Monday, November 10, 2008

Premier League Week 12 Wrapup


A brace from young French Samir Nasri gave Arsenal a bounceback from turmoil to beat Man Utd by 2-1 at Emirates. Arsenal came into the match with a horrific draw against bitter-rivals Tottenham and defeat to Stoke and Wenger team was low morale. Adding to low morale Adebayor was injured and Van Persie suspended. Nasri gave the much needed brace as he took the advantage of slack marking. Rafael da Silva, on as a substitute, volleyed home a late strike to give Sir Alex Ferguson's men hope - but there was no repeat of the memorable Spurs comeback. It was Arsenal's first test this season against their traditional top-four rivals - and Wenger's men passed the examination.


All the credit should go to former Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen who saved the Stoke and gave a deserved point at JJB to draw a game against Wigan by 0-0. Stoke offered a little in the attacking sector. Despite a fine win on their travels at Portsmouth last week, Bruce's men had taken just four points from five games at the JJB Stadium this season and fallen to fourth bottom of the table. Both the teams named unchanged team.


In the 50th minute Matthew Taylor scored the half-volley to separate the teams and he inflicted Hull to their third successive defeat. By beating Hull by 1-0 at KC Stadium gave Gary Megson a back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-April. However, such a feat would not have come about but for Jaaskelainen, who produced a virtual one-man show for the remainder of the half to frustrate all connected with the Tigers.

1-2 SUNDERLAND FC v PORTSMOUTH FC (Stadium of Light)

Algerian midfielder Nadir Belhadj had earlier blasted a 51st-minute shot past keeper Marton Fulop to cancel out Djibril Cisse's opener just four minutes into the game. In stoppage time Defoe converted the penalty to steal the three points and gave Tony Adams his first win as Pompey manager. Sunderland have now record only one win in seven Barclays Premier League games, while for the visitors, the victory was their first in all competitions in six.


Former Man Utd striker Louis Saha just took 5 minutes to collapse dream of West Ham to beat them by 3-1 at Uptowm Park. When Everton sub Jack Collison scored on his home debut in the 63rd minute looked that West Ham are cruising to all the three points. But eventually in the 83rd minute equaliser from Lescott header from Saha cross and followed by brace from Louis Saha in the space of two minutes to stunning comeback to crush West Ham. Now West Ham are without win in their last 6 games and snatched just a point so far in those 6 games. Everton gained 10 points from their last 4 games with three wins and a draw.


Finally finally Robbie Keane netted brace and opened his account for Liverpool in Premier League. So a brace from Keane and final minute goal from Arbeloa gave 150th win for their coack Rafael Benitez. In the 34th minute Keane drove home from Gerrard pass and his second goal came in the 43rd minute when he rounded Scott Carson for a minute before the break and Alvaro Arbeloa added Anfield glorry gloss. West Bromwich lost all their then encounters against Liverpool and still they have to score a goal. Torres came from the bench after missing six games in the 73rd minute. West Brom were without James Morrison from the side that drew with Blackburn last time out, Do-heon Kim coming into the team.


On a cold and rain drenched afternoon at Ewood Park, a brace from Nicolas Anelka gave three points to Chelsea and win to celebrate a 60th birthday to Scolari. Now Blackburn are six games without win. Blackburn must have hoped the pouring rain would be in their favour but Chelsea took to the conditions like ducks to water.


Turkey striker Tuncay Sanli's brace in either half gave M'brough a sweet voctory at Villa Park by beating them 2-1. Now Villa have back to back defeat and second win in the last three games for M'brough to climb back inside the top 10 in the table. Sidwell had cancelled out Tuncay's 34th-minute opener on his full league debut for the home side with an equaliser three minutes later. But Tuncay's late winner spared team-mate Afonso Alves' blushes after he was guilty of one of the misses of the season. Martin O'Neill made five changes from the side which beat Slavia Prague in midweek but striker John Carew failed a late fitness test on a hip problem.
James Milner, given a free role behind Gabriel Agbonlahor, had his best game for the club since his £12million switch from Newcastle in August.

1-2 MANCHESTER CITY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS (City of Manchester Stadium)

A brace from Darren Bent and manager Harry Redknapp put Tottenham out of the relegation zone when they beat Man City by 2-1 at City of Manchester City. This game produced three goals and three red cards. Spurs snatched 10 points from four games since Harry came in. Now Man City faced third defeat in a row and they won one game in their last 7 games. City were left cursing their luck, having taken the lead through Robinho. They lost the advantage, after having Gelson Fernandes sent off 10 minutes later for two yellow cards. Then captain Richard Dunne was also dismissed by referee Mike Dean, as was Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto. City made the breakthrough in the 16th minute, thanks to Robinho's eighth goal of the campaign. Bent providing an assured finish in the 29th minute. He gave Hart no chance, after defender Dunne had failed to cut out a long ball from Modric. Spurs went ahead in the 65th minute when Tom Huddlestone picked out Jermaine Jenas in the area. He laid the ball off into the path of Bent, who rattled a shot in off the post.


A goals from Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy put Fulham back into the top 10 in the EPL table for the second time in this season by beating Newcastle by 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Johnson had given Fulham a deserved interval lead when he capitalised on a defensive blunder by Claudio Cacapa to claim his third goal since his arrival in the summer. But Newcastle emerged fired up after the break and their 57th-minute equaliser by Shola Ameobi, which had a hint of offside about it, was fitting reward for their revival. Murphy converted a 66th-minute penalty after Fabricio Coloccini had clipped Andy Johnson while the England marksman was sprinting into the area.

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