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Review of Weekend in the Premiership

last updated Monday 29th November 2010, 6:32 PM


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Premiership results
Saturday 27th November
12.45 Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal
15.00 Bolton 2-2 Blackpool
15.00 Everton 1-4 West Brom
15.00 Fulham 1-1 Birmingham
15.00 Man Utd 7-1 Blackburn
15.00 Stoke 1-1 Man City
15.00 West Ham 3-1 Wigan
15.00 Wolves 3-2 Sunderland
Sunday 28th November
13.30 Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
16.00 Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
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Chelsea dropped to third in the Premier League after Manchester United and Arsenal moved above them with wins on Saturday.

United moved top of the Premier League for the first time this season as they brushed Blackburn aside with an emphatic 7-1 win at Old Trafford, whilst Arsenal clinched a 4-2 success at Aston Villa.

Manchester City missed the chance to move level on points with the champions as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke, but Bolton were also held to a draw - 2-2 at home to Blackpool.

At the wrong end of the table there were wins for the bottom two as Wolves came from behind to beat Sunderland and West Ham swept Wigan aside at Upton Park.

Aston Villa (0) 2 Arsenal (2) 4
Earlier in the day Arsenal briefly held top spot as they bounced back to winning ways at Aston Villa in fine style as they sealed a 4-2 win.

Like they did last week against arch-rivals Tottenham, Arsenal found themselves 2-0 up at the break.

The opener came from Andrey Arshavin just five minutes from the interval as he jinked his way into the box before firing past Brad Friedel.

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Premiership table
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 15 7 1 0 24 6 1 6 0 11 10 19 31
2 Chelsea 15 6 0 1 17 3 3 2 3 12 7 19 29
3 Arsenal 15 4 0 3 17 9 5 2 1 15 8 15 29
4 Man City 15 3 3 1 7 5 4 2 2 13 7 8 26
5 Tottenham 15 4 3 1 13 8 3 1 3 10 12 3 25
6 Bolton 15 3 4 1 17 11 2 4 1 11 11 6 23
7 Sunderland 15 3 4 0 9 5 1 4 3 10 13 1 20
8 Stoke 15 4 2 2 12 9 2 0 5 7 10 0 20
9 Newcastle 15 2 3 3 16 10 3 1 3 7 12 1 19
10 Liverpool 15 4 2 1 12 6 1 2 5 5 13 -2 19
11 Blackpool 15 2 2 2 11 11 3 2 4 12 18 -6 19
12 West Brom 15 3 2 2 8 9 2 2 4 12 17 -6 19
13 Blackburn 15 3 2 2 8 6 2 1 5 10 19 -7 18
14 Birmingham 15 3 3 1 7 5 0 5 3 9 13 -2 17
15 Aston Villa 15 3 4 1 12 9 1 1 5 5 15 -7 17
16 Everton 15 2 3 3 10 12 1 4 2 7 7 -2 16
17 Fulham 15 2 4 2 10 11 0 5 2 5 7 -3 15
18 Wigan 15 2 3 3 6 15 1 2 4 5 11 -15 14
19 Wolves 15 3 2 3 12 13 0 1 6 5 14 -10 12
20 West Ham 15 2 3 3 10 12 0 3 4 4 14 -12 12
Samir Nasri then doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time as he lashed the ball home from Arshavin's corner.

Villa found themselves back into the match not long after the interval as Ciaran Clark volleyed home, but Arsenal soon restored their two-goal advantage when Marouane Chamakh poked the ball home.

Clark then made for a nervous finish with his second goal on 70 minutes, but Arsenal held out and even sealed the win with Jack Wilshere scoring in the stoppage-time.

Bolton (0) 2 Blackpool (1) 2
Fifth-placed Bolton missed the chance to close the gap on City as they hit back to force a 2-2 draw at home to Blackpool.

Despite Bolton dominating the opening proceedings, Blackpool went ahead as Ian Evatt flicked the ball home at the near post from Elliot Grandin's corner.

It was 2-0 just after the break and it was almost a carbon copy of the first as Varney flicked on another corner from Grandin and Chung-yong Lee could not keep it out.

Bolton's fightback then started as Martin Petrov smartly hit a half-volley into the top corner.

Owen Coyle's side then clinched a deserved equaliser with just two minutes left and it was a goal of immense quality.

Mark Davies fed the ball into the box where Kevin Davies, Johan Elmander and Ivan Klasnic combined to tee up the midfielder who slotted home.

Everton (1) 1 West Brom (2) 4
West Brom moved up to 11th in the table after an excellent 4-1 success at Everton as both teams finished with 10 men.

The Baggies had not won at Goodison Park for 31 years but they convincingly put that record to bed.

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Up-Coming Premiership games
Saturday  4th December
15.00 Arsenal v Fulham
15.00 Birmingham v Tottenham
15.00 Blackburn v Wolves
15.00 Blackpool v Man Utd
15.00 Chelsea v Everton
15.00 Man City v Bolton
15.00 Wigan v Stoke
Sunday 5th December
13.30 West Brom v Newcastle
16.00 Sunderland v West Ham
Monday 6th December
20.00 Liverpool v Aston Villa
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West Brom took the lead after 16 minutes as they scored with their first effort of the match when Paul Scharner met a Chris Brunt corner and powered his header past Tim Howard.

Ten minutes later it was two as Brunt curled home a wonderful free-kick into the top corner past a deflated Howard.

Everton did pull one back just before the break when the ubiquitous Tim Cahill headed home from Leighton Baines' corner.

Just as Everton had looked like they could get back into the game, their efforts were hugely hampered when captain Mikel Arteta was sent off for a blatant stamp on Gonzalo Jara.

Second-half substitute Somen Tchoyi then extended West Brom's lead with a brilliant solo goal as he curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

It was four late on as Youssouf Mulumbu exchanged a one-two with James Morrison before finishing, albeit off Sylvain Distin's chest.

Mulumbu's day, though, did not end well as just seconds after being booked for his celebrations, he saw red for a challenge on Jermaine Beckford.

Fulham (0) 1 Birmingham (1) 1
Fulham came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Craven Cottage.

Birmingham took the lead on 20 minutes and it was great play from Alex Hleb as he broke down the left before squaring the ball for Seb Larsson, who drove the ball into the corner of the net past Mark Schwarzer

The equaliser arrived just into the second half as Clint Dempsey headed the ball in from close range after Zoltan Gera headed the ball back across goal. .

Man Utd (3) 7 Blackburn (0) 1
Manchester United knew what they needed to do at Old Trafford and they made no mistake as they hammered Blackburn 7-1, with Dimitar Berbatov grabbing five of them.

Anderson won a challenge on Paul Robinson, the ball came back out for Nani and his cross into the six-yard box was side-footed home by Berbatov despite the close attention of Chris Samba.

The second arrived on 23 minutes and again the recalled Anderson was involved as he found Ji-Sung Park. The South Korean then played a one-two with Wayne Rooney before dinking the ball past Robinson.

Just minutes later and things went from bad to worse for Rovers as Pascal Chimbonda inexplicably tried to pass back to Robinson - but he was only able to find Berbatov who rifled the ball into the net.

Just after the break and United made it 4-0, and Berbatov completed his treble - his second of the season - as he exchanged passes with Nani before firing home.

Soon after, Nani got on the score-sheet himself as he turned the hapless Chimbonda inside-out before lashing the ball home.

But Berbatov was still not finished as he swept the ball home after Park saw his shot deflected following good work from Rafael.

And then on 70 minutes he collected his fifth goal. Anderson fed him into the box, his initial cross was charged down but he then slipped the ball past Robinson to make it 7-0.

Blackburn clinched a consolation after Chris Samba headed home Josh Morris' cross from the left.

Stoke (0) 1 Man City (0) 1
Manchester City missed the chance to move level on points with Chelsea as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke.

Micah Richards looked to have won the match for City as he gave them the lead with less than 10 minutes left as he turned Danny Collins before firing into the corner.

But Stoke clinched a point as Matthew Etherington latched onto Tuncay's back-heel before smashing it past Joe Hart - who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

West Ham (1) 3 Wigan (0) 1
West Ham eased to a convincing 3-1 win over third-from-bottom Wigan at Upton Park.

Labelled as a must-win game by their board prior to kick-off, the Hammers were ahead on the half-hour

Frederic Piquionne flicked the ball on, and Steve Gohouri and Steve Caldwell failed to clear which allowed Valon Behrami to get in and poke the ball home.

The second was a brilliant effort from Victor Obinna as he grabbed his first goal in the Premier League. Again the effort was teed up by Piquionne, as the Nigerian broke on the outside before firing into the far corner of Ali Al-Habsi's goal.

Wigan then missed a great chance to pull one back as Danny Gabbidon tripped Tom Cleverly in the penalty box, but Mauro Boselli's dismal penalty was easily stopped by Robert Green.

West Ham then put the game beyond Wigan as Scott Parker slammed the ball home after good work from Obinna.

Wigan did manage to grab a consolation as Cleverley whipped the ball home after great work from Charles N'Zogbia.

Wolverhampton (0) 3 Sunderland (0) 2
Wolves clinched a 3-2 win over Sunderland at Molineux after coming from behind.

After a goalless first half, Wolves captain Kevin Foley smashed home the opener after Craig Gordon could only push Matt Jarvis' shot away.

But Sunderland rallied and scored two goals in 10 minutes to go ahead. Firstly Darren Bent capitalised on an error from Richard Stearman to fire home, before Danny Welbeck's rich vein of form continued as he headed home Phil Bardsley's cross.

But Wolves levelled just minutes later as Gordon could only parry George Elokobi's header and Stephen Hunt tapped home from just a yard out.

Then the winner came in the final minute as Kevin Doyle fed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in the box and he lashed the ball home.

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Newcastle (1) 1 Chelsea (1) 1
Chelsea were again thwarted in their quest for a league win as a monumental cock-up from Alex and Petr Cech saw Andy Carroll nick in to give Newcastle a lead at St James' Park.

Salomon Kalou did level the scores and earn a point for the Blues in freezing conditions on Tyneside, but Chelsea could not find a way back to the top of the table. Four points from five games is not the form of champions, and Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate for a dramatic improvement sooner rather than later.

Tottenham (0) 2 Liverpool (1) 1
Liverpool hearts were broken at White Hart Lane in the final game of the weekend on Sunday, as despite taking a lead they were dealt a cruel blow in injury-time as Tottenham's Aaron Lennon raced through to secure a 2-1 win for the home side.

It was the best Roy Hodgson's Reds had played in a good while and the men from Merseyside were left ruing missed opportunities as, despite taking the lead through Martin Skrtel, Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres could not take clear-cut chances to put the game to bed. Skrtel turned from hero to villain as he put through his own net for the Spurs equaliser, and the result was even harder to take following a dislocated shoulder suffered by Jamie Carragher. Hodgson admits that with fellow Scouse stalwart Steven Gerrard also sidelined, Liverpool are now without the 'lifeblood' of their team.





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Source James Riach at SkySports

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