Petrov 67)
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Nani 23, Owen 74)
Man United move to within three points of leaders Chelsea as they twice came from behind to earn a point at Bolton. The hosts stunned United with an early strike as an out-swinging corner from Martin Petrov was helped on by Zat Knight with a flick of his boot and it fizzed into the bottom corner despite the man on the post. United levelled matters with a superb solo effort as he collected a touch from Wayne Rooney in the centre circle and then simply drove at the Bolton defence, beating four men before firing a low shot into the corner. Midway through the second half, Bolton regained the lead as Johan Elmander found Petrov wide on the left after cutting inside, he drilled a shot inside the near post courtesy of a deflection off of Darren Fletcher. Enter sub Michael Owen and within minutes he grabbed an equaliser for United with a lovely near post glancing header from Nani's free kick with found the net via the far post.
Attendance : 23,926
Assists : Petrov (ck), Rooney, n/a, Nani (fk)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Nolan 43 Pen)
STOKE 2 (Jones 67, Perch 85 og)
Stoke came from behind to pick up an excellent win at Newcastle. A drab first half was notable for a coolly converted penalty by Kevin Nolan after Robert Huth barged Andy Carroll to the ground in an off the ball challenge. Stoke took command after the break and after Kenwyne Jones had hit the woodwork twice, he was finally rewarded with a close range header from Huth's header across goal. They won it late on when a cross from Matt Etherington was headed powerfully into his own net by James Perch.
Attendance : 41,915
Assists : Carroll (won pen), Huth, n/a
WOLVES 1 (Jarvis 61)
ASTON VILLA 2 (Downing 25, Heskey 88)
Aston Villa gave new boss Gerrard Houllier a winning start thanks to a late Emile Heskey header at Wolves. Villa led at the interval when Marc Albrighton's cross was converted at the far post by Stuart Downing. Wolves levelled when a cross from Matt Jarvis missed everyone and drifted across goal and inside the far post. Villa clinched the win when a cross by Stuart Warnock was superbly headed in by the much maligned Heskey.
Attendance : 27,511
Assists : Albrighton, Fletcher, Warnock
25 September 2010
ARSENAL 2 (Nasri 75, Nasri 91)
WEST BROM 3 (Odemwingie 50, Jara 52, Thomas 73)
West Brom recorded a superb victory at Arsenal as the Gunners were swept aside. The margin could have been even larger as the Baggies almost surrendered a three goal lead and missed a penalty when Manuel Almunia upended Peter Odemwingie in the area but made amends with a comfortable save from Chris Brunt's weak spot kick. After the interval, the visitors burst into a two goal lead as Odemwingie slid in to convert a cross from Jerome Thomas and then Almunia made a hash of Gonzalo Jara's near post shot, allowing it to find the net when he failed to get his body behind it. Arsenal pressed for a goal but were caught out again when Brunt crossed for Thomas to score easily after Almunia had again ventured from his goal. The Gunners did mount a late revival as Samir Nasri crashed a shot against the bar before dancing through the defence to fire in. He netted again in stoppage time when he was set up by Andrey Arshavin to drill in but the visitors held on.
Attendance : 60,025
Assists : Thomas, Brunt, Brunt, Sagna, Arshavin
No goals at St Andrews as Birmingham ended with ten men after a bad tempered encounter with Wigan. In a game of few chances, the headlines were made for the wrong reasons as Roger Johnson and Hugo Rodallega went head-to-head with each other in the first half and late on Craig Gardner was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Franco Di Santa although he did seem to play the ball first.
Attendance : 22,186
Red Card : Gardner 89 (Birmingham)
Assists : n/a
BLACKPOOL 1 (Phillips 85)
BLACKBURN 2 (Adam 20 og, Emerton 93)
Blackburn netted a last gasp winner to clinch all three points at Blackpool in the Lancashire derby. The visitors went ahead when El Hadji Diouf's cross seemed to pose no danger, however Charlie Adam's cushioned far post header had too much power and not enough direction and drifted wide of his own keeper and into his own net. Blackpool levelled when Luke Varney found sub Matt Phillips who somehow found enough space to fire in from the edge of the area, however in stoppage time the hosts failed to clear a cross and Brett Emerton drilled in a low shot through a crowd of players to clinch it for Blackburn.
Attendance : 15,901
Assists : n/a, Varney, n/a
Everton go bottom after a goalless draw at Fulham. The visitors had the best chances with home keeper Mark Schwarzer saving well from Mikel Arteta and Yakubu whilst the latter also fizzed a shot just wide.
Attendance : 25,598
Assists : n/a
LIVERPOOL 2 (Kuyt 5, Gerrard 64)
SUNDERLAND 2 (Bent 25 Pen, Bent 48)
Sunderland earned a creditable point at Liverpool with the headlines going to referee Stuart Atwell - he of the phantom goal from Watford v Reading last season! The incident in question came inside five minutes when he awarded Sunderland a free kick in their own half. Michael Turner tapped the ball back a few yards with the intention of letting keeper Simon Mignolet take the free kick, however as Fernando Torres ran onto the ball, the referee felt that Turner had taken the kick, waved Torres on who squared for Dirk Kuyt to roll the ball into the empty net. Despite heated protests and a consultation with the linesman, the referee allowed the goal. Sunderland battled back and levelled when Darren Bent thumped a penalty through keeper Jose Reina after Christian Poulsen handled in the area and then put the visitors ahead with an excellent far post diving header after a fine cross from Nedum Onuoha. Liverpool salvaged a point through Steven Gerrard who headed in a deflected cross from Torres. Daniel Agger almost won it late on for Liverpool but headed wide when it looked easier to score.
Attendance : 43,626
Assists : Torres, n/a, Onuoha, n/a
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Tevez 59)
Man City move level on points with Arsenal and Man United ahead of the afternoon games after a superb win against Chelsea - the first time that the Champions have failed to win a league game this season. In reality, the game rarely lived up to it's billing with chances few and far between however City won it on the hour when Yaya Toure found Carlos Tevez in the centre circle and after carrying the ball to the edge of the Chelsea area, he drilled a low shot in off the post to confirm the win.
Attendance : 47,203
Assists : Toure
WEST HAM 1 (Piquionne 29)
West Ham moved off the bottom with a home win against Spurs whose season is yet to kick into life. The only goal came just before the half hour as Frederic Piquionne headed Mark Noble's cross into the top corner.
Attendance : 34,190
Assist : Noble (ck)
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