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Premiership Weekend Wrap - 05.11.05

last updated Monday 07th November 2005, 11:54 AM

Fulham went and did it on Match Day 12 of the 2005/2006 Premiership campaign. Not only did they score some good goals they also defended well while playing decent football. Manchester City were 4th in the Premiership, going into the game, and transformed since the appointment of Stuart Pearce, winning 10, drawing 7 and losing just 4 times in 21 games. So Man City getting dumped at Craven Cottage was a surprise to most pundits and a few Fulham fans.Chris Coleman's squad have promised much this season but have been unable to get it together on a regular basis. The victory over Man City particularly in light of the win over Liverpool could be indicative of consistent organised performances, at least at home. Coleman can deservedly enjoy the moment for a while longer than usual as there are World Cup games coming up and Fulham don't play again until the 20th November. That game will be a televised Sunday afternoon encounter away at Middlesbrough whose home form is marginally worse than Fulham. Elsewhere on the weekend, of the teams below Fulham in the table, only Everton got any points so there is now a 4 point gap between The Cottagers and the drop zone. My dog when he heard The Obnoxious One got beatSadly Fulham Broadway and the Obnoxious One got beat. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho. Better stop before one wets oneself.

Individual match comments below come the sporting life.

Premiership Match Day 12 Games
Home Away KO T.V.
Saturday 05 November 2005
Aston Villa Liverpool 12.45 0-2
Arsenal Sunderland 15.00 3-1
Blackburn Charlton 15.00 4-1
Fulham Man City 15.00 2-1
Newcastle Birmingham 15.00 1-0
West Ham West Brom 15.00 1-0
Portsmouth Wigan 17.15 0-2
Sunday 06 November 2005
Everton Middlesbrough 14.00 1-0
Man Utd Chelsea 16.00 1-0
Monday 07 November 2005
Bolton Tottenham 20.00 sky1
Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts Gd
1 Chelsea 12 10 1 1 28 7 31 +21
2 Wigan 11 8 1 2 13 5 25 +8
3 Man Utd 11 6 3 2 16 11 21 +5
4 Arsenal 11 6 2 3 16 8 20 +8
5 Tottenham 11 5 5 1 13 7 20 +6
6 Man City 12 6 2 4 15 11 20 +4
7 Bolton 11 6 2 3 13 11 20 +2
8 Charlton 11 6 1 4 16 14 19 +2
9 West Ham 11 5 3 3 15 10 18 +5
10 Newcastle 12 5 3 4 12 10 18 +2
11 Blackburn 12 5 2 5 15 15 17 0
12 Liverpool 10 4 4 2 9 8 16 +1
13 Middlesbro 12 4 3 5 15 16 15 -1
14 Fulham 12 3 3 6 12 16 12 -4
15 Portsmouth 12 2 4 6 11 15 10 -4
16 Everton 11 3 1 7 4 12 10 -8
17 Aston Villa 12 2 3 7 10 21 9 -11
18 West Brom 12 2 2 8 9 22 8 -13
19 Birmingham 12 1 3 8 7 17 6 -10
20 Sunderland 12 1 2 9 11 24 5 -13
Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool - (KO 12.45 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
Liverpool recorded their first away win of the Premiership season as they recovered from a stale first half to win 2-0 at Aston Villa in the Premiership lunch-time fixture.

Djibril Cisse and Peter Crouch missed good chances before Liam Ridgewell fouled the tall England forward.

Referee Steve Bennett awarded the penalty which captain Steven Gerrard converted with ease, before Xabi Alonso wrapped up the points with a measured drive.

Aston Villa Sorensen, Delaney, Mellberg, Ridgewell, Barry, Davis, McCann, Bakke (Hendrie 82), Milner, Baros, Phillips (Angel 61).
Subs Not Used: Samuel, Taylor, Moore.

Booked: Barry, McCann.

Liverpool Reina, Finnan, Hyypia, Carragher, Riise, Gerrard, Alonso, Sissoko, Luis Garcia (Zenden 57), Morientes (Crouch 68), Cisse (Kewell 76).Subs Not Used: Dudek, Warnock.

Booked: Sissoko, Alonso.

Goals: Gerrard 85 pen, Alonso 89.

Att: 42,551

Ref: S Bennett (Kent).

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland - (KO 15.00 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
Arsenal produced a classy performance to see off rock-bottom Sunderland 3-1 at Highbury as Arsene Wenger's side sought to get their domestic campaign back on track.

The impressive Robin van Persie put Arsene Wenger's side ahead, meeting Sol Campbell's raking pass before beating Ben Alnwick after 12 minutes.

Van Persie later flicked the ball wide to Lauren who charged forward and slid an inch-perfect pass across the penalty area for Thierry Henry, who supplied the far-post finish and make it 2-0.

But it was Sunderland who scored the third of the game. After Steven Caldwell headed down a corner, fellow defender Alan Stubbs was in space inside the box to sweep home.

Their hopes of a comeback did not last long, though, as Cesc Fabregas fed Henry expertly for the Frenchman to slot home his second.

Arsenal Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Clichy, Reyes (Eboue 65), Fabregas, Silva, Pires, Van Persie (Bergkamp 71), Henry.
Subs Not Used: Almunia, Flamini, Senderos.

Goals: Van Persie 12, Henry 36, 82.

Sunderland Alnwick, Stubbs, Breen, Caldwell, Nosworthy (Miller 62), Whitehead, Murphy, Robinson, Collins, Gray (Elliott 46), Stead (Le Tallec 46).
Subs Not Used: Davis, Welsh.

Booked: Breen.

Goals: Stubbs 75.

Att: 38,210

Ref: A Wiley (Staffordshire).

Blackburn 4-1 Charlton - (KO 15.00 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
Blackburn enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over hapless Charlton at Ewood Park.

Australian midfielder Brett Emerton gave Rovers the best possible start and as Charlton tried in vain to muster an immediate response, Paul Dickov doubled the deficit.

But after Darren Bent won the ball in the corner and sent it goal-bound, Bryan Hughes bravely muscled in to poke the ball home.

Shortly before the hour mark the lively Morten Gamst Pedersen made it 3-1 as he turned home Steven Reid's right-wing cross and Craig Bellamy added the fourth in added time.

Blackburn Friedel, Neill, Todd (Bentley 73), Khizanishvili, Gray (Mokoena 28), Emerton, Reid, Tugay, Pedersen, Dickov (Kuqi 81), Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Jansen, Lee.

Goals: Emerton 2, Dickov 18, Pedersen 59, Bellamy 90.

Charlton Andersen, Young, Perry, Hreidarsson, Spector, Rommedahl (El Karkouri 70), Ambrose (Thomas 83), Kishishev, Murphy (Bothroyd 70), Hughes, Bent.
Subs Not Used: Holland, Myhre.

Booked: Perry, Hughes.

Goals: Hughes 36.

Att: 17,691

Ref: P Dowd (Staffordshire).

Fulham 2-1 Man City - (KO 15.00 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
Fulham duo Steed Malbranque and Luis Boa Morte were inspirational as the Cottagers beat Manchester City 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

Boa Morte broke free down the left edge of the City penalty area and squared the ball to Malbranque who tapped home in the sixth minute.

City hit back after 20 minutes through Lee Croft but as half-time approached, Boa Morte once again found Malbranque's run and the Frenchman danced around David James to restore the lead.

City missed late chances to rescue a point as Fulham just about held firm.

Fulham Warner, Volz, Bocanegra, Goma, Niclas Jensen, Radzinski, Diop, Malbranque, Boa Morte, McBride (Helguson 77), John.
Subs Not Used: Knight, Batista, Rosenior, Elrich.

Booked: Boa Morte.

Goals: Malbranque 6, 45.

Man City James, Mills (Jihai 68), Dunne, Distin, Ireland, Jordan (Wright-Phillips 80), Croft, Musampa (Sibierski 43), Barton, Cole, Vassell.

Subs Not Used: Thatcher, De Vlieger.

Booked: Barton, Croft, Jordan.

Goals: Croft 20.

Att: 22,241

Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).


Newcastle 1-0 Birmingham - (KO 15.00 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
A goalkeeping howler by Maik Taylor handed Newcastle three fortuitous points against Birmingham.

Both sides had first-half penalty appeals turned down by Mike Dean before Jiri Jarosik came close to breaking the stalemate with a fizzing 40-yard drive which crashed off the post as the second half came alive.

And Birmingham's impressive performance came to nothing after goalkeeper Taylor completely misjudged Emre's shot and could only parry it into his own net.

Newcastle Given, Ramage, Taylor, Bramble, Babayaro, Solano (Clark 82), Parker, Emre, N'Zogbia (Ameobi 57), Shearer, Owen.
Subs Not Used: Elliott, Harper, Faye.

Booked: Taylor, Shearer, Emre.

Goals: Emre 78.

Birmingham Maik Taylor, Cunningham, Martin Taylor, Upson, Clapham, Pennant, Izzet (Forssell 86), Kilkenny, Lazaridis (Pandiani 86), Jarosik, Heskey.
Subs Not Used: Vaesen, Tebily, Painter.

Booked: Lazaridis, Izzet.

Att: 52,191

Ref: M Dean (Cheshire).

West Ham 1-0 West Brom - (KO 15.00 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
Teddy Sheringham's second-half goal against West Brom earned West Ham their fourth home win of the season.

The former England striker scored from close range to seal victory for the Hammers against an Albion side who matched their opponents in the first half but disappeared after the break.

Diomansy Kamara missed chances for Albion in the opening period, but Alan Pardew's men were the stronger side and would have won by a greater margin had Marlon Harewood and Yossi Benayoun been more composed in front of goal.

West Ham Hislop (Bywater 60), Repka, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Konchesky, Benayoun (Newton 90), Reo-Coker (Dailly 45), Mullins, Etherington, Sheringham, Harewood.
Subs Not Used: Bellion, Zamora.

Booked: Dailly, Mullins.

Goals: Sheringham 57.

West Brom Kuszczak, Watson, Curtis Davies, Clement, Albrechtsen, Kamara, Wallwork, Inamoto, Greening, Kanu (Campbell 84), Earnshaw (Horsfield 74).
Subs Not Used: Hoult, Moore, Carter.

Att: 34,325

Ref: P Walton (Northamptonshire).

Portsmouth 0-2 Wigan - (KO 17.15 - Saturday - 05 November 05)
Wigan continued their excellent start to the season and moved to within six points of Premiership leaders Chelsea with a 2-0 victory against Portsmouth.

Pompey laboured in the first half and went a goal down when Wigan full-back Pascal Chimbonda out-jumped the home side to head his second goal in two matches and put Paul Jewell's side ahead.

As Portsmouth struggled to respond, Wigan put the game beyond them when Chimbonda broke forward, squared to Jason Roberts and the striker took his time before finding the net.

Portsmouth Ashdown, Primus, Priske, Stefanovic, Griffin (Diao 76), O'Neil, Hughes, Taylor, Vignal (Robert 60), Silva, Vukic (LuaLua 68).
Subs Not Used: Westerveld, Mbesuma.

Booked: Stefanovic.

Wigan Filan, Chimbonda, Henchoz, De Zeeuw, Baines, Bullard, Francis, Kavanagh, McCulloch, Camara (Taylor 89), Roberts (Jackson 88).
Subs Not Used: McMillan, Pollitt, Mahon.

Booked: Francis, De Zeeuw.

Goals: Chimbonda 48, Roberts 79.

Att: 19,102

Ref: M Clattenburg (Co Durham).

Everton 1-0 Middlesbrough - (KO 14.00 - Sunday - 06 November 05)
Everton hauled themselves out of the relegation zone thanks to James Beattie's third goal of the season in a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough.

It was Everton's first home league win of the season and the first time Goodison Park fans had witnessed a league victory in almost six months.

They have now won two on the trot and, coupled with the excellent draw with Chelsea, the signs are that David Moyes' men are getting back to the belligerence and sheer hard graft which saw them finish fourth in the league last season.

Then they relied on hard-fought 1-0 victories and they have now managed two on the trot after winning by the same score at Birmingham last week.

Everton Martyn, Hibbert, Yobo, Weir, Neville, Arteta, Davies (Kilbane 56), Cahill, Van der Meyde (McFadden 69), Beattie, Ferguson (Bent 76).
Subs Not Used: Wright, Kroldrup.

Booked: Neville, Van der Meyde.

Goals: Beattie 16.

Middlesbrough Schwarzer, Riggott, Ehiogu (Doriva 81), Queudrue, Parnaby, Mendieta, Boateng, Rochemback (Morrison 76), Pogatetz, Hasselbaink, Yakubu (Viduka 54).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Bates.

Booked: Rochemback.

Att: 34,349

Ref: M Riley (W Yorkshire).


Man Utd 1-0 Chelsea - (KO 16.00 - Sunday - 06 November 05)
Darren Fletcher's first-half header ended Chelsea's unbeaten 40-match Premiership run as Manchester United claimed a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

The Scotland midfielder - one of the United players reportedly criticised by captain Roy Keane earlier in the week - looped home the 31st-minute minute as Jose Mourinho's men lost for the first time in the league since a 1-0 reverse at Manchester City in October 2004.

The Blues made a bright start when Frank Lampard's pass picked out Drogba but he was narrowly unable to lift the ball over Edwin van der Sar.

Drogba crashed a shot into the sidenetting from a tight angle, while Lampard's free-kick was dragged well wide as the half came to a close.

Ruud van Nistelrooy then blazed a great opening over the bar following Fletcher's cutback as the second half got underway, while Drobga watched as his shot trickled wide after good work by Eidur Gudjohnsen and Damien Duff.

The Blues continued to press and saw Shaun Wright-Phillips force van der Sar to save low to his left, while Rooney saw a shot deflected wide at the other end.

The champions continued to press but there was no way through as the United rearguard held firm as the 19th anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson's arrival ended on a happy note as the Reds breathed new life into the Premiership title race.

Man Utd Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Brown, Silvestre, Fletcher, Smith, Scholes, Rooney, van Nistelrooy (Park 82), Ronaldo.
Subs Not Used: Howard, Richardson, Bardsley, Rossi.

Booked: Smith, Ronaldo, Fletcher.

Goals: Fletcher 31.

Chelsea Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Gallas, Terry, Del Horno (Carlton Cole 78), Essien (Gudjohnsen 55), Makelele, Lampard, Joe Cole (Wright-Phillips 74), Drogba, Duff.
Subs Not Used: Ricardo Carvalho, Cudicini.

Booked: Drogba, Paulo Ferreira, Gallas, Makelele.

Att: 67,864

Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).

Bolton v Tottenham - (KO 20.00 - Monday - 07 November 05)

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