Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Premier League Week 11 Wrapup


Former Man Utd striker Louis Saha score the late winner goal as substitute against Fulham his former club just three minutes from time. Now Everton looks like eventually got their season going with seven points from their last three games. Saha netted with powerful header at Goodison Park, his first goal in the Premier League since February and first for Everton. Till the 87th minute the neither side deserving to win and match had been poor side. Marouane Fellaini had hit a post for Everton in the first half, while Jimmy Bullard and Bobby Zamora struck woodwork for Fulham in the second period. But that was about the only excitement until Saha's winner. Fulham, who beat Wigan in midweek, named an unchanged side with former Everton striker Andrew Johnson making his first return to the club following his summer move to west London.


Previously Hull pipped Newcastle, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham and almost they would have levelled up or might be choked Man Utd at Old Trafford. But eventually they lost the game by 4-3 and to once Hull were trailing by 4-1 in the first 57 minutes. Hull has winning fresh admirers as they keep on performing best, despite of loosing to Man Utd and failed to level up but they won friends in Old Trafford. In the third minute Ronaldo gave a lead although the slack marking that allowed Ronaldo to exchange passes with Dimitar Berbatov before seeing his shot cannon in off Boaz Myhill's left-hand post Midway through the half, the normally dependable Vidic had a tug at King's shirt, presenting Andy Dawson with the opportunity to curl a dangerous free-kick into the heart of United's penalty area. Cousin rise to the hieghts and glanced his header to cancell the lead and made it 1-1. Six minutes later Vidic and Rooney combined to set up a faster counter attack and Carrick did no mistake to make it 2-1. Just a minute to go for the first half Ronaldo scored his second and its 3-1 for Man Utd. Just before the hour mark Vidic put hosts 4-1. Tweleve minutes later Mendy scored and its 4-2 and eight minutes from time Geovanni scored from his penalty to make 4-3.


West Ham had dominated most part of the game and had taken a lead from Mullins in the 21st minute with energetic game. In the late second half Southgate brings in Mido to replace lacklustre Alves and Mido helped to level the score line for sluggish Middlesbrough through set piece. Boro manager Gareth Southgate named an unchanged team for the third consecutive match while West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola made four changes from the side which lost 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Now West Ham scored just 2 goals in the last 5 games (total 450 minutes of play) and without win in the last 5 encounters.


Wigans new hero Zaki and Heskey gave much needed win for Wigan when they beat Portsmouth by 2-1 at Fratton Park. Pompey new manager Tony Adams have to wait for one more game to sieze his first win as manager. Papa Bouba Diop gave away his second penalty in four days when he brought down Wigan's Titus Bramble for Amr Zaki, the prolific on-loan Egyptian ace, to fire the penalty past David James just seconds before half-time. Pompey substitute Niko Kranjcar appeared to have saved a point for the new boss with an 82nd-minute strike but Heskey pounced even later to snatch the points.


Rory Delap yet again continues his massive long range throw in who is highly specialised and setup two goals as they beat Arsenal by 2-1 at Britannia Stadium. In the 11th minute Delap delivered throw to Fuller for the first goal and then later to Olofinjana in the 73rd min to make it 2-0 and a deflected Gael Clichy effort reduced the deficit. Arsenal went for bad to worse when Walcott and Adebayor injured and Van Persie added icing on the cake when he received the red card when he petulantly charged at Sorensen, knocking him into the net and earning a red card for his trouble.


Nicolas Anelka hat-trick, Lampard 100th Premier League goal and Alex notched up the 1000th Chelsea Premier League goal gave Chelsea a sweet home victory over Sunderland by 5-0 and with this win Chelsea retained the top position in the Premier League table. The Wearsiders, dismal in defeat against Stoke in midweek, were as woeful as Chelsea's passing and movement was wonderful. Sunderland manager RoyKeane has sent off to the stands when verbally remonstrated Officials when he took the frustration on refree Atkinson. Keane had made five changes to the starting line-up, dropping Djibril Cisse and El-Hadji Diouf to the bench and handing striker Kenwyne Jones his first start of the season after recovering from the knee injury which had kept him out for four months. A defeat to Sunderland put them where they won one win in the last 6 games.


Keith Andrews scored his first goal for 10-man Blackburn Rovers to salvage a 2-2 against Tony Mowbray's side at The Hawthorns. Striker Benni McCarthy put Blackburn ahead from the penalty spot before being sent off for two bookable offences. Goals from Roman Bednar and Ishmael Miller looked to have sealed victory for Albion before Andrews' late strike.


Its Pavlyuchenko who gave the second victory to Spurs in the last three games under new manager Harry Redknapp and gave first defeat to Liverpool in this season. Dirk Kuyt gave early lead in the third minute when Gomes was exposed and Kuyt struck blistering finish. Jamie Carragher's own goal appeared to have salvaged a point for Spurs but Harry Redknapp's side had grander ideas. Injury time on the cards then Pavlyuchenko tucked the winning goal from Bent pass. Liverpool allowed a flurry of chances to slip by, with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso missing the pick of them, until Carragher rose high in the 69th minute to nod into his own net.


Ricardo Gardner and Richard Dunne own goal gave a sigh of relief for underfire Bolton manager Gary Megson as they beat Manchester City by 2-0 at Reebok Stadium. In the 76th minute Gardner applied the finishing touch to a wicked low cross from Gretar Steinsson. Gardner then turned provider by crossing low for City skipper Richard Dunne to put through his own goal with two minutes remaining. Bolton were without club-record signing Johan Elmander due to a groin injury and Kevin Davies was asked to plough a lone furrow up front.


Second half brace from Obafemi Martins puts Newcastle out of relegation zone. They beat Aston Villa by 2-0 at St James Park for their second successive win. Having not had back-to-back league successes since April, six points from the visits of midlands duo West Brom and Villa inside a week represents a major boost for a side which had not kept a clean sheet since August 23.

EPL Table
Top 5 > Chelsea = 26, Liverpool = 26, Man Utd = 21, Arsenal = 20, Aston Villa = 20
Bottom 3 > Bolton = 11, West Bromwich = 11, Tottenham = 9

Leading goal scorers
8 = Nicholas Anelka > Chelsea
8 = Amr Zaki > Wigan
6 = Agbonlahor > Aston Villa
6 = Robinho > Man City
6 = Ronaldo > Man Utd

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