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Premiership weekend review

last updated Monday 01st November 2010, 11:51 AM


On the weekend Fulham returned to winning ways and zoomed up the table, Newcastle United thrashed Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, Manchester City were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers while Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all left it late to win.

One of the main talking points of the weekend was dear old Man Utd beating Tottenham with the help of the oddest referee decision for some time

Premiership Results
Saturday 30thOctober
15:00 Arsenal 1-0 West Ham
15:00 Blackburn 1-2 Chelsea
15:00 Everton 1-0 Stoke
15:00 Fulham 2-0 Wigan
15:00 Wolves 2-1 Man City
17:30 Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham
Sunday 31st October
12:00 Aston Villa 0-0 Birmingham
13:30 Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland
16:00 Bolton 0-1 Liverpool
Saturday - 30th October 2010

Arsenal 1 West Ham 0
Alex Song scored an 88th minute winner for Arsenal against West Ham United to ensure his side recorded a third consecutive league victory. Most were expecting a cricket score in favour of the Gunners as they welcomed the bottom-of-the-table Hammers to Emirates Stadium.

But Avram Grant's men battled well, while goalkeeper Robert Green was in excellent form to frustrate his opponents. Indeed, it looked as if Arsenal would have to settle for a draw until Song headed in from Gael Clichy's cross in the dying moments.

Arsenal remain in second following the triumph while West Ham are now four points adrift of safety with a trip to Birmingham next on the agenda.

  Premiership table
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 10 5 0 0 16 0 3 1 1 11 3 24 25
2 Arsenal 10 4 0 1 15 5 2 2 1 7 5 12 20
3 Man Utd 10 4 1 0 13 4 1 4 0 9 8 10 20
4 Man City 10 3 1 1 7 5 2 1 2 6 5 3 17
5 Tottenham 10 2 2 1 6 4 2 1 2 5 6 1 15
6 West Brom 9 3 2 0 8 4 1 1 2 5 11 -2 15
7 Newcastle 10 2 1 2 14 7 2 1 2 5 7 5 14
8 Everton 10 2 2 1 7 5 1 2 2 3 3 2 13
9 Fulham 10 2 2 1 7 5 0 4 1 5 6 1 12
10 Bolton 10 1 3 1 6 6 1 3 1 7 8 -1 12
11 Sunderland 10 2 3 0 5 3 0 3 2 4 9 -3 12
12 Liverpool 10 2 2 1 7 6 1 1 3 3 8 -4 12
13 Aston Villa 10 2 3 0 5 1 1 0 4 4 12 -4 12
14 Birmingham 10 2 2 1 4 3 0 3 2 6 9 -2 11
15 Stoke 10 2 1 2 6 6 1 0 4 4 8 -4 10
16 Blackpool 9 0 1 2 5 7 3 0 3 8 13 -7 10
17 Wigan 10 1 2 3 4 14 1 2 1 3 4 -11 10
18 Blackburn 10 1 2 2 4 5 1 1 3 5 7 -3 9
19 Wolves 10 2 2 1 7 6 0 1 4 3 10 -6 9
20 West Ham 10 1 1 3 5 9 0 2 3 2 9 -11 6
Fulham 2 Wigan 0
Fulham secured their first victory in six attempts as Clint Dempsey's brace saw off Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage.

The American executed a powerful header to break the deadlock before a smart volley doubled the Cottagers' advantage and ultimately sealed only their second three-point haul of the season. Wigan, meanwhile, are spared a place out of the relegation zone by virtue of a point, while just seven goals scored and 18 conceded in 10 matches is clearly far from good enough.

The Latics' next match against Blackburn, who sit below them in the table, is very much a crunch encounter.

Blackburn 1 Chelsea 2
Chelsea maintained their five-point advantage at the summit as Carlo Ancelotti's men dug deep to overcome Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park. Rovers were impressive throughout the 90 minutes, in particular the first half when they took the lead on 21 minutes as Benjani headed home.

But a stunning and clinical attack by Chelsea saw them draw level as Nicolas Anelka scored six minutes before the break. Blackburn then had two golden chances to win the game, with Jason Roberts the most guilty of missing when he should have netted before, almost inevitably, the Blues snatched the spoils as Branislav Ivanovic rose to nod in with six minutes left on the clock.

The result sees Blackburn slide into the bottom three.

Up-coming Premiership games
Monday 1st November 31st October
20:00 Blackpool v West Brom
Saturday 6th November
12:45 Bolton v Tottenham
15:00 Birmingham v West Ham
15:00 Blackburn v Wigan
15:00 Blackpool v Everton
15:00 Man Utd v Wolves
15:00 Sunderland v Stok
Sunday 7th November
13:30 Arsenal v Newcastle
15.00 West Brom v Man City
16:00 Liverpool v Chelsea
Man Utd 2 Tottenham 0
Tottenham Hotspur's 21-year wait for a league win at Old Trafford was extended as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United, whose second goal was rather controversial. Nemanja Vidic headed the Red Devils in front in a tight game before Nani sealed the win in a bizarre manner.

With six minutes renaming, the winger darted into Spurs' penalty area and went down. Nani was adamant he should have been awarded a penalty but referee Mark Clattenburg rejected the appeal. Nani, though, just after hitting the deck, handled the ball. But Clattenburg seemingly failed to spot this offence and instead waved play on. However, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes thought a free-kick had been awarded and as such placed the ball down. Nani acted by knocking home, and, despite Clattenburg consulting with the linesman, the goal was given.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said Clattenburg "made a mess" of the decision.

Everton 1 Stoke 0
Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored his first Premier League goal since April as he fired Everton to a 1-0 success against Stoke City at Goodison Park.

The Nigeria international's winning strike came on 67 minutes as he demonstrated neat control and a powerful finish. However, the Potters were left aggrieved after Tuncay Sanli thought he had broken the deadlock only for his goal to be chalked off by referee Lee Probert for an alleged push on Leighton Baines. For Everton, the success maintained their improved form which has now seen them garner 11 points from a possible 15.

Stoke, meanwhile, have suffered three straight losses, with the club just a point away from returning to the demotion places.

Wolves 2 Manchester City 1
Manchester City slipped to back-to-back league losses as they were defeated 2-1 by Wolves at Molineux. City boss Roberto Mancini labelled the performance as the worst of the season, with the club now eight points behind pace-setters Chelsea.

City did actually begin the encounter well, with Emmanuel Adebayor's penalty putting them in front following a rash challenge by Richard Stearman. But the home side, who had not won since the opening day of the campaign, restored parity when Nenad Milijas angled home following a decent passage of play. And in the second period, in which City practically failed to turn up, David Edwards scored to halt his team's recently poor run of form.

They do, however, remain in the relegation zone. And the tough succession of fixtures does not stop for Wolves as they next travel to Old Trafford.

Sunday - 31st October 2010

Aston Villa 0 Birmingham 0
The less said the better about Aston Villa's Second City derby versus Birmingham which saw the pair play out a goalless stalemate at Villa Park.

Little creativity was on display, ensuring that the spoils were indeed shared. The most noteworthy incident of the 90 minutes was a quite obvious handball by Villa's Nigel Reo-Coker not acknowledged by referee Howard Webb.

The outcome means still just a point separates the two Midlands clubs, with Villa's forthcoming outing a trip to Fulham and Birmingham's a home match-up versus lowly West Ham.

Newcastle 5 Sunderland 1
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce endured a "disastrous afternoon" as his side were beaten 5-1 by bitter rivals Newcastle at St James' Park. Kevin Nolan was the man of the moment for the Magpies as his hat-trick helped the Toon to an inspired win which came following a week of utterly confusing speculation over manager Chris Hughton's future.

Nolan's first strike was well executed as he hooked over his head before he made it 2-0 prior to the interval. And four minutes into injury-time Shola Ameobi coolly finished from the penalty spot following a foul by Nedum Onuoha. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors in the second half as former Magpie Titus Bramble was dismissed. Ameobi grabbed his second of the game in style on 70 minutes before Nolan completed his hat-trick. Newcastle now sit seventh in the table.

Bolton 0 Liverpool 1
Liverpool continued to turn the corner as they claimed a scalp of Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. With four minutes left on the clock, Maxi Rodriguez struck to land Liverpool their second win on the spin and lift the club out of the bottom three and up to 12th.

Key striker Fernando Torres had been guilty of wasting chances to take the lead until the Spaniard executed a fine back-heel that assisted Maxi, who toe-poked home. Staggeringly, considering the Reds' well-documented torrid start to the term, Roy Hodgson's men lie just three points behind Tottenham.

On a different day, Bolton might have stolen the spoils yet they suffered only their second loss of the term. The Trotters next host Tottenham while Liverpool face an even sterner test as, off the back of a midweek Europa League tie against Napoli, they welcome Chelsea to Anfield.

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Source James Dall at SkySports

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